Anker's Made for iPhone Certified Flash Accessory Now Available for Preorder

Anker in late December debuted a new Made for iPhone (MFi) certified LED flash accessory that's meant to connect to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max through the Lightning port, and now it's available for preorder ahead of a late January launch.

Anker's ‌iPhone‌ LED Flash is the first Made for ‌iPhone‌ flash accessory that's available for purchase. With Made for ‌iPhone‌ integration, the flash accessory is recognized by Apple's new iPhones and can be triggered using the default Camera app and third-party camera apps.

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According to Anker, the ‌iPhone‌ LED Flash offers twice the range and four times the brightness of the built-in ‌iPhone‌ flash. It will last for approximately 10,000 shots before needing to be recharged, and it comes with a detachable diffuser.

‌iPhone‌ flash accessories are not new and there are other options available on the market, but Anker's is the only one that is Apple certified and able to be synced with the ‌iPhone‌'s camera using the Lightning port.

Anker is charging $50 for the ‌iPhone‌ LED Flash, and it can be ordered from Amazon starting today. Orders will ship out on January 25.

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Unity451 Avatar
19 months ago
Yay for innovation!



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Hodar1 Avatar
19 months ago
First off, the Digital Camera doesn't function at all like a shutter. The image is scanned in, so the light burst needs to be consistent, rather than a burst. I can see where this would do that. Secondly, the color spectrum of the flash needs to be compatible with the scan array - and as this is made for the iPhone, this seems to be a relatively simple step.

Is this professional level? Nope, not even close. To expect a $50 flash to compete with a Nikon SB-5000 flash is ridiculous. I used to play with the Nikon SB-700 back in the 35mm days, and it's a hell of a great flash.

But, at $50 and given what it is, and what it is not - for the average shooter, this may be perfect. Small enough to fit in your pocket, with a charge for 50,000 shots - it can likely do many small tasks well. Very few shots are ruined with too much light - it's usually too little light, or user error.

My only dig, is that I wonder how much abuse that cord is going to take before you have issues with broken wires where it connects to the body. Seems to me that this is a design flaw, inherent in the current version.

It's not a professional's tool - then I doubt it was ever intended to be a professional's tool. For what it is, I'd love to see how it performs. At the price point - it may just be a steal.
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Crowbot Avatar
19 months ago
It does have a tripod mount. For $50 it could be a nice toy.



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GubbyMan Avatar
19 months ago
I want a wireless xenon flash that can bounce off the ceiling.
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tkukoc Avatar
19 months ago

Any actual photos that would tell me the quality of the light from this?
There are some on Anker's forum from a promotional email that was sent out today.

Was excited when I was told about this product in November. Preordered it for sure! Lots of confusion on what this will do. First of all the light can stay constant or not. Which is a huge bonus for video recording. If you need a light weight directional light source this is a nice touch to add to a handheld mini tripod/stick. I always find myself needing just a tad bit more light when filming at night and this will work perfectly for that. For professionals? Not at all, this is for people like myself who enjoy filming random events but need that extra source of light or just want to give some new tech a try. At 50.00 it's not a crazy amount of money to spend on this type of product. It not only has the built in lightning cable but a battery as well.
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TETENAL Avatar
19 months ago
This isn't a flash. It's a photo light.


First off, the Digital Camera doesn't function at all like a shutter. The image is scanned in, so the light burst needs to be consistent, rather than a burst.
Digital cameras do use a mechanical shutter. Even mirrorless ones. The sensor collects light during the whole time the shutter is open. A burst of light with a regular flash is fine.

Some digital cameras (and those in smartphones) can shoot without a mechanical shutter ("electronic shutter" mode). Since the sensor is read out in lines, that leads to the rolling shutter effect.
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