For a while now, I’ve been in need of an additional USB to lightning cable for my iPhone 5. I’ve got tons of the old 30-pin style cables at home, but only one of the lightning connector cables that came with my phone. I’ve been putting off buying one for a while, as the Apple ones seem expensive and with the authentication chip in the lightning connector, alternatives are limited. A couple of weeks ago, I happened across the Eastern Collective cables on coolhunting.com. I liked the individuality of their cables and although they’re expensive, they’re not much different to a standard Apple cable, cost-wise. I ordered one from easterncollective.com and it turned up the other day:
The company is based in the States and I couldn’t find a UK distributor. The Eastern Collective web shop will ship to the UK and with the current GBP/USD exchange rate, it wasn’t criminally expensive, so I took the plunge. The cable arrived within a week or so, which wasn’t bad considering it had come half-way across the world. Eastern Collective also do a range of other cables, including Apple 30-pin and mini USB in all sorts of patterns & colours. I chose a blue & yellow one:
The USB end of the cable has a nice Eastern Collective logo on it:
The lightning connector end is as you’d expect:
The quality of the cable and the connectors appears very good and the pattern looks ace, with vivid, bright colours. It’ll certainly stand out at home amongst the nest of white 30-pin cables and make it easier for me to pick the right cable for my iPhone 5.