Belkin Debuts First MFi-Certified Power Bank With Lightning Input ➝

Eric Slivka, writing for MacRumors:

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 Lightning 10K, 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.

I bought Aukey’s 3600 mAh power bank with Lightning input last year in my quest to go Lightning everything in my travel kit. But the Aukey isn’t MFi certified, the capacity is fairly small, and the unit tends to get hot while in use. This Belkin model looks like a great replacement and it even features LED indicator lights that give you a decent amount of granularity regarding the battery’s current charge.

I’d like to see Belkin head this direction with their Valet Charger as well, which has an Apple Watch charging pad on top. That would be an ideal travel charger for me because I wouldn’t have to clutter my bag with an Apple Watch charging cable. But the Valet Charger charges over Micro-USB and I’d likely want to keep a compatible cable in bag, which defeats the purpose. If Belkin offered a Valet Charger with Lightning input, it would be a no-brainer.

Update: Greg Morris noted on Twitter that Besiter has been selling MFi certified power banks with Lightning inputs for some time.