CES 2019: Belkin Announces the First Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cable

Up until now, if you wanted to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable, your only option would have been to buy it directly from Apple. At $29, the cable is extremely expensive and puts it out of the reach for most people. Belkin has now become the first third-party accessory maker to announce a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Belkin will be offering its BoostCharge USB-C to Lightning cables in lengths of 4ft, 6ft, and 10ft. They are made from DuraTek for additional reliability, with Belkin including a leather strap with the cables to prevent them from tangling. The 4ft cable is priced at $24.99, with the 10ft one coming in at $34.99. It will go for sale from this spring.

A USB-C to Lightning cable will allow 2016 and newer MacBook Pro and MacBook owners to connect their iPhone or iPad directly without requiring a dongle. The wire will also allow one to make use of USB-PD fast chargers to charge their iPhone 8 or newer to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

Belkin’s USB-C to Lightning cable is not cheap but it is only a matter of time before cheaper cables start hitting the market.

Belkin Power

Apart from the USB-C to Lightning cable, Belkin also announced the BoostCharge USB-C battery pack. The 20,000mAh power bank offers up to 30W of output and can fast charge Apple’s iPad Pro or even the Nintendo Switch. There’s an additional 12W USB-A port on the power bank as well. The power bank will cost $29.99 when it launches this spring.

Additionally, Belkin also announced two new BoostCharge USB-C chargers. One of them is meant for home or office use, while the other one is meant for cars. They both offer up to 27W of power and are USB-PD and Quick Charge 3.0 compliant.