Belkin’s $40 Lightning Adapter Lets You Use Wired Headphones And Charge Your iPhone 7 At The Same Time

Many fans of the iDevices are annoyed with the killing of 3.5mm headphone jack from the newly launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, the Silicon giant has included a pair of Lightning-enabled EarPods and a headphone adapter in the box for the newly announced iPhones. But what if you want to both charge and listen to wired audio simultaneously?

Thanks to Belkin, this problem can be fixed for $39.99. This $39.99 “Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar” adapter, which has been created in collaboration with Apple, turns that single Lightning port into two ports. However, they’re both Lightning ports.

“We’re excited to offer the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar to our customers, extending our family of RockStar multi-port products and creating an easy way for people to charge and listen on the go,” says Steve Malony, VP, GM Belkin.

The adapter plugs into the iPhone 7’s Lightning port and then allows you to connect both to a charging cable and Lightning-connected headphones. In other words, if you’re using headphones with a traditional 3.5mm jack, you will first need to plug these into Apple’s official Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, and then plug this adapter into the Belkin adapter.

The Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar will go on sale October 10th. The adapter supports charging up to 12W of power and 48 kHz 24-bit audio output, as well as remote control and microphone for Lightning-compatible headphones. It’s compatible with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as any other Lightning-compatible devices running iOS 10. You can purchase the adapter from the Belkin website, the Apple online store, and Apple retail stores.