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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for iPhone 7 users who don't use Bluetooth

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    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

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    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.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works as designed

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Serves its purpose well

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    BillFromKC
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    Disclaimer - I received this product at no cost for a fair and unbiased review. The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar (I'll refer to it as Rockstar from here on out) is a product that shouldn't exist. Having said that, it's also a product that should have come out when Apple released the iPhone 5, iPad 4th gen, and iPad Mini. It does what it does very well. You plug a pair of Lightning-based headphones into one of the two ports on the Rockstar, your Lightning cable in the other port, and connect it to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running the current version of iOS (10.2 as of this writing). The iDevice will see the dongle as a pair of headphones that can also charge the device. I tested this with A9-based iPhones (6s, 6s Plus, and SE) and the A7-based iPad Air, all running 10.2 with a pair of Bose headphones that connect via Lightning. There was zero performance difference between having them connected with and without the dongle. My only disappointment with this cable is the fact that it's not really designed to be used on-the-go. You can leave it connected to your phone, but it feels like it'll be damaged if it's connected to your phone and in your pocket. Otherwise, I don't have any complaints about the cable. If I were to make a suggestion to Belkin for a redesign, I'd go with a "U"-shaped connector so this adapter rests on the back side of the phone, instead of hanging off of it, so people on the go can keep it handy. Please keep in mind that devices that aren't Lightning audio will not work with this dongle. That means no USB syncing, no camera connection kit functionality for SD cards, USB keyboards, and USB to MIDI adapters, and no digital AV or VGA adapter functionality. I didn't try a USB headset or USB audio adapter with the camera connection kit. This adapter is only for audio. All in all, it does what it needs to do. A little expensive for what it is, but it works very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Audio / Charger Splitter

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    Like pretty much everyone else I was a little miffed that Apple dumped the audio jack in favor of the Lightning-only option in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. I was a little irritated that I had to turn to a $50 accessory in order to be able to charge and use my headphones at the same time. The splitter works perfectly as advertised. An added bonus is, due to it's size, I don't have to worry about accidentally yanking out my earbuds from my ears - it doubles as a bit of a cable extender. Pros: * Works as advertised - can charge and listen at once * Construction is sturdy - device doesn't feel cheap * Extends reach of headphones by about 4" Cons: * $50 is a bit much to be able to charge and listen to audio * Doesn't work with cradle / dock configurations * Not a true, multi-signal splitter Bottom Line: If you're just dead set on listening to audio while charging, then the Belkin RockStar is a great accessory for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners. If you're open to the idea of using wireless, Bluetooth headsets, you might be able to spend the $50 and get a bargain headset. Also, I really feel like this could've been made into a true splitter - dual audio, video out, etc - but I'm sure there's some reason in the technology that makes that not as simple as splitting and analog signal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Truly a RockStar!

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    Yashiikor
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    I was a little harsh on another Belkin product review. In all fairness Belkin makes useful products that fill the gap. The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockster is one such item. This takes over where Apple left off. However, I wish it had a traditional headphone jack so I could use higher end headphones. Bluetooth headphones and lightning headphones sometimes do not cut it. There is no interference in sound. If you use battery intensive apps, this is a great solution to charge and go. Some other reviewers have mentioned that you cannot use the external speaker while using this item. That is not a HUGE deal breaker for me. Is the product good quality? Time will tell. Some specifications: The RockStar delivers power in to your iPhone/iPad, and Audio out. It only supports Lightning Audio. It does not support audio split, dual charge, data sync, or any other Lightning adapter other than Apple’s Lighting to 3.5mm Adapter Dual functionality to listen to Lightning audio and charge at the same time. Supports pass-through charging up to 12W for iPhone and iPad Supports remote control and microphone from Lightning audio headphones. Supports up to 48 KHz, 24-bit audio output Works with: MFI-certified Lightning Audio headphones, Apple’s Lighting to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter, MFI-certified USB to Lightning cables. Compatible with Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 7. In order to work properly, connect charging cable and lightning headphones to Rockstar prior to inserting Rockstar into the Apple Smart Battery Case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat good, somewhat bad!

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    MacUser
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    I'll spare you the diatribe on Apple omitting an audio jack from the iPhone 7. It's annoying, but it's what they did. Unfortunately, the result of this is that, out of the box, you can't charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music via wired headphones. Some of us have invested in nice non-wireless headphones and would like to actually use them while we charge our phones. This adapter from Belkin solves the problem. It allows you to charge your iPhone 7/7+ while using headphones, and it does that perfectly. All the controls work, 3rd party headsets work and it charges while listening. This adapter does this trick without any degradation in audio quality. The only thing would have loved more is for there to be an audio headphone jack on this adapter, like the iPhone 7, it doesn't have one either. Ok so now the main issues with this unit: 1) This adapter does not work with Apple's Smart Battery Case. You must remove the case before the adapter will function properly. 2) This adapter does not pass data through to your laptop. It's no longer possible to develop iPhone applications or sync your iPhone while listening to music on your iPhone at the same time. These two use cases were previously supported when the iPhone had a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It's also worth pointing out that this adapter does not function as a headphone splitter, even though it logically makes sense to support that functionality on something that appears to be a splitter. For $40 dollars, I expect this adapter to work with iTunes and Xcode. But we do not live in a perfect world, so you got to accept some flaws in things.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi MacUser,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It's true that the RockStar does not support syncing or any other USB data. However, you should be able to use the Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Please reach out to us at BelkinCares@belkin.com so we can help you get a new one. Include your contact details and the link to this review.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bulky and clunky

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    The product is both bulky and clunky, which makes its usefulness limited if maintaining mobility is your aim for your iPhone 7 series, which lack a headphone jack. You will still need headphones and a charging adapter. A short cable connects the Lightning plug to the phone or iPad where two Lightning cables can be inserted — one Lightning cable for charging and one for audio but you can’t plug in two charging cables or two audio cables at once, if you had any desire to do so. The best thing I can say is the device works and does its job well but adds too muck bulk to your iPhone 7s reducing the mobility of the device. If your in need of a wired headphone then the device fulfills this purpose. But if you are in need of charging and listening at the same time then you are tied to your nearest power outlet or a portable battery, which again adds more bulk in addition to the Belkin adapter and the other cables...you see where I am going. Being stationary is where the product shines but all that being said I think you might just be better off with a decent set of Bluetooth headphones. But if you prefer wired headphones then this does solve your jackless iPhone 7s. If the cable was shorter and less bulky then I think it could be well received. But overall the product feel well made and all the cables feel durable. If you do not mind the additional bulk and possible limited mobility but want the use of your wired headphones, then yes good deal overall. But not for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Redderr,

      Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We took note of this and we’ll let the Engineering team know. If we can be of assistance in the future, please feel free to shoot us an email at BelkinCares@belkin.com anytime.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly as named.

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    This is a great accessory for the iPhone 7 owner. It doesn't exactly what it's supposed to. It allows you to connect a lightning cable for charging, and use lightning cable headphones. There isn't any audio loss, and it immediately works the second you plug in (so there isn't any lag). The dongle isn't too big, or unsightly, and feels like it should have shipped with the iPhone. For those wondering, yes, it will work with the lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter that comes with iPhone 7/7 Plus; with no noticeable loss in quality. The only con is that it won't allow syncing to a PC/Mac when using the adapter, but will charge from the USB port. It's not a big deal, but if you're worried about being able to sync/charge/listen, this won't accomplish the data transfer task. Bonus, this does work with older generation iOS devices with a lightning port. So you can use this to also plug in your lightning plug headphones into an older iOS device. I tested it with the Apple Pods that came with the phone along with my iPad Mini and an older gen iPod Touch with ease.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Belkin Cures one of Apple's Problems

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    Like many of you I own the iPhone 7 which had the headphone jack made "obsolete" by Apple. This product serves to bring back, at least the ABILITY to plug in both power and headphones at the same time. The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar essentially serves as a splitter for your Lightning port. Plugging in in place of your cable, and giving you TWO lightning ports. This allows both music/headphone use and charging at the same time. Seems simple enough right? This product gets part of the way to solving the headphone problem, but not quite. You either HAVE to use it with lightning headphones, or you must use it with a lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter STILL to be able to plug in old school headphones. I assume Apple must have somehow disallowed that feature from being included with this product, but it seems like a no brainer. My other issue with this adapter, and it may be inherent in the idea of "splitting" the lightning plug, is that is it PICKY when it comes to chargers and cables. Some of my aftermarket cables didn't work with this, as well as other AC-USB power adapters. It works fine plugged into a 2.1a apple charger, but my computer ports that run at 2.1a+ wouldn't charge it at all. Overall this thing does what it's purported to do, and my complaints about how it should work are somewhat esoteric in the face of what apple will allow Belkin to build. This adapter works and that's what's needed for iPhone 7 owners.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works for its intended purpose

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    Chadwick
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    The Audio + Charge Rockstar is a pretty good solution for a problem created by a certain fruit company when it removed the headphone jack--the inability to simultaneously charge your device and listen to music (unless, of course, you switch to Bluetooth headphones). With that said, this little dongle fills the gap and reinstates what was once a ubiquitous function of the device. It works flawlessly for the advertised purpose which is simply to permit simultaneous charging and audio listening through the Lightning port. Note that this adapter does not have the inability to pass-through data/sync, attach other adapters, etc. However, if you read the description, it is clear that none of these actions are supported by design. This is an audio-only dongle which lets you recharge your device. Period. If you want or need more, look elsewhere. But for what this product is intended to do, it just works. The length of the dongle is not too bad for "pocketability" although it does seem a bit larger than it could be if refined a little in future iterations. (Size is the only reason I knocked my rating down a star.) The male end does seem slightly more bulbous than on other cables/adapters I have so clearance might be a bit of an issue if your case doesn't have much clearance around the port. It works fine with my Otterbox Commuter. One last thing, make sure you are running iOS 10.x or you may run into some issues with recognition of the dongle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quality, but it serves only one purpose

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    The Lightning Audio+Charge Rockstar works fine and Belkin did a great job on build quality. It splits one lightning port into 2 lightning ports and it is necessary because Apple decided to remove the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack on my new iPhone 7 Plus. I used to listen to my music with my Beats Pro and also be able to charge my iPhone 6 at the same time, but Apple's innovative idea took it away from me. Now, I am able to do what I like with this little helper. However, it doesn't allow me to use it for anything else but listening and charging. I thought I can split the audio into 2, so I can use 2 headphones with my friend at the same time, but no it won't. I tried it and failed. So, it was a little disappointment. Also, it is kind of troublesome to carry this helper around. I know I will use it mainly at home, but sometimes I use a portable battery to charge my phone on the go and listen to my music. I think it is going be dangling around and it is going to get lost somewhere like a puzzle piece from a puzzle box. It serves its purpose and it solve a problem that Apple created. We can all simply go with Bluetooth headphones from now on and forget about the better sounds that wired headphones can provide. But for me, I will mainly use it at home and use it daily for its good purpose until wireless headphones can offer the same level of sounds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Two Birds with One Stone!

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    TechGuy
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    Pros: - Able to charge phone and listen to music at the same time - Easy to unbox and use - Charges phone at normal charging rate - Case compatible - Compatible with Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter - White color matches color of official Apple cables - Genuine Apple MiFi certification (Made for iPhone) Cons: - Size is a bit inconvenient, works fine when using it on a desk or table, or in a car or bed but can be awkward to use when confined to a smaller area like in your jacket or pants pocket, or in a small purse. - Cable on adapter is stiff and adapter brick is slightly larger than what would be ideal - Cannot transfer data while using adapter - Does not work as a splitter for two headphone adapters or two power adapters - Will still need to purchase a Apple Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter to use normal headphones and earbuds - $40 is on the pricier end, in my opinion, for a product that acts a Lightning charger and headphones splitter. I do not recommend if you are looking for a mobile/compact solution or for use with a 3.5mm headphone/earbuds as you will still need a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter. I recommend if you need a simple solution to charge your phone and listen to audio with headphones/earbuds that use the Lightning jack.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly every time!!

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    BiggVikk
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    When the latest iPhone was announced a few months back I was hesitate on upgrading. One of the reasons why I was hesitating to purchase the iPhone 7 was because of the inability to charge the phone and listen to music simultaneously. As soon as I was made aware that Apple removed the audio jack and it’s ability to plug in via audio wire I was concerned that I would lose that option and only have bluetooth audio; worst I would have to choose to either power my phone and listen to music via bluetooth or wire in audio and have my phone run down. However, this Belkin Lightning Audio and Charge device is just what the “doctor” ordered. It works as advertised. It is made of good sturdy material which will help in its’ longevity. I can’t stand to use those cheap flimsy devices that break easily after a few uses. It responds instantly when connected via power and does not affect the audio quality. I truly appreciate that I am able to use either side for lightning power and or/or lightening audio. It makes connecting that much easier as you do no need determine which cable needs to be inserted on which side. I love having the option to charge and listen to my music wirelessly at an affordable cost. Thanks Belkin for making another useful and fantastic device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Great Missing Adapter!!!

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    GadgetGuy1981
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    I was totally OK with Apple's removal of the 3.5mm audio jack as this makes for better water resistance and less points of failure on the product. Bluetooth/A2DP audio is pretty good now too but for professional applications (or those audiophiles out there that are professional listeners, you still need at least a wired Lightning option. This Adapter/splitter was smaller than it seemed in packaging and has excellent tensile strength while maintaining flexibility at the cord. The allowed plug scenarios are clear on the getting started sheet included and getting up and running took seconds. Only two minor gripes that don't affect the rating: - The splitter should be able to work to drive two headphones via lightning but instead only works for one headphone, one power cord in either jack. There is no competing solution today but it is worth noting that there are use cases for a splitter as well and that would further justify the cost and bag space. - There should be a version of this that offers old school analog 3.5mm and a lightning charge pass-through. That would be a useful Adapter as well until more Lightning-based high end headphones are available. Adapters on adapters just isn't cutting it. Otherwise it's fit for purpose and works well

    I would recommend this to a friend