The best USB-C cables for 2019

Got gadgets galore? Keep them charged up with the 10 best USB-C cables

The age of USB-C cables is upon us, and this brave new dawn of reversible connectors means we can wave goodbye to the frustration of plug-in failures because our cables were always the wrong way up. With USB-C, you can also benefit from the boosts in charging and data transfer speeds. Almost every Android smartphone, from Google’s Pixel 3 XL to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus, sports a USB-C port.

Devices generally ship with a cable, but they sometimes break or go missing, so it’s always handy to have a spare or two. You may also want a USB-C cable to attach to one of your older chargers or devices. These are the USB-C cables we personally recommend.

Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable
  • Quick charge: Limited to 2.4A
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

You can use this cable to connect a new device with a USB-C port to a charger or computer with a standard USB port. This is a durable cable that you can rely on, with a double-braided nylon exterior and an aramid fiber core. The connectors also have reinforced necks to reduce damage from bending, and this cable won’t tangle or get knotted. It syncs data at up to 5Gbps, and can hit the maximum charging speeds for most smartphones. It comes with a neat carry pouch that has a Velcro strap to help you keep any excess cable out of the way. There’s a 6-foot version as well.

Anker also offers an excellent USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable for $7, which supports fast charging and syncing speeds at up to 480Mbps. You can also get a USB-C to USB-C Powerline cable.

Google USB-C to USB-C Cable

Google USB-C to USB-C Cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 6 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months

Google offers a no-frills cable that’s a little more expensive than some of the others on the list at $20. It has reinforced, rubbery plugs with a tapered neck. It can deliver up to 60W at 3A, so fast charging won’t be a problem. Data sync speeds are USB 2.0, so you’ll get up to 480Mbps.

This specific offering is a USB-C to USB-C cable, but the same price will net you a USB-C to USB-A cable if that’s what you need. Charging speeds will vary depending on your device and charger, but it supports USB 3.1 for data transfers at up to 10Gbps.

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Ravpower C-to-C Cable

RavPower USB-C cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet and 6 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months

This cable is a great value and offers rapid charging or syncing between two USB-C devices. That means you can use it to plug your Pixel smartphone into your new MacBook, or connect it to the USB-C brick that ships with Google’s phone. It’s a strong cable finished in black or white plastic and bend-tested more than 12,000 times. It supports fast charging via USB Power Delivery (PD), too, offering up to 60W, so you should be able to get maximum charging speeds for a range of phones and other devices. Syncing data is also extremely fast with this cable.

Moshi Integra USB-C Cable

Moshi Integra USB-C Charge Cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 6.6 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months

You can rely on Moshi for stylish design, even when it comes to USB-C cables, but perhaps the main attraction of this Integra USB-C to USB-C cable is the LED that indicates whether whatever is connected is still charging or full. This cable also supports USB PD for charging at up to 100W, but data transfer speeds are USB 2.0 at 480Mbps. It is nylon braided with aluminum plugs, and there’s a handy Velcro strap for wrapping excess cable out of the way.

Choetech USB-C Cable 6-Pack

Choetech USB-C cables
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 1.6 feet, 3.3 feet, 6.6 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months

If you just want a bundle of cheap USB-C to USB-C charging cables, then Choetech has you covered. This pack includes a 1.6-foot cable, four 3.3 foot cables, and a 6.6-foot cable. They’re basic black plastic, and they deliver up to 3A with the right USB-C PD charger. You can expect data transfer speeds up to 480Mbps. The longer one may charge a bit more slowly, but it’s ideal if you want to plug in and play with your phone at the same time.

Satechi USB-C to USB-C Cable

Satechi USB-C to USB-C 100W Charging Cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 6.6 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months

This USB-C to USB-C cable will be happy fast-charging any phone, but it will also work just fine for an iPad Pro or even a MacBook, with the ability to deliver 100W. The braided nylon exterior is durable and tangle resistant and there’s a Velcro strap to enable you to wrap it neatly. Data transfer speeds are 480Mbps.

iOrange-E USB-A to USB-C Reversible Cable

iOrange USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 6.6 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months

This nylon-braided cable is strong and sure to stay tangle-free. It offers a Type-A to Type-C connection and both are reversible, so you always insert the right way. It should support fast charging for most phones — delivering up to 2.4A — and it can also handle data syncing at up to 480Mbps. There’s also an LED in the connector that flashes red while charging, or blue for fast charging, and then turns green when your device is fully charged. If you don’t like the gold finish, the cable is also available in black.

Cable Matters USB C to A Cable

Cable Matters USB 3.1 C to A Cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 3.3 feet
  • Warranty: Lifetime limited

This short, black cable is thick and sturdy. It offers fast charging and data syncing for connecting USB-C to USB-A. It also supports the latest USB 3.1 standard and transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. In conjunction with a fast charger, it should charge phones and other devices at the maximum speed. This is a quality cable that works well, especially given the price.

Belkin 3.1 USB-A to USB-C

Belkin USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: Lifetime limited

If you want 10Gbps transfer rates, then this is the cable you’re looking for. It has a USB-C connector on one end, and a USB-A 3.1 connector on the other. Most of the time, you will find USB-C to USB-A 2.0 or 3.0, so this cable is a special find. It’s compatible with any USB-C device, but well suited for laptops such as the MacBook and Google’s lauded Chromebook. It has a maximum charging output of 3A, too, so it will quickly charge your devices when you’re in need of a little juice.

Nekteck USB Type-C Cable

  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 3.3 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months

Compatible with all smartphones and tablets with a USB Type-C connector, the Nekteck Cable boasts fast-charging support with a maximum 3A output. The cord is 3.3 feet in length and the tough, double-braided nylon prevents knotting, making it tangle-proof. It also features reinforced aluminum shielding designed for extra durability. The Nekteck cable has been rated durable enough for 10,000 uses.

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