Belkin Unveils First Lightning Accessories

The first Lightning accessories are finally here. Belkin has announced two accessories using the Lightning connector – a car charger and Charge + Sync dock.

iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, 7th generation iPod nano, iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad that have been launched in September and October come with Apple’s new Lightning connector

It makes Belkin the first official vendor to launch Lightning accessories:

“Belkin was the first third-party manufacturer to develop accessories for the 30-pin connector back in 2003, and we are thrilled to be first to market again with solutions for the new Lightning connector,” said Martin Avila, general manager of Belkin’s core division. “People are eager for Lightning accessories and Belkin’s give them a reliable way to keep their new iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini or iPod touch charged, protected, and ready to go.”  

Belkin Car Charger includes the following features:

  • Updated version of Belkin’s best-selling, slim-profile car charger
  • Hardwired 4′ Lightning cable included
  • Over-voltage protection to protect device
  • MFi certified
  • 10 watt, 2.1 amp
  • Available in Black

Belkin Charge + Sync dock doesn’t include a Lightning connector, but it can be used with Apple’s Lightning to USB cable. It includes the following features:

  • Case-compatible
  • Foldaway AUX jack
  • Cable channel for easy cable feeding
  • Removable magnetic base
  • EarPods audio-out port for headphones or speakers

The car charger and the Charge + Sync dock are both available for pre-order for $29.99 each.

Apple has also announced that the Lightning connector will be supported by a number of third-party accessory makers, including Bose, JBL and B&W.

The fact that Belkin has taken almost two months to launch the Lightning accessories suggests that Apple may not have shared information with the official vendors prior to the event.

[Belkin via MacRumors]

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  • ffac789

    Can’t wait for Best Buy to get some so I can use my employee discount. Then I can finally quit!

  • Cooper

    $30 for the car charger?
    I got a 2.1W USB charger at monoprice for $5 and bought the regular Apple USB->Lightening cable for $18. Still cheaper and more versatile that way.

  • raoul_duke

    I don’t really like the design I will stay with my iPhone dock which uses the original apple cable and is made out of noble rosewood
    see ->

  • Kimk69

    It looks like the car chargers lightning connector is shorter and won’t work witha case like apples adapter. WTF.
    How freakin hard is it. Come on.