The best Lightning cables for iPhone

Charge and sync with one of our favorite Lightning cables for iPhone

When you bought your iPhone or iPad, you probably got a standard Lightning cable in the box with it. But if you want to be able to charge your device at work or in different rooms without having to carry that cable around with you, you’ll want to invest in a spare cable or two. You may also prefer something a little longer, so you can use your iPhone comfortably while it’s plugged in, or something a little stronger that can survive tugs, bumps, or the unwelcome attention of a pet and child. Let’s take a look at the best Lightning cables around.

Syncwire Unbreakcable Lightning Cable

  • MFi-Certified: Yes
  • Length: 3.3 feet or 8 inches
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Price: $9

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. Syncwire 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. Synwire 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 comes with a handy cable tidy and it is Apple certified. You can also extend the 12-month warranty to 36 months if you register at the Syncwire website.

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Amazon

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
  • Price: All three cables for $76, or Belt Cable $25, Key Cable $30, Night Cable $40.

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.

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Native Union

Anker PowerLine Cable

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  • MFi-Certified: Yes
  • Length: 6 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months
  • Price: $13

This is a really great Lightning cable 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. 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, however, so it might not fit every case. Otherwise, this is probably the best cable at this price point.

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Amazon

Nomad Ultra Rugged Cable

Nomad Lightning Cable
  • MFi-Certified: Yes
  • Length: 9.8 feet (3 meters)
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: $35

This cable combines a Kevlar core with an RF (radio frequency) shield and PVC jacket, all encased in heavyweight 1000-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.

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Amazon

1byone Cable

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  • MFi-Certified: Yes
  • Length: 3.28 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Price: $7

This cable from 1byone is well worth considering, especially since it’s half the price of Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable and features nearly the same design. It’s fast at charging and syncing data, and it’s easy to carry around. It’s not going to be especially durable given it’s essentially a clone of Apple’s cable, but it will fit all the same cases, including Otterbox cases. Needless to say, the latter can be a real problem with other cables.

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Amazon

Fuse Chicken Titan Cable

Fuse Chicken Titan Cable
  • MFi-Certified: Yes
  • Length: 3.25 feet
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime
  • Price: $35

Billed as the toughest Lightning cable on the planet, the Fuse Chicken Titan is wrapped in two layers of flexible steel. This thing will survive pet attacks without fraying and 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.

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Amazon

Zus Kevlar Cable

Zus Kevlar Cable
  • MFi-Certified: Yes
  • Length: 4 feet
  • Warranty: Limited
  • Price: $20

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.

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Moshi Cable

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  • MFi-Certified: Yes
  • Length: 10 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Price: $25

The big attraction with this cable is the 10-foot length, which allows you 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.

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B&H

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