Cheap Third-Party Lightning to 30-Pin Adapters For iPhone 5 Available On Amazon

Apple’s iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch and 7th generation iPod nano that were unveiled on Wednesday came with a new dock connector dubbed Lightning, which replaced the 30-pin dock connector that was first launched in 2003.

Apple also launched two adapters for the new Lightning connector, which will allows users to connect their iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch and 7th generation iPod nano to 30-pin accessories.

But Apple has come under a lot of fire for pricing the Lightning to 30-pin dock connector for $29 and Lightning to 30-pin dock connector (0.2m cable) for $39.

It was widely speculated that Apple would hold the exclusive right to make and sell such adapters, denying third parties the required licenses, at least initially.

But 9to5Mac has discovered that at least couple of accessory manufacturers who have started taking pre-orders for the Lightning to 30-pin dock connector.

A company called Nanotch is selling it for $17.95 and lists the following features:

  • Lightning cable adapter for newest generation of Apple products.
  • Adapter to use your new Apple products with older accessories.
  • Use your iPhone 5 with older models of accessories.
  • 20cm cord.
  • Small adapter for easy connection.

Another company called iTronz is selling the Lightning to 30-pin dock connector for just $9.99, which looks similar to Apple’s adapter.

While this is good news if you were looking for a cheaper option, it may be prudent to hold off buying it until we get some reviews about such third-party Lightning to dock connectors, but there is some ray of hope.


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[via 9to5Mac]

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  • wolverinemarky

    nice gotta love how fast they can get these knockoffs made, cant wait to see actual lightning cables that cheap could use a few extra like i had for my iphone 4s

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  • Cooper

    I got my old style USB->30pin from monoprice for like $2 each. I was planning on waiting for cheap adapters to spring up so I can get one for those old cables and my car charger. I had no idea it would be so soon!

  • Chris

    Took them longer than I thought it would, but the price is still not where it needs to be.

  • Aznluder

    No thanks. Until these cables are properly tested and reviewed I would not trust my brand new iPhone 5 with knock off cables.


    does it support video?

  • Edwin Alcaraz

    the images looked photoshopped.. what’s the shipping time on one of these?

  • Nabil Hassani

    I am holding off buying the new iPod Touch 5 because of the non availability of an adapter that does video. I got most video adapters (dvi/hdmi) for ipod touch 4g, and do not wish to spend on buying all over new adapters… even if I sell all this I will still lose as I am sure the new adapters will be more expensive and the new iPod is not cheap either… Apple are too greedy…

  • Greg

    Be warned the the adaptor from iTronz (as pictured above) as well as those from Apple itself (as pictured like the ITronz unit shown) do not work if your iPhone 5 is in a case. I own a Speck case which prevents the adaptor from plugging in all of the way. Now the Nanotch adaptor does fit because the base of the adaptor is separated by a short cable and terminate in the smaller lightening plug which is not hampered by an outer protective phone case. I had to return my $39 Apple adaptor.