When Apple opened up its licensing for lightning cables and other MFi accessories, this meant consumers were no longer tethered to just Apple made. Many other companies began creating alternative and in some ways better designs. Juicies was one of those companies who decided to create a Kickstarter project for their own Juicies+ Lightning cables. How did they stack up to the original? Find out in the full review after the break!
When we first heard about the Juicies+ cables, we were excited. The standard Apple lightning cables, while they do look good, build quality was less than stellar. Juicies promised high build quality and an amazing design. When their funding reached goal, we went into eager mode waiting for the first deliveries to be sent out.
When we finally received our cables, the packaging on the outside looked good: professional and well designed. The inside packaging of the Juicies+ was less impressive. The cables were embedded in a piece of cardboard which were not cut out precisely.
The Juicies+ cables felt very well built with aluminum end caps for both the USB connection and the lightning connector side. The braided design of the cable felt durable and with the cables being four feet in length, we are no longer facing situations where we wished the cable was longer.
Both the lightning and micro USB version of the Juicies+ cables plugged in tight to our test devices like the iPhone 5S and iPad Mini Retina. We experienced no issues with loose fitting connections or breaks in connectivity.
One of the big reasons why cables like the Juicies+ are wanted by consumers is the fact that they contain components that are licensed and approved by Apple. Sadly, one of the cables we recieved gave us a incompatibility error during testing. After some further research, we found out that we were not the only ones receiving faulty cables (check out the Juicies+ Kickstarter comments section here). Two out of the three lighning cables we received worked perfectly while the last did not. We kept getting the message on our iPhone 5S “this accessory may not be supported.”
We had all three colors delivered to us: Gold, Black, and Silver. All the various colors looked good to us, but the one which we were most critical of was the Gold version. Some of the various comments we have seen are that the gold color of the Juicies+ cable either did not look vibrant enough or did not look gold at all but pink. Our particular sample looked fine to us, with no pinkish hues or color vibrancy issues.
The build quality of the Juicies+ cables were great, no scratches or scuffs on our cables and the braided design gave it a much more durable feel. Our only disappointment (and it’s kind of a big one) is that two out of the three cables we received did not pass the genuine Apple component test. With quality control issues and failures reported by other consumers, we recommend you wait on the Juicies+ cables until they fix the ongoing issues they are experiencing. Had all of the cables worked properly, the Juicies+ would have been one of the best cables we’ve ever used.