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Despite micro-USB making its way through the world as a mobile connectivity and charging standard, if you own any Apple devices you need separate cables. Bloobury solves that problem with their retractable 3-in-1 cable that features plugs for micro-USB, lightning, and the old iPod-style 30-pin connector.
As you can see from the photo above, these cables have a pretty big and awkward head because of the three different connectors on each of them. Nevertheless, thanks to their retractable nature, they're fairly compact. I was a little worried the micro-USB cable wouldn't fit some gadgets. While that might be the case with some devices, I snuck it into my camera's narrow charging port without issue. When it comes to phones and other standard mobile devices, you shouldn't have any issue at all.
I've started using these in the community charging station I keep in my home so when people come over, they can charge whatever device they have. I also keep one in my backpack and connect it to an external battery. While I've used it almost solely for the purpose of charging my Android phone over micro-USB, it's nice to know I won't have to swap out cables if I need to connect an Apple device. While these are a bit on the pricy side (around $25), you'll shell out almost as much for a new Apple Lightning cable. If you have multiple devices with different methods of connecting and charging, this 3-and-1 cable ensures you'll have what you need for most gadgets.
3-in-1 USB Data Sync & Charger Retractable Cable (30pin + 8pin Lightning + microUSB, White) ($23.50) | Bloobury Store on Amazon