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The best Lightning cables for your iPhone or iPad

Your Lightning cable is your iOS device lifeline, used to charge and transfer data to your Apple mobile device. To keep your tech running reliably, you need a high-quality, eight-pin cable that won’t crack or splinter. Light and flexible as they are, it’s always helpful to tote around a spare cable or two. You never know when you’ll need to charge your devices while you’re on the go. We found a number of good prospects for Lightning cables, each of which can withstand pulls, tugs, scratches, and pet bites, and stand up to wear and tear.

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Anker Powerline+ III Lightning-to-USB-A Cable

Anker Powerline + 3
  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: Lifetime

The ultra-slim PowerLine+ III touts a 35,000-bend lifespan for its super-strong reinforced cable, which can support 175 pounds without breaking. It may be durable, but it’s also handsome with curved, stainless-steel edges that precisely match mobile device designs. The surface protects against scratches and scrapes, preserving the cable’s high-end look. MFi certified for compatibility with Lightning devices, and compatible with USB-A, you can be confident that this cable is safe to operate with your precious iPhone or iPad to transfer movies, music, or photos. An optimized internal structure means this latest PowerLine cable generation is slimmer and stronger than previous models, like the Powerline II below. A 6-foot version of this cable is also available for $26.

AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning-to-USB-A Cable

AmazonBasics
  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 6 feet
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

AmazonBasics has a pretty good reputation for reasonably priced must-have utilitarian products. This Apple MFi certified Lightning cable for Apple devices gets plenty of rave reviews from customers who use it to charge and sync iPhones from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone X — not to mention multiple generations of iPads. The cable is constructed with durable nylon fiber cloth for protection, strength, and flexibility, and has been tested to bend 95 degrees at least 4,000 times. High-quality copper wires ensure maximum signal quality and strength while additional protection of the Lightning and USB parts enhances durability to reduce fraying.

Syncwire Nylon-Braided iPhone Charger Lightning Cable

Syncwire Lightning cable
  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: 3 years

On the budget end of the spectrum is the Syncwire iPhone cable, a super durable nylon braided charger with an aramid fiber core that can stand up to 12,000 bends over its lifespan. The pet-proof mesh holds laser-welded aluminum connectors that protect it from bending, splitting, or breaking, and supports 2.4A charging current. The slender connector fits into nearly all cases except for the bulkier Lifeproof and Otterbox cases. The cable provides swift data transfer, syncing, and charging and is compatible with several generations of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. It’s MFi approved, and has UL-FCC-CE certification, with strict quality control that ensures the safety of your devices.

Unbreakcable Lightning Cable

  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: 36 months

This reasonably priced cable comes in white or black and at a length of 3.3 feet or 8 inches, depending on what you need. Unbreakcable claims it can hold up to 275 pounds and will survive more than 30,000 twists or bends at a 90-degree angle. Let’s be honest, no Lightning cable is truly unbreakable. The weak spot tends to be the Lightning plug itself — if you apply enough force it’s going to bend. Unbreakcable has added a tough tinplate section underneath the TPE jacket to strengthen that problematic plug section and the cable is well made for the price. It’s fully Apple certified, and boasts a lifetime warranty.

Native Union Cable Collection

  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: Belt Cable 1.2 meters, Night Cable 3.0 meters, Key Cable 16.5 centimeters
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Native Union has perfected the art of turning cables into lifestyle products, and for its new Cosmos Collection, the company has also added in extra toughness using DuPont Kevlar fiber, ensuring the cables remain looking good. It has also reinforced the join between cable and Lightning connector, a common point where other cables may fail. The new print combines gray and white for a cool, modern look, with a great texture. Native Union’s Cosmos Collection color scheme will be available on its Belt Cable models, Key Cable, and Night Cable from May 15, but other colors and styles are available right now.

Belt Cable

Key Cable

Night Cable

Anker PowerLine II Cable

  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 6 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months

This Lightning cable comes at an affordable price. It’s fast when it comes to charging and data transfer, it’s certified by Apple, and it’s really durable. The cable is reinforced with Kevlar and Anker has strengthened the stress points at the ends to ensure it lasts. Anker boasts it can hold 175 pounds, and is built to withstand over 12,000 bends in its lifespan. It also comes with a handy Velcro tie, and you can pick it up in black, white, blue, red, or gray. The end of the Lightning connector is slightly wider than the basic Apple cable, though, so it might not fit every case. Otherwise, this is probably the best cable at this price point.

Nomad Ultra Rugged Cable

Nomad Lightning Cable
  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 9.8 feet (3 meters)
  • Warranty: 2 years

This cable combines a Kevlar core with an RF (radio frequency) shield and PVC jacket, all encased in heavyweight 1,000-denier nylon for durability. Nomad guarantees it will last for at least five years, even with heavy daily use. There’s a special silicone rubber tie that allows you to keep your cable tidy and organize any extra length. It’s a USB 2.0 cable and it will work with any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that has a Lightning port. You can also get it in a 4.9-foot (1.5-meter) length.

Nomad

Fuse Chicken Titan Plus Cable

  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 4.9 feet/1.5 meters
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime

The toughest just got tougher. The original Fuse Chicken Titan was billed as the toughest Lightning cable on the planet, so imagine how tough the Titan Plus must be. Like its predecessor, the Fuse Chicken Titan Plus is wrapped in two layers of flexible steel, so it can survive almost anything without damage. The manufacturers even took a chainsaw to it just to prove its strength. That said, it’s a lot heavier and stiffer than a regular cable, which means it can be rather difficult to coil up. The Lightning connector can also be a weak point and the neck is wider than a traditional Apple cable, so it won’t fit all cases. But if you want something that your pets can’t chew through, this is it.

Amazon

Zus Kevlar Cable

Zus Kevlar Cable
  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 4 feet
  • Warranty: Limited

We actually blew the Zus cable up during testing, but before that, it survived a tug-of-war with a dog and came out unscathed. This is a seriously tough Lightning cable with a thoughtful design. It’s reinforced with Kevlar and finished with nylon braiding — two facets that helped it survive an impressive 15,000 bends during lab testing. It’s also tangle-free and comes with a Velcro tie. One thing we really like about the cable is that the USB connector is angled at 90 degrees, so it can fit in tight spaces. It’s rugged, a good length, and the right price.

Nonda

Moshi Cable

Moshi Cable Thumb
  • MFi-certified: Yes
  • Length: 10 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months

The big attraction with this cable is the 10-foot length, which allows you to use and charge your iPhone at the same time, regardless of where the outlet might be. It also comes with a Velcro strap, so you can tidy it away when you don’t need the full length. The cable is encased in aluminum and the ends are reinforced for added durability. It syncs and charges at decent speeds, too, though it’s not ideal for cases outfitted with a tight cutout given the connector end is quite wide. Granted, it’s quite expensive — but if you want a high-quality cable that’s also extremely long, this might be the best choice.

Moshi B&H

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