If you take a look at the Apple’s online store you’ll see that there are all kinds of cables and adapters available, even though most of us can hardly imagine what their function is. Of course, some of their names are self-explanatory, especially if they come with only one function. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take a look around and even read some reviews like this one, which can tell you all about a certain cable or adapter, and even unveil some secrets and tips.
In this review we’ll take a look at CableJive’s dockXtender for Lightning devices. On a first look you might think that there’s not that much to say about a simple-looking cable, but you’re wrong. Especially because this is the Lightning cable. It’s available for purchase, and you can place your order right from the official CableJive website. Just over two feet in length, this cable is priced at $26.
The main and only role of dockXtender is to bridge a gap between your phone and another Lightning-equipped device. This is actually much more helpful than you can imagine. For example, if you use one of those dock-equipped speakers which feature the Lightning plug, you’ll be able to use dockXtender so you can still freely use your iPad and even watch movies while placing it in a stand. You can also add some additional length to the Lightning cable you already own, so this is yet another interesting role. There are also some other things you can do with this cable, but more on that later.
When it comes to build quality, it seems that dockXtender is as tough as Apple’s own cables and even stronger in some areas. As you can see from the pictures, on one end there’s the Lightning plug while the other end is finished off with an enclosed Lightning port. These are designed to be compatible with a wide range of available cases, so the good news is that you’ll be able to use those Lightning devices even while your phone is placed inside a case. When it comes to the Lightning port, it’s designed to be a bit larger than a typical USB end, which still means that it’s compatible with almost any type of Lightning-equipped accessories.
What you also need to know is that the dockXtender isn’t certified by Apple, which means that if you connect it without an accessory on the other end, you’ll trigger an iOS compatibility warning. On the other hand, this doesn’t mean that there are any compatibility issues, since even though I’ve tested it on a large number of devices I never experienced a single issue. What this also means is that this cable might not work with the future versions of iOS, since Apple is known for its intention to suppress unauthorized cables and adapters.
Finally, one more interesting thing about dockXtender. We’ve reviewed MOGA’s game controller a few weeks back, and this is where we’ve seen a big issues with connectivity. This extender is able of solving that issue and even turning your iPad into a gaming console.