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Belkin is about to release the first Apple-approved battery pack that features a Lightning port input for charging. The BoostCharge Power Bank Lightning 1oK is arriving soon.

As first spotted¬†by MacRumors, the power bank¬†offers 10,000 mAh of¬†charging power. It’s recharged¬†over a¬†Lightning connector using either a USB-to-Lightning cable or a compatible Lightning dock sold separately. The device is certified under Apple’s MFi licensing program, which assures that the product¬†meets Apple’s standards for quality and compatibility.

Belkin explains:

Designed especially for iPhone and iPad, this portable power bank is the first MFi-power bank to recharge via Lightning connector, allowing you to use the same Lightning cable to charge the power bank, as you use to charge your iPhone. This one-cable solution makes this small, thin, lightweight power bank (aka portable charger) ideal for on-the-go charging and is fully MFi-certified to guarantee compatibility with iPhone and iPad.

Should you buy it?

While it’s great seeing a product like this finally launch, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First is the price. At $59.99, this is about twice what you would pay for a regular battery pack with similar capacity. Additionally, in 2018, a wiser choice might be to get a USB-C battery pack that would work with more devices, including those not made by Apple.

The BoostCharge Power Bank Lightning 10K will be available in white and black.