When Apple released the iPhone 5 anyone who got one soon realised that many existing accessories were not going to work. Thankfully Griffin quickly released a car charging cable with a Lightning Connector called the PowerJolt SE and here is our two minute review.
Griffin’s PowerJolt SE sports a low-profile plug for your car’s 12 volt accessory outlet, and a powerful 10 watt charging circuit so your iOS devices with Lightning connectors can power up quickly and safely.
A durable captive coiled cable with Apple’s Lightning connector stretches from 23.5 inches (60 cm) to at least 48 inches (121.9 cm) in length – just right for the car. LED power indicator glows white when PowerJolt is properly connected and ready to charge. With its built-in, self-resetting SmartFuse, PowerJolt SE guards against power fluctuations as it charges.
Who are Griffin?
From their website:
Griffin Technology began designing and manufacturing technical solutions with an innovative flair in 1992. We’ve since grown to become one of the largest providers of accessories for personal computing and digital media.
We ask ourselves: What would you like to do with your computer, your TV, your stereo system, your MP3 players, your musical instruments… the technology that enhances your life?
Our approach has given birth to some of the best known accessories in the digital entertainment and personal computer markets, including the iTrip family of FM transmitters and the groundbreaking Evolve Wireless Sound System.
Today, Griffin designs, manufactures and delivers useful and fun solutions for digital entertainment and personal computing to people in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, through major retailers and online.
- Fast 10-watt car charger safely powers iOS devices with Lightning connector
- Coiled cable stretches from 23.5″ (60 cm) to 48″ (121.9 cm) in total length
- Charge iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad (4th gen.), iPod touch (5th gen.) or iPod nano (7th gen.)
- SmartFuse protects with a built-in circuit breaker; no fuses to replace
- Certified Made for iPhone
- Input: 12 to 16 volts DC @ 2 amps
- Output: 10 watts (5 volts @ 2.1 amps)
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the 1.4 m cable.
A Closer Look
As I mentioned at the start of this review, when Apple released the iPhone 5 (and also the iPad mini) they had a new type of connector on them, called a Lightning Connector. It’s smaller than the connector on previous Apple devices and it also meant that pretty much every accessory you had, cables, cases, charges, etc., wouldn’t be compatible.
Thankfully Griffin stepped up and released a car charging cable with a Lightning Connector so that if you travel by car you can at least charge your iPhone.
The coiled cable is very sturdy – I’ve been using it almost daily now for a few months and it still looks and feels brand new.
The cable works perfectly and charges my iPhone while having enough length to have the iPhone sit nice and surely in my car whilst charging.
The Griffin PowerJolt SE with Lightning Connector retails for around £20, but as usual look around as there are deals to be had.
If you do a lot of driving and you want to keep your iPhone 5 charged this cable is a no brainer and does exactly what it says on the tin – go get one today.
Learn more from the Griffin website.