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Plug that phone in while you navigate: Our 10 favorite iPhone car chargers

There’s no reason your traffic-laden commute to work can’t double as the perfect time to charge your Apple device. Although there are plenty of car chargers with Lightning connectors out there that are capable of getting the job done, only a select few deserve your attention and hard-earned money. Some may tout a lightweight design or additional USB ports, while others are compact and attempt to save space, but nearly all of them provide a quick and convenient solution for charging your smartphone via the 12-volt socket — aka the circular cigarette lighter — housed within your vehicle’s dashboard or main interface. Below are a few of our current favorites.

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Best iPhone car chargers

Shine Future Car Charger

Shinefuture Car charger
  • MFi Certified: No
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: None
  • Price: $11

Shine Future’s car charger may be a little bulkier than others on this list, but it makes up for it by having two USB ports, and a Micro USB cable attached to the main Lightning cable; both of which can be retracted with the touch of a button. Not only can you charge multiple devices at once when you’re on the road, but the aforementioned Micro USB can be stored within the Lightning cable, thereby keeping it from being exposed when it’s not needed.

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Amazon

PowerBear Car Charger

PowerBear's Charger
  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: 24 months
  • Price: $22

PowerBear’s offering is another charger that comes with a built-in Lightning cable and also has two extra USB ports for charging other devices simultaneously. The charger will adjust to the connected device to charge it as quickly as possible. Unlike the Shine Future charger, it is smaller, but depending on where your car’s 12V socket is, the USB ports and cable may be harder to access or, at the very least, the cable will be bent in an uncomfortable-looking direction. Should anything happen to the charger, it’s covered by a 2-year warranty, so you can reach out to PowerBear to get a replacement.

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Amazon

E. T. Pocket Car Charger

E. T. Pocket Car Charger Thumb
  • MFi Certified: No
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: Limited
  • Price: $13

The car charger from E. T. Pocket features a retractable Lightning cable that puts out 1.2 Amps. It also comes equipped with one additional USB port in case you need it, and that’s really all this particular charger has to offer. Its design is straightforward and easy to use, which may be exactly what you want from a car charger.

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Amazon

Anker PowerDrive Car Charger

Anker PowerDrive Car Charger Thumb
  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months
  • Price: $14

If you don’t care about extra USB ports or the ability to retract the cable, and just want a charger with one use, Anker’s car charger is the way to go. It just has the one, 3-foot Lightning cable built-in to it and, overall, it may be one of the smallest products on this list. Anker notes that its charger isn’t compatible with Lifeproof or Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, so if you prefer cases from those manufacturers, this charger may not be for you. On a more positive note, though, it is backed by an 18-month warranty.

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Amazon

Amazon Basics Car Charger

Amazon Basics Car Charger Thumb
  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Length: 5 feet
  • Warranty: Limited 12 months
  • Price: $10

If you want your car charger to have good reach (specifically for those times when you need to charge a device that’s in the back seat) the Amazon Basics charger should be enough, as it can extend to 5 feet in length. It doesn’t come with more USB ports or support non-Lightning devices, but for Lightning-specific needs, it’ll charge those devices regardless of how far away they may be from the 12V socket. It’s a simple, straightforward charger, and comes with a 1-year warranty, which is always a good thing to have.

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Amazon

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