What is the main downside about carrying cables of any kind with you? They get tangled. Despite your best efforts, nearly any cable you have will ultimately end up in a horribly knotted mess when you least expect it. How can you avoid disaster? Get yourself a cable in a retractable case. That’s exactly what the Scosche BoltBox provides. See how well it does in our review.
The Scosche BoltBox comes in your choice of five colors: Pink, blue, red, white, and black. The Boltbox itself is a case roughly 2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide, and 3/4 of an inch thick. Inside the box is a three foot long Lightning to USB cable.
The overall design of the BoltBox is quite solid. I tested the white and grey model, which looks good, while completely unassuming when the cables are retracted. The Lightning tip and USB plug sit flush with the case making this look like a simple plastic box from some angles. The Lightning tip itself is slim, allowing this cable to work with many different cases. On the Lightning tip side, there’s a small hole for a clip or string to attach to a bag or zipper. The top of the box is simply adorned with the Scosche logo while the bottom has a sticker advising to pull both sides of the cable at the same time. Good advice if you want to actually be able to use the BoltBox. The construction of the BoltBox is solid, and the two parts of the case don’t feel as though they will separate.
To use the BoltBox cable, you’ll need to pop the Lightning tip and USB plug out of their respective sides of the case and as mentioned above, pull on both cables to extend the three feet extension. If you pull on only one cable it will extend for a few inches but then immediately get pulled back in. The cable itself is rather slim, but feels solid. Since it stays wound up when not in use you’ll notice that the cable itself may retain some of its curvature when in use. Once plugged in though the cable will stay in place and you shouldn’t have to worry about it retracting or pulling your device off of your desk. The BoltBox should charge and sync any of your Lightning enabled Apple devices without any issue.
Starting at $24.95, the Scosche BoltBox is a bit more expensive than your standard Lightning cable. The BoltBox, however, is immune to tangling, and can be stowed in a pocket or bag quickly and easily. That kind of functionality is worth a few extra bucks in my book. If you need a good Lightning to USB cable for travel, or school, you should take a look at the Scosche BoltBox.