Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Belkin builds the first power bank with a Lightning charge port

Say goodbye to that Micro-USB cable you've been carrying around. The company claims this juice pack is the first to be MFi-certified with a Lightning connector for charging.

The need to use proprietary Lightning cables with your iPhone creates some complications, including for external batteries - you'll have to carry a separate cable just to top up your power pack.

While we've seen batteries that charge via Lightning before, there haven't been any that are Apple-approved.

Case in point is Belkin's new BOOST CHARGE Power Bank 10K with Lightning Connector. The power bank has a 10,000mAh capacity and can be purchased with a Lightning dock for cable-free recharging.

The unit is now available to pre-order from the Belkin website and costs $59.99.

The device, which is offered in black and white colors, has a simple and rounded design relatively similar to Apple's design aesthetics, making it blend in well with one's existing devices. According to the folks at MacRumors, who got their hands on one of these power banks, the pack has a 2.4-A fast-charge port for devices with big batteries and a 1-A port for smaller cells like those in an iPhone. Charge indicator comes in the form of LED dots. The new Boost Charge model is expected to start shipping in August.

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