Updated October 20, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Lightning Cables

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in December of 2017. If you're one of the millions of people who choose Apple products for their phones and tablets, the one Lightning cable that came with your device may not last forever. Even if it does, it's a good idea to have a few backups on hand, so you can leave one at the office and one in the car, for example. We've selected durable MFi-certified options in a variety of lengths to suit any need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best lightning cable on Amazon.

10. Idison 4-Pack

9. Anker Powerline 4-Inch

8. AmazonBasics Advanced Collection

7. Nomad Kevlar USB-C

6. Choetech Multi

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5. Volutz Braided

4. Fuse Chicken Titan Loop Keychain

3. Apple USB-C

2. Anker Powerline II

1. Anker Powerline III

Special Honors

Mous Flexline There's nothing gimmicky about the Mous Flexline; it's simply a sleek but stylish cord built to go the distance. You can toss it in your purse or backpack without worry, then count on it in a business meeting without attracting unwanted attention. mous.co

Dark Energy Paracord You probably don't expect your Lightning cable to help out in a wilderness survival situation, but the Dark Energy Paracord is the exception. Thanks to the 20 feet of 550-pound paracord wrapped around each one, this is an option worthy of everyday carry. The weather-proof head caps are a nice touch, too. darkenergy.com

Gocase Customized If you are well and truly tired of people stealing your cables, you might try a Gocase Customized. Featuring your first and last name, it certainly won't be mistaken for anyone else's. It's on the short side for the cost, though. gocase.com

Editor's Notes

October 18, 2019:

When it comes to Lightning cables, the options available are absolutely dizzying, ranging from deluxe to somewhat sketchy. To protect your devices, we've added only those that are MFi certified, so you can use them without any worries. For most users, the best choices come from Anker, a well regarded company that provides cables for all kinds of devices and brands. We've upgraded our top choices to reflect the newest models, including the Anker Powerline III for those using USB-A and the Anker Powerline II for USB-C.

As a budget alternative, we've selected the upgraded AmazonBasics Advanced Collection; it isn't quite as robust as those from Anker, but it comes in many lengths and colors, a nice plus. We also elected to add a couple of ultra-portable choices for those who are always on the go. These include the Fuse Chicken Titan Loop Keychain, which should pair nicely with your portable phone charger. Unfortunately, though, the ends don't have any sort of cap or protection, so be cautious about shoving it into a full or dirty pocket.

Melissa Harr
Last updated on October 20, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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