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Scosche review: USB-C for lightning cable, quick charge adapter and audio transmitter



Scosche, a company known for its wireless headset line, has continued to expand its product base by branching into power and cable accessories, as well as expanding its audio offering. This article takes a look at the different items Scosche has recently released.

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The company's USB-C to lightning cable is a convenient way for MacBook and other new laptop owners to charge their iPhones using their laptops. Since Apple has turned off the older USB-A ports on its latest laptops, the old USB-A to the lightning adapter won't work without an extra dongle that converts a USB-A to a USB-C plug. Considering that the cost of this adapter is almost the price of Scosche's USB to lightning cable, it is easier to use and has fewer parts to keep track of than the adapter approach. The cable is Apple MFI certified, so there are no cheap quality inconsistencies to worry about. It is also 4 feet long and provides fast charging via power supplies that support the technology.

Speaking of power supplies, Scosche has designed this USB-C fast charger to deliver up to 70% charge in about 30 minutes. Given that much power transmission, you may think that it is a bulky brick, but it is surprisingly small, especially when the outlet plugs into the charger for easy transportability. This PowerVolt product is small enough to fit in a pocket or a thin carrying case. When paired with StrikeLine USB-C to lightning cable, it makes a perfect high-powered 18W portable charging solution for the iPhone X family.

And finally, the most interesting product from Scosche. While not necessarily a product designed exclusively for Apple products, this audio transmitter works perfectly with Apple's Bluetooth headset, including AirPods. The FlyTunes transmitter essentially converts all audio devices with a standard 3.5mm monaural and stereo output headphone jack into a Bluetooth device that can transfer up to two Bluetooth headsets simultaneously. The reason Scosche chose the FlyTunes label is because the ideal scenario for the user for the product is when you fly on an airline that uses old headphone connectors in the seat supports. Although you can choose to use the airline's unwanted, cheap wired headset, you can connect to the FlyTunes transmitter so you can listen to the audio-visual presentations using your own Bluetooth-enabled headset. Flytunes actually works with any standard 2.5-inch audio jack, so you can convert all the old wired audio products into modern Bluetooth wireless devices. Even better, if your friend or partner also wants to hear with the Bluetooth headset at the same time, Flytunes supports up to two simultaneous connections. This can make it fun to watch content on an airplane or even on a living room TV with a standard audio output, for a wireless team effort.

The adapter includes both mono and stereo 3.5mm folding connectors, a 4-inch 3.5mm audio cable to extend the connection to hard-to-reach plugs on the rear of TVs and stereo receivers, and a USB-A to USB C charging cable to charge the transmitter to deliver up to eight hours of continuous wireless audio content. Like the Scosche PowerVolt adapter, the FlyTunes transmitter is small enough to easily fit in your pocket and is an ideal companion product to include in your wireless audio style.


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