Belkin Debuts First MFi-Certified Power Bank With Lightning Input

Belkin today is launching the first power bank with Lightning input to be officially certified under Apple's MFi licensing program, assuring that the product meets Apple's standards for quality and compatibility. Belkin's BOOST↑­CHARGE Power Bank 10K with Lightning Connector, priced at $59.99, offers 10,000 mAh of charging power and is recharged over a Lightning connector using either a USB-to-Lightning cable or a compatible Lightning dock sold separately.


On the output side, the Power Bank 10K with Lightning includes a pair of USB-A ports, one at 2.4A for faster charging of iPhones and iPads and one at 1A for slower charging. A button-activated set of four LEDs on the top of the Power Bank shows the current charge level, and the button also lets you toggle between charging input and output modes if needed.


While power banks most commonly use micro-USB for charging input and a few are shifting over to USB-C, Lightning offers the benefit of needing only a single cable to both charge the battery pack and use the battery pack to charge your phone. If you've got a Lightning dock on your desk, you may also be able to use that to recharge the power bank, although it is significantly thicker than an iPhone so not all docks will be able to accommodate the power bank.

Charging on an Apple Lightning dock

The Power Bank 10K measures about 6 inches long, around 2.75 inches wide, and a little under 0.75 inches thick, so it's slightly smaller but substantially thicker than a Plus-sized iPhone. It weighs a little over 8 ounces, about 25 percent more than a Plus-sized iPhone.

In my testing, the power bank worked well, efficiently charging an iPhone connected to the 2.4A USB port. It also appeared to be able to maintain rated charging speeds with devices connected to both USB ports simultaneously. Recharging the power bank took three hours or so when connected to an iPad charger.


Beyond standard power banks, the launch of the first MFi-certified Lightning battery may also bode well for future similar accessories from other manufacturers, including the possibility of iPhone battery cases with Lightning input, a product family long requested by users.

Belkin's $59.99 BOOST↑­CHARGE Power Bank 10K with Lightning Connector will be available in black or white and is available for pre-order starting today through Belkin. It should begin shipping around the beginning of August.

For peace of mind, the BOOST↑­CHARGE Power Bank 10K with Lightning Connector includes Belkin's $2500 Connected Equipment Warranty, offering protection for any equipment damaged by power spikes or surges while properly connected to the power bank.

Note: Belkin provided a sample of the Power Bank 10K with Lightning Connector to MacRumors free of charge for the coverage purposes. No other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Belkin and may earn commissions on purchases made through links in this article.

Tag: Belkin

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
26 months ago
Not an investment I would make in 2018...

USB-C can charge power banks faster, a USB-C to Lightning cable can charge a phone faster, and wireless is starting to take root with the promise of faster charging to come.

I envision a future power bank with a fast Qi charger, but if we’re stuck with Lightning we might as well take advantage of fast charging USB-C tech.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
26 months ago
Just in time to be immediately obsolete.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
26 months ago

This doesn’t charge wirelessly? What a waste. So if I want to charge my phone whenever it's in my pocket, I need a mess of cables. No thanks.

How long do you think 10,000mah would take wirelessly at 5 or 7.5w? No thank you.

That said, WHY would they do one port at 1 amp and 1 at 2 amps? WHY make it complicated?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
26 months ago

Not an investment I would make in 2018...

USB-C can charge power banks faster, a USB-C to Lightning cable can charge a phone faster, and wireless is starting to take root with the promise of faster charging to come.

I envision a future power bank with a fast Qi charger, but if we’re stuck with Lightning we might as well take advantage of fast charging USB-C tech.

The new iPhone is coming with an 18W USB-C to Lightning adaptor. Couldn't that cable be used to charge this, meaning one less cable to carry in a bag?

Just in time to be immediately obsolete.

How so?

Just in time for Apple to kill Lightning in favor of USB-C. Also that is very overpriced for 10K and no USB-C PD output.

Apple is not killing Lightning in favor of USB-C, lol. And they likely won't until they go fully wireless for charging. Apple is using USB-C to Lightning in upcoming iPhone models. Nobody seems to understand that Apple isn't switching to USB-C in iOS devices because USB-C is nearly twice as thick as Lightning and it's a more fragile connector with the center piece that can snap off. Lightning is solid and thin and can take higher charging rates once it's supported in hardware.

Lightning has been around since the iPhone 5 and they're just now getting around to doing this? Why did they wait so long? I would've considered buying one of these three or four years ago for the sake of only having to carry one type of cable, but there's no way I'd buy one today when Lightning probably has a limited time left.

What makes you think Lightning has limited time left? True wireless charging is still several years away at a minimum. Until then we have the Lightning port.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
26 months ago


Apple is not killing Lightning in favor of USB-C, lol. And they likely won't until they go fully wireless for charging. Apple is using USB-C to Lightning in upcoming iPhone models. Nobody seems to understand that Apple isn't switching to USB-C in iOS devices because USB-C is nearly twice as thick as Lightning and it's a more fragile connector with the center piece that can snap off. Lightning is solid and thin and can take higher charging rates once it's supported in hardware.

What makes you think Lightning has limited time left? True wireless charging is still several years away at a minimum. Until then we have the Lightning port.

I have to agree with macduke here. After having my MacBook Pro 13' 2017 - I'm not a fan of USB C. I don't think Apple is getting rid of lightning ports anytime soon.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
26 months ago

WHY would they do one port at 1 amp and 1 at 2 amps? WHY make it complicated?

Same reason every other battery charger does, so save money by using off-the-shelf parts.

The basic power control chips that 90% of all these battery packs use only supports a certain maximum output in W. Usually I see 18W max output is the limit on the battery packs of roughly 10,000mah size. So that's 3.6A total at 5V. My bet is the 1A port is actually 1.2A, as they usually are.

Putting in smart switching USB ports adds expense to the control circuit, so they just do the lazy/cheap thing and split it as 1.2A (6W) and 2.4A (12W), which are roughly the power outputs of the stock Apple chargers for iPhone and iPad (5W and 10W).

Splitting it as 9W each, making an equal 1.8A per port doesn't make much sense because it's neither here nor there. It's more power than needed to charge an iPhone at a normal speed but less power than needed to charge an iPad at the normal speed. This way, you have at least one port capable of charging an iPad.

Even good reputable companies like Anker sometimes do this. Their 20,000mah battery pack has a 12W output and an 18W output (2.4A and 3.6A).

Though honestly, for $60, Belkin shouldn't have cheaped out on the controller circuit. They should have both ports supporting 2.4A at least.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Hands On With iPhone 12 Models Showing New Sizes and Design

Monday July 6, 2020 2:04 pm PDT by
Ahead of the launch of new iPhones we often see dummy models created based on leaked schematics and specifications, with those models designed to let case makers create cases for the new devices ahead of their release. We got our hands on a set of dummy models that represent the iPhone 12 lineup, giving us our first close look at the iPhone 4-style design and the different size options. Subscri ...

Everything New in iOS 14 Beta 2: New Calendar Icon, Files Widget and More

Tuesday July 7, 2020 11:38 am PDT by
Apple today released the second beta of iOS 14 to developers for testing purposes, tweaking and refining some of the features that are coming in the update. Below, we've rounded up all of the changes that we found in the second beta. - Calendar icon - There's a new Calendar app icon in iOS 14 beta 2, with the day of the week abbreviated rather than spelled out. - Clock icon - The clock...

iPhone 12 Sizes Compared with iPhone SE, 7, 8, SE 2, X, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max [Update]

Tuesday July 7, 2020 6:49 pm PDT by
Apple is planning on launching the iPhone 12 this fall which is rumored to be coming in 3 different sizes: 5.4", 6.1" and 6.7". The middle size (6.1") matches up with the currently shipping iPhone 11, but the other two sizes will be entirely new. Over the weekend, there was some excitement about how well the new 5.4" iPhone 12 compares to the original iPhone SE. Those who have been hoping...

Tom Hanks Discusses 'Heartbreaking' Shift of WWII Film Greyhound From Theatrical Blockbuster to Apple TV+ Exclusive

Monday July 6, 2020 7:53 am PDT by
Tom Hanks' WWII drama "Greyhound" is set to premiere on Apple TV+ this Friday, July 10, and ahead of that debut the actor gave an interview with The Guardian discussing the film. "Greyhound" was originally planned to see a theatrical release this summer, and was repeatedly delayed in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Apple won the streaming rights to the film, and in the new...

Developer's Visual Comparison of macOS Catalina and Big Sur Offers Closer Look at Apple's UI Redesign for Macs

Tuesday July 7, 2020 4:00 am PDT by
macOS 11 Big Sur is the next major release of Apple's operating system for Mac, and following its preview at WWDC, one of the biggest discussions has revolved around the all-new user interface redesign. Developers are still learning what the impact the new UI will have on their apps, and with that in mind, app designer Andrew Denty has compiled an extensive visual comparison of the user...

5.4-Inch iPhone 12 Model Size Compared to Original iPhone SE and iPhone 7

Saturday July 4, 2020 9:44 pm PDT by
iPhone 12 dummy models based on leaked schematics have been starting to circulate online and in online marketplaces. Not happy with the circulating size comparisons between the rumored 5.4" iPhone 12 and the original iPhone SE models, MacRumors forum user iZac took matters into his own hands and purchased his own 5.4" dummy model to provide more detailed size comparisons between the original...

Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch iMac Continue to Slip, Now Into September

Monday July 6, 2020 6:55 am PDT by
Amid rumors and hints of a forthcoming update for the iMac, supplies of Apple's current 27-inch iMac continue to dwindle with mid- and high-end stock configurations now seeing shipping estimates pushed back into September. The 27-inch iMac has seen tight supplies and extended shipping estimates for months now, but the situation has been gradually worsening to the point where new buyers can...

Apple Cuts iPhone Trade-In Values as iPhone 12 Launch Nears

Tuesday July 7, 2020 7:46 am PDT by
With just two months to go until the usual timeframe for Apple's iPhone launch events, Apple is cutting back on maximum trade-in values of previous-generation iPhones for those looking to upgrade to a new model. Maximum values on more recent models have dropped by $30–$50, while older models have generally dropped by $5–$20 with a few models seeing no change in value.iPhone XS Max: $500 to...

Analyst Believes iPhone 12 Pricing Will Start $50 Higher Even Without EarPods or Charger in Box

Wednesday July 8, 2020 9:35 am PDT by
Despite multiple reports indicating that Apple will not include EarPods or a wall charger with iPhone 12 models this year, one analyst believes that pricing will still increase slightly compared to the iPhone 11 lineup. In a research note provided to MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu forecasted that iPhone 12 pricing will start at $749 for a new 5.4-inch model, an increase of $50 over the base...

14-Inch MacBook Pro With Mini-LED Display Expected to Enter Production in 2021

Wednesday July 8, 2020 7:51 am PDT by
Apple suppliers will begin competing to win manufacturing orders for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED displays in the first quarter of 2021, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. Rumors of a 14-inch MacBook Pro have surfaced since Apple replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model last year. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that...