Duo 2 Lightning Cable: Listen & Charge at the Same Time

It's hard to get excited about a Lightning cable. Apple includes one with its compatible devices, although it's easily frayed, and third parties sell versions for about $10. So why pay more for the Vinpok Duo 2 ($24.99)? Because the Vinpok Duo 2 has a number of features the others don't including one special secret. 

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First, the Duo 2 is thin, like the Apple lightning cable, but it is made of a robust braided nylon material that should prove a lot more durable. Next, the Lightning connector tip is also durable, yet small enough to be compatible with even the most rugged of cases.

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Finally, there is a secret connector in-line with the cable, featuring a Lightning port. You can plug in the standard Apple Lightning Earpods, or other Lightning headphones and listen to music while charging. The free shipping offer kicks in with a $25 order total so you'd need to order two of the Duo 2's to be eligbile, or better yet, check out their other interesting accessories

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Pros

  • Thin yet robust braided nylon cable
  • Compact durable Lightning connector
  • In-line Lightning port for music
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Free shipping requires $25 order

Final Verdict

Both the durable materials of which it is constructed and the ability to listen while charging make the Duo 2 a great Lightning cable option.  

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