Review: A Lightning Cable That Expands Your iPhone's Storage

 A Lightning Cable That Expands Your iPhone's Storage

It's easy far too easy to run out of space on an iOS device, especially with gigabyte-hungry HD videos and photos, not to mention 3D games. That's why the iCobra 2 ($39.99) from Emtec is so useful. Not only is it a convenient Lightning charging cable, it also serves as extra storage. You can pickup the iCobra2 in 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB sizes and use that extra storage for photos, videos, or even backups thanks to their free, easy-to-use companion app. It also integrates with Dropbox and Google Drive.

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The iCobra2 Lightning connector is small and should accommodate most cases. However, make sure you get version 2 as it is slightly faster, offering 120 MB/s read speeds and 25 MB/s write versus 100 MB/s read and 20 MB/s write for the previous version of iCobra. You can identify the difference as the older model is white and the newer one is dark gray.

Pros

  • Compact charging cable
  • Doubles as Memory Storage
  • 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB sizes
  • Easy to use app
  • Should accommodate most cases

Cons

  • Make sure you get version 2

Final Verdict

I've tried competing offerings but they usually only offer extra storage. It's nice to be able to also use the iCobra2 as a Lightning charging cable so that's one less thing to pack in your gadget bag.

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