Smartphone connectors are a tough nut to crack. It’s hit or miss, but all too easy to miss unless you stick with the expensive, top-tiered 1st party cables. If you’re on an iOS device, that means at least $30 a pop for Lightning. Android owners are much better off with MicroUSB, which nearly everything uses. Still, too many cables are either poorly built, generally inflexible, low quality, easy to break, and sometimes cheap.
Lightning Rabbit sent over their line of cables, one each for Lightning, MicroUSB, and the older 30-pin: the Lightning Rabbit, Micro Rabbit, and Old Skool Rabbit, respectively. Aside from the nice nomenclature, the Rabbit cables all use fabric-sealed wiring, making them all very flexible, and each is a 5-foot cable with a thin USB connector. If you use a smartphone case that typically blocks all but the thinnest charging cables, this line won’t help.
However, the Rabbits are finished with aluminum ends, which I’ve carried around vagrantly in some horrifying conditions and they’ve kept their integrity. Little touches make a big difference; laser-etched symbols show users which side is up so you always plug in the right way. And unlike most cables, these are customizable by color, with options like Royal Purple, Classy Silver, and Blazing Orange.
I’ve tested on a multitude of devices and in various scenarios to determine the quality of the Rabbit cables. While MicroUSB is fairly standard regardless of what the manufacturer has done, Lightning cables vary in quality. The Lightning Rabbit is good, not great. It works perfectly with dedicated power connectors, and on newer laptops with full-power USB ports. Older machines with USB 2.0 ports that weren’t made for charging smart devices have a wavering power signal though, which is typically the sign of a poor cable. However, low-quality cables generally fail across all PC-based USB connectors unless they’re 10W compliant; the Lightning Rabbit only had a flaring connection on older USB 2.0 connectors on older laptops.
The Micro Rabbit and Old Skool Rabbit both performed as expected, without concern and fully. They worked on a 12W power adapter and charged just as fast as first-party cables, as did the Lightning Rabbit.
If you’re looking for some new cables, for iOS devices the Lightning Rabbit and Old Skool Rabbit are good choices assuming you have a relatively new laptop (with USB 3.0), especially considering the price: $20 and $15, respectively. For the Micro Rabbit however, the $15 price tag is pretty high; I’ve got drawers of the cable type and will likely never need one again because everything comes with one. Most people do; if you need a spare, this is an expensive option.
Bottom Line: The Lightning Rabbit and Old Skool Rabbit are great, inexpensive cables, for newer laptop owners.
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