Belkin’s new Lightning adapter lets you charge iPhone 7/Plus while listening to wired headphones

“How do you charge iPhone 7 and listen to music at the same time?” Jordan Kahn writes for 9to5Mac. “If you’re using Lightning headphones, like the new EarPods that Apple bundles in the box with iPhone 7, Belkin’s new Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter is currently the only option.”

“Belkin’s new adapter will split your iPhone’s Lightning port into two, allowing you to continue listening with your Lightning headphones while charging your iPhone simultaneously,” Kahn writes. “In my tests, the Belkin adapter didn’t noticeably change the audio quality of Apple’s Lightning EarPods versus going directly into the iPhone.”

“You can alternatively use the adapter with a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, like the one that Apple includes in the box with iPhone 7,” Kahn writes. “That will allow you to charge your iPhone 7 using one of the Lightning inputs, and use your old 3.5mm headphones with the other adapter into the other input.”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: Belkin’s US$39.99 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar features:
• Dual functionality so you can listen to Lightning Audio and charge at the same time
• Compatible with Lightning Audio headphones* and Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter
• Supports pass-through charging up to 12W for iPhone and iPad
• Supports up to 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output
• Works with the Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case and battery packs for on the go charging
*Supports one Lightning Audio device and one charger only

How to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7/Plus – September 13, 2016


  1. $40 to do something as simple as listen and charge at the same time.

    Seems like Apple keeps removing connector options and increase the number of dongles we need.

    I still find a single USB C port on a laptop is crazy. Can’t charge and connect an external drive at the same time. But we have a dongle you can buy for this and another dongle you can buy for that. Gee, my laptop is so slim, but my lapse has five dongles in it.

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