It’s probably caught your attention; smartphones have started to ditch the famous 3.5mm audio jack. Unfortunately, in its place, the latest iPhones have just one single Lightning port. It’s a change that puts iPhone fans into a tough position. The reason why mp3 players went the way of the dinosaur is because smartphones took their place; people like listening to their music on their phone. And when you’re trying to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time, having only one port can be a big problem.
The bad news is that due to how Thunderbolt infrastructure works, phones in the foreseeable future will continue to have only one lightning port. The good news is that the underlying Thunderbolt technology is powerful and ubiquitous enough to be run through a splitter in ways that can’t be done with similar technologies. Like a standard USB connection, the Thunderbolt port is good for carrying both electricity and data through one cable. Thunderbolt takes the same idea to the next level, which makes it an optimal format for running a splitter.
But adapters aren’t as simple as you might think. Anytime you’re taking one signal and converting it to another, there’s the possibility of signal degradation. When the data output has to match a very specific format, as Apple devices are known for, the adapter needs to accommodate a variety of different operating systems. That means you may find an adapter that works great for iPhone 7s, but doesn’t work at all for a more recent phone.
Our Urgod Splitter is compatible with any recent version of iOS, providing support from iPhone 7 through iPhone X. That wide range of compatibility is paired with the common sense features you’re looking for from a splitter. It allows you to listen to your phone while you charge it, and split your connection up into several devices. But unlike its wire-based competitors, Urgod has something unique up their sleeve.
Design & Build
This adapter has somewhat novel design. Physically speaking, it roughly resembles a USB thumb drive. When you plug it in, it sticks out from its host as if it were a flash drive that had been installed sideways. This 90-degree orientation makes it exceptionally easy to attach a number of different devices together from one hub, without the added bulk of cabling. And that lets you play games and movies without dealing with messy cable connections.
This splitter supports both 48KHz and 24-bit audio, which keeps Apple earphones sounding their best. Each end of the device is clearly labeled, one end for headphones, and one end for charging. It also has the data pass-through necessary for a 3.5mm AUX connection, so you can listen to music in your car. And the cordless design makes those kinds of connections extremely easy.
The Urgod lighting splitter adapter can offer support for Apple lighting headphones, including their remote and microphone features. While this adapter was clearly designed for Lightning EarPods, it’s also usable with any number of similar headsets. Although Urgod isn’t exactly a household name, they do offer a full 1-year replacement warranty. They also promise 30-day returns for any reason, and 24/7 technical support for life.
Ease of use is about what you’d expect from a plug-and-play device like this. Even though some devices with this form factor will prompt you to install drivers or otherwise put hurtles in your way, Urgod’s adapter is burdened with none of that. It’s no more difficult than using a wire-based adapter. In most cases, you won’t end up needing a cord-based adapter. Apart from the phone this adapter directly jacks into, everything you’re connecting with will have a cord of its own. Unless you end up needing the extra cord length that only those kinds of adapters can provide, you can expect to encounter no problems with connectivity.
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