By Paula Bostrom on Fri, 09/06/2013
A charging cable is usually just a charging cable. They accomplish the same thing by giving life to our favorite iDevices.
However, the boltBOX lightning charger by Scosche ($24.99) intrigued me. I liked the nifty, compact design of the boltBOX and the wide range of colors to choose from. I received a red boltBOX to review.
Even though there are many other retractable cables out there, my previous solution to keeping my charging cable together when away from home was to wind it up and wrap a rubber band around it before putting it in my bag. I know, I know, I'm pretty high tech that way.
But now when I use the boltBOX charger, I simply pull each end of the three-foot cable out of the mini-box and charge away. When I'm finished, I pull both ends again and it quickly winds back up and the connectors fold back into the box. That's what sets the boltBOX apart from other retractable charging cables—the connectors are folded up too and not left sticking out on each end.
I now use the boltBOX as my charging cable at home and take it with me when I travel to make sure my iPhone and iPad stay juiced up. No more rubber-banded charging cables for me.