Belkin - Lightning Audio with Charge Adapter - White

Enjoy nonstop music while charging your iPhone with this Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter. It keeps your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus fully functional while plugged in, and it's compatible with Apple MFi-certified cables and headphones. The 12W power pass-through of this Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter provides optimal charging speed for compatible devices.
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    • Belkin Lightning Audio with Charge Adapter

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1027 out of 1114)

    Features


    Compatible with any Lightning device that runs iOS 10 or later

    For precise fit.

    Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar

    Makes it possible to listen to Lightning Audio while charging your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Enjoy music or talk through Lightning Audio headphones while you charge.

    Lightning connector

    Provides a simple connection.

    12W pass-through charging

    Powers up the iPhone/iPad at maximum speed. So whether you're listening to music, watching videos, using navigation, or taking calls, you can charge anywhere.

    Supports up to 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output

    The Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar supports the full ecosystem of Lightning Audio headphones. Compatible with Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter.

    Apple MFi certified

    "Made for iPhone" and "Made for iPad" mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone or iPad respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple specifications.

    Apple, the Apple logo and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

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    Customer rating

    4.5
    93%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for iPhone 7 users who don't use Bluetooth

      Posted
      Namdnas
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      Ok, what we are dealing with here is pretty much a "limited use" adapter designed for a specific purpose. As we know, the issue with the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phones is that there's no longer a 3.5mm headset jack. Which now limits us to using the single lightning port to both use a wired headset and to charge your phone, leaving it impossible to do both at the same time. Enter this Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar adapter. Barring the name, this is perfect for the specific use that it is made for. Basically, you plug the adapter into the lightning port of your phone (or iPad, or any device using a lightning port) and it works as a splitter, splitting it into two lightning ports. This allows you to both charge and listen to audio, as well as phone calls, at the same time. In my testing, it worked flawlessly. I called my friend using the adapter and he said I sounded normal, no difference between having the adapter and not having it. So there's definitely no quality degradation in calls or music. I also had zero issues charging the phone. I used both official Apple lightning EarPods and Lightning cable, as well as an Anker Lighting cable for charging. Also, it doesn't matter which port the charge cable or the headset is plugged into. Inside the packaging, however, it does state to not plug two headsets or two charge cables in simultaneously. This should be a given, but I suppose they put that on there for their protection. I have heard that some people cannot use the speaker while this is plugged in and on a call. I tested this and I had no issues. I was able to transfer from headset to speaker and back again, perfectly. As far as aesthetics go, I would say that this is extremely close to Apple build quality, looks and construction. The cable between the adapter and the lightning plug is thick and very high quality. The Belkin logo is branded on both sides of the lightning plug that goes into your phone Because of the thickness of the cable, it is very stiff and doesn't bend freely. This could be a pro or a con, depending on your personal preference. I, however, felt it was a little TOO stiff. But to each their own. :-) Why am I giving this only 4 stars then, instead of 5? Well, 3 things, really, First, this acts as charge and audio ONLY - so you cannot do data transfers via the Lightning cable through the adapter. Second, this, again, is a very limited use/specific scenario product. If you use bluetooth earbuds/headphones (or the new AirPods), then unless you plan on using wired at all, this is all but useless. Third, the price. At $40 a pop, this is way overpriced. $20 - $25 would be more of a "sweet spot". At the current price, however, I cannot recommend this unless you ABSOLUTELY need to be able to charge and use lightning headphones at the same time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works Well, But There's One Thing Missing

      Posted
      ryanmcv
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      Let's be honest -- Apple's removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 was premature, at best. I don't mind using the adapter that Apple includes with the iPhone, but I really miss being able to charge my phone while listening to music. Belkin's Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar solves this problem, but it's not the cleanest solution. PROS - It works as expected. Plug it into the lightning port, plug in your headphones and charging cable to the RockStar, and you're in business. - Compact size. It's only about 4 inches tall, so it will easily fit into a headphone case. CONS - My biggest issue: the RockStar does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you'll have to use yet another adapter to connect your traditional wired headphones. The attached picture shows just how silly this looks. Unless you exclusively use lightning headphones, you'll now have to carry around 2 adapters just to be able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. - The cable on the RockStar adapter is not very flexible: it points straight down and doesn't really move in the direction of your attached headphones or charging cable. OVERALL The RockStar works, but it falls short of a perfect solution. I wish Belkin would have introduced a RockStar adapter with a 3.5mm jack and a lightning port for charging. For sitting at a desk or using in a car, the RockStar serves its purpose well. If you're going to be moving around or on-the-go with this adapter, it might be a bit of a challenge. It might be time for many people to look at wireless Bluetooth headphones. Regardless, this is a fine Belkin product. Recommended if you're not quite ready to jump on the wireless headphone bandwagon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Works as designed

      Posted
      DavidJr
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      The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter does exactly as it is designed to do, provide two lightning ports so that you can charge your phone and use lightning headphones at the same time. However, this thing is 4.5 inches long and seems a bit bigger than it needs to be for a simple function. It works perfectly with lightning headphones and a charger if you don’t plan on moving much while it charges as it essentially makes your phone about 4 inches longer with its stiff cable. However, there is much risk of a cable like this easily wearing down, just like regular charge cables, so I understand why. Though not advertised much, this will work with any device that is on iOS 10 with a lightning port. Though there is not much purpose, since older devices have a 3.5mm port for headphones, if you desire to use your lightning headphones and charge at the same time on your iPhone 6S Plus, you can, so long as you are on iOS 10 or higher. In testing with the 3.5mm adapter and various styles of headphones, I discovered a slight problem with headphones that have volume/play controls on them that are not Apple branded. With these specific 3.5mm headphones the audio would intermittently cut in and out. After bumping the volume button a few times the volume control would then work properly and the sound would correct itself. It would seem that using the 3.5mm adapter in this Belkin adapter into the lightning port does not smoothly identify the switched pins of ground and control as there are varying standards. However, after using the control buttons it made the distinction. Overall, for the price I don’t feel like it is worth the function it provides. It would probably be better just to spend the money for a set of Bluetooth headphones and use the lightning port for charging. However, not all Bluetooth headphones are good for watching videos and there are times you would prefer to use wired headphones while keeping a charge and this is the only certified product to do so.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must have dongle for iPhone 7 users

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      Selva
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      When I upgraded to iPhone 7 plus from Android world, I was not able to listen music using wired while charging. I am not sure why apple removed the headphone jack in iPhone 7th generation. However, Belkin - Lightning Audio with Charge Adapter addressed this issue easily. Belkin always make very good products to work flawlessly with your apple devices and this device is no exception to the list. Belkin - Lightning Audio with Charge Adapter will allow you to charge your iPhone and listen music with your earbuds simultaneously. The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar essentially serves as a splitter for your Lightning port. Plugging in place of your cable, it will give you 2 lightning ports. This allows both music/headphone use and charging at the same time. The build quality is really good. I have tested this device with listening music via apple ear pods while charging. This is a must have device for iPhone 7 or 7 plus users. Please make sure that your device is running iOS 10 or above. It is ideal for people who listen music, watch online videos with your headphones without draining your battery. The dongle is very simple to use and very durable. It supports up to 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output. The Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar supports the full ecosystem of Lightning Audio headphones. Compatible with Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter and it is Apple MFi certified accessory.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Plug and play at its best.

      Posted
      Trobadour
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      The setup for this device was plug and play, meaning that no additional software was required for it to work. My wife and I both have cars with bluetooth, which alleviates having to connect an auxiliary cord to our new iPhones that no longer have that option. However, when we travel together, only one of us can use the bluetooth while she uses her headphones and that’s where this device came in handy. One of the features of this product is the ability to charge your cellphone while listening to music. While I enjoy listening to podcasts, my wife listens to music. Being in the same vehicle, she can’t be charging her cellphone and using her headphones at the same time. With this dongle, while I listen to my podcast with bluetooth to the car, she is charging her phone and listening to music. A second great feature that was a bit of a welcome surprise was that with the dongle, two people can connect their headphones at the same time to one phone. We attempted doing that for watching a TV show and it worked as advertised. The performance of the dongle was as expected. It worked right out of the box, didn’t require much of a setup, and everything was self-explanatory for people who are looking to get this kind of device. This Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar meets my expectations. Any product where a non-tech person can take out from the box and start using it without much research is a welcome addition to our family. I highly recommend this to people whose vehicles may not have bluetooth and are looking to charge their newest iPhone while using the auxiliary port of their car or for people who want to share their listening experience with someone else, as having two ports allows you to connect two headphones (with the headphone adapter that came with your iPhone). Each person would just need their own individual adapter.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A very useful adapter for iPhone users

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      nickcal
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      When Apple released the iPhone 7/7 Plus phones this fall, they eliminated the headphone jack to simplify the design. This design choice though forces people to start using the Lightning port for headphones. Because of this, you have to make the sometimes difficult choice of either charging your phone or listening to music. Thankfully, Belkin released this dual lightning port adapter. This device is specifically designed to allow you for the charge/music listening experience and will not allow for two headphones to listen to a single iPhone or allow for two separate charging cables to be connected. I like the design of this cable. It’s very similar to the adapters and cables that Apple provides. It’s slim and easy to store. I really like that the male end of the adapter is smaller. I currently have a larger case, protective case on my phone and while it doesn’t fit onto standard charging docks, this cable clicks gently into place quite easily. Testing the device out is really simple, too. I plugged the male end into my iPhone 7 and then a set of headphones (using the Apple Lightning adapter) into one of the ports and the a battery pack into the other port. My phone started charging and I was able to listen to music through my headphones. The nice thing was that there was no RF interference, which I used to get when I was using the headphone jack. If you have an iPhone 7, I would strongly recommend investing in this adapter. It can really alleviate a lot of frustration as you use your phone more and more.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solves an audio problem Apple created

      Posted
      Josh
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      I received this product in exchange for a review. This is a fairly simple product from Belkin that hopes to solve a problem seeming created by Apple with the newest generation of iPhones. Since Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, any corded headphones must be plugged in through the sole Lightning port. This in term means that you can’t simultaneously charge the device and listen to music through wired headphones. Apple’s intent was to push more people towards Bluetooth headphones, but that’s not an option for everyone, especially for people who have invested in expensive wired headphones or when the Bluetooth headphones die. So, Belkin pushed out this device to solve that problem. The device plugs into the Lightning port on one and and splits the input into two Lightning ports on the other end. It’s almost 6 inches long and styled like a typical adapter you would already find for Apple devices. It supports only charging and audio (not syncing over USB) and only one of each at a time. As expected with Lightning, both the adapter to the iPhone and both of the ports are reversible. Additionally, if you still have a traditional audio cable on your headphones, you can use the adapter cable that comes with the iPhone 7/7 Plus in with this adapter. I tested just about every configuration possible, and charging, audio and headphone controls all worked perfectly. The cable is flexible and the ports give a firm connection. Now, this thing is kind of bulky for what it is, and if you have the audio jack adapter daisy-chained into this, it looks a bit ridiculous. But, you’ll typically be tied to a power outlet at that point, so you won’t likely be carrying this combination around with you. While I suppose you could use a portable charger, it doesn’t add that much more bulk considering. I think the retail price is a bit high for what is essentially a port splitter, but given Apple’s tight grip on certification of the Lightning port and licensing fees for Made for iPhone devices, this is probably as cheap as Belkin could make the hardware. It does as advertised. If you need to charge and listen to audio at the same time, this is a good solution for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Useful

      Posted
      Marine778
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      This is one of those products that I feel will have a very specific market. The average iPhone 7 owner will not have a need for this product all the time, but I do see it working for many people. Many people use their iPhones while they are charging. With the use of earphones, and couple that with the iPhone 7, this becomes a challenge. Specifically, you cannot charge and listen to music with the provided earphones. Charging: So as I mentioned, this allows you to charge and listen to music at the same time. So basically it is for the iPhone 7 models because of the lack of an earphone port. So it gives you two lightning ports from one, but with a catch. You can only charge and use lightning port plug in earphones. You cannot use this as a way to use two pairs of earphones. Things I don't like: I don't like the fact that you cannot use two pairs of earphones. Additionally, if you keep your iPhone charged all the time them there is no real need for this. Finally, if you have bluetooth earphones or headphones, you don't really need these. I have a pair of Bose earphones and a pair of Beats headphones and they are both wireless. So there is not need to use this when I am using those. Things I like: If you like the earphones that plug into lightning ports, and you watch a ton of videos or listen to music all the time, this is a good thing for you. Lets face it. Earphones and headphones are expensive and wireless ones are even more expensive. Therefore many people use the provided ones that work very well. They actually fit better than most earphones on the market, at least for me. Given that scenario, and if you use your iPhone a ton, this is something you should keep with you. In summary, using this product is dependent upon the type of user you are. I would recommend it for the heavy user for sure, which is really not me. Still, I would recommend the product as it is well made and I definitely see where it will work for many others.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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