Truffol reversible USB lightning

Online retailer Truffol has launched a reversible Lightning cable for models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPods that support the connection technology. This marks the first reversible Lightning cable, meaning there is no wrong way to plug it into the USB port on your charger or computer as there is on the official cable sold by Apple.

Apple hasn’t officially launched or embraced a reversible Lightning cable as of yet, but is rumored to do so when it launches the iPhone 6 in the coming weeks. Truffol is allowing you get a leg up on the Cupertino-based company for a measly $9.99.

We haven’t had the chance to test the cable offered by Truffol, but the online retailer claims it works seamlessly. It’s a standard 1.0m (3.3ft) cable, the same offered by Apple, but isn’t MFi certified. Truffol offers a one-year product warranty, along with a 30-day return.

A study released by The Guardian earlier this month found a reversible USB cable could save you time in life. It found that users miss the USB point roughly 60 percent of the time. The Guardian multiplied the total number of seconds potentially saved across the year – aka 4.5 seconds per user for the 365 days of the year – a double sided Lightning cable could save iPhone owners 147,825,000,000 seconds a year. Of course, the study was pretty unscientific.


Prolific Apple leaker Sonny Dickson was the first to show what is claimed to be a reversible USB port on the new Lightning cables. It’s unconfirmed, but a patent filed by Apple in 2013 mentioned “reversible or dual-orientation USB plug connectors” that will potentially “reduce the potential USB connector damage and user frustration”.

Truffol seemingly has a head start on Apple, supporting 2.4A of high-current charging that is found on the iPad Air. For $10, this doesn’t seem like a shabby little gift to yourself for waiting until the next-generation iPhone is released. We definitely feel your pain on the wait time.

[Truffol via 9to5toys]

  • Liam

    first, cool charger btw

  • David Gitman

    wow ! only 10$??

    • chris125

      Agree. Apple will charge $29.99 or more

  • Bugs Bunnay

    i’ll take 2 6 dollar thickcut burger heart attacks thank you very much!

  • Merman123

    Great, now they spoiled it.

  • That was quick. Shouldn’t Apple do something about it?

    • No Apple had to approve of it to be certified in the first place, besides the fact of it being a reversible USB that already exists. Apple just wanted to develop there own with the lightning connection.

      • Andrew Roth

        It’s not certified. And Apple has trademarks on that. So yes, they should (and might) take action. Read the article.

      • Typo.. supposed to say ‘Not if’ instead of No my bad.

  • just bought it

  • Diego

    bought it too ;D

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Wait so do you have to have an updated USB port on your laptop or computer or will it alreadY work…? That part kinda confuses me.

    • JayDee917

      No, apparently it works with existing USB ports.

  • Dan

    The fact that it’s 10$ is good. Although I don’t get the fuss about the reversible usb cables, I’ve never found it complicated to plug them in =P

  • john diaz

    10 dollars hmm peculiar

  • Negative_Return

    Apple might as well call their customers stupid for creating such a cable in the first place.
    What’s next, Apple’s gonna wipe your ass for you too?

  • blu

    I’m in for one, hope it works on my phone

  • Valinor

    Its not a certified cable, so it will probably stop working after a while.

  • Is the first image actually how the USB side is?

  • Warmachine69

    Is it USB 1 or 2 or 3

  • Andrew

    I left my charger behind on the bus the other day, but I think I’ve found my replacement!