The 4 Best iPhone Lightning Cables to Buy in 2018

Make sure your iPhone never runs out of juice with these lightning cables

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable

AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable
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4.6

The AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable comes in three different sizes for your convenience: four inches, three feet and six feet. It’s an Apple MFi certified cable, so it has no problem with charging and syncing with your Apple devices. A lot of lightning cables will often produce an “unlicensed hardware” popup that shows up on your iDevice – this one won’t. The lightning cable is compatible with the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s Plus, 6s, 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini and numerous other iDevices going all the way back to 5th generation. Most Amazon users report no connectivity issues.

The lightning cable is designed with a compact lightning connector head that works with nearly all cases, so you won’t have trouble fitting it in. It has an additional layer of protection added to both the lightning and USB ends to improve durability and reduce fraying – the cables have been tested to bend 95 degrees, over 4,000 times. The cable’s long-tested durability, compatibility with numerous Apple devices, and affordable price make it the best lightning cable on the list. It comes with a one-year limited warranty in case you break it. Colors come in black and white.

Best for Durability: Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (6 feet)

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (6 feet)
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4.3

By far one of the strongest lightning cables on the market is the Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable. Its impressive six-foot long cord, 1.9-ounce weight, and durable design make it the strongest lightning cable on the list.

The Anker PowerLine+ lightning cable has reinforced stress points and has been tested with a 6,000+ bend lifespan which makes it one of the most durable lightning cables on the list. It’s made of a double-braided nylon exterior, toughened Kevlar fiber core and laser-welded connectors to assure superior toughness from end-to-end. It comes with an adjustable pouch, which allows you to neatly adjust the cable length for any situation, and protects the cord when transporting it.​

Due to its high-end outer casing, this is one of the more expensive lightning cables on the list. It is MFi certified, so you won’t have to worry about connectivity issues, as the device is compatible with most iDevices with a lightning cable port. Despite this, some Amazon users reported that it does occasionally cause their Apple product display incompatibility issues and that it takes time working with it to assure a sync and charge. Ideally, the Anker PowerLine+ lightning cable is for users who put their cables under high stress, like pulling, stretching and yanking without the worry of breaking it.

Other Amazon users have reported that this lightning cable does a great job with delivering a quick charge to your iPhone. One user reported that it delivers a 1.38 to 1.44mAh charge to their iPhone, which means that it goes a little bit faster than Apple’s standard lightning cable with a 1.3 to 1.4mAH output.

The lightning cord comes with an 18-month warranty along with customer service. Colors come in gray, red, white, and golden. 

Best Budget: 1byone

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the 1byone Lightning to USB cable is an MFI certified budget-friendly option that's compatible with every iPhone released since the iPhone 5 and the last few generations of iPad, including the iPad Air/2, iPad Mini and later, as well as the 7th generation iPod Nano. Designed with cases in mind, 1byone ensures that the overall fit works with nearly every iPhone or iPad case available, so you can utilize all 3.28-feet of cable in any of the available four colors. Capable of withstanding nearly 4,200 bends in its lifespan, the reversible design is both lightweight and easily coiled, so you can tuck it away for later use with ease. It comes with a 12-month warranty.

Best Warranty: Xcentz 6-Foot Lightning Cable

Xcentz certainly boasts a warranty that speaks to the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction. The lifetime warranty covers all possible accidents and defects, no questions asked. Amazon reviewers seem to have nothing but praise on this front, citing examples of friendly customer support and efficiency when it comes to receiving replacement products.

Ideally, Xcentz hopes you never have problems with their cables, which is evident in the quality of their materials. The cable is made with heavy-duty fibers and double braided nylon which is five times stronger than steel and also used to make bullet-proof vests. In measurable terms, the Xcentz cable can withstand over 30,000 bends, or hold up to 175 pounds. Additionally, the plastic connector features a long-lasting zinc-alloy, resisting corrosion and guaranteeing the fastest possible charging speeds. For some people, these promises might seem too good to be true, but with the support of Xcentz’s lifetime warranty, what do you really have to lose?

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 126 hours testing three of the most popular iPhone lightning cables on the market. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these lightning cables and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in an iPhone Lightning Cable

Price - The standard Apple Lightning to USB cable costs $19, though it can cost as much as $35 depending on the length and configuration. In our opinion, it’s silly to pay that much when there are cheaper and better designed cables out there. You can get a perfectly good replacement for around $8, or pony up a little extra for cool colors or other features.

Durability - If you have a hungry dog in the house, you might want to spring for a cable that has enhanced durability. Some cables have an additional layer of protection at both connector ends to prevent fraying, while others promise a 10,000+-bend lifespan.

Length - The cable that comes included with your Apple device measures 1 meter, but there are plenty of options out there if you want to opt for something longer. Coming in different lengths up to six feet, these cords make sure you’ll never have to worry about reaching the wall again. And while Apple has a 2-meter cable available on its site, it’ll cost you a pretty $29.

Test Results: AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable (Best Overall)

4.6

What We Like

  • Great value

  • Nice length

  • Charges faster than budget cords

What We Don't Like

  • Basic

  • Limited for bending protection

AmazonBasics cable
AmazonBasics cable connected
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The six-feet option was perfect for one of our reviewers who loved the extra length for hard-to-reach outlets. And he appreciated that the cable is MFI-certified, because, as he says, “Apple is often persnickety about what non-Apple products will work with its own products.” None of our testers reported connectivity issues. One person also mentioned that this cable charged his device as fast as any Apple-branded cable and faster than “other off-brand cheaper cables.”

Test Results: Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (Best for Durability)

4.3

What We Like

  • Durable material

  • Fast charging

  • Long, adjustable length

What We Don't Like

  • On the pricier side

  • Sometimes length gets unwieldy

Anker PowerLine+
Anker PowerLine+ cable
Anker PowerLine+
Anker PowerLine+ connected
Anker PowerLine+

The tough outer casing on this cable makes it feel “very durable,” according to one of our reviewers. “If I had animals, they wouldn't be able to chew through it,” she said. Plus, the included pouch also helped our testers stop the long cord from getting too cumbersome. Overall, even though this option is a little pricier, it’s worth it if you see yourself using this cable often.

Test Results: 1byone (Best Budget)

4

What We Like

  • Long lasting

  • No compatibility issues

  • Clean design

What We Don't Like

  • On the shorter side

  • Average charge time

1byone cable connected
1byone cable
1byone

Unfortunately, one of our testers found this three-feet long cord to be a little too short for her needs, so we suggest buying this one if you want an extra for your car or your desk. Besides any length issues, the cable worked well. One person described it as an “essential item” that she used daily. “It does the job,” she said. That’s high praise for a lightning cable.