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AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning Cable Credit: Reviewed.com / TJ Donegan

The Best Lightning Cables of 2022

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AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning Cable Credit: Reviewed.com / TJ Donegan

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Best Overall

AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning Cable (6 ft.)

This long, nylon-braided cable from Amazon is built to last. It's a recent favorite among our testers. Read More

Pros

  • Double nylon-braided casing
  • Handy velcro strap
  • Comes in different lengths

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Best Cable for Fast-Charging

Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable (1m)

This official Apple cable makes it easy to charge or plug in your non-Apple devices using a Lightning-based wall adapter. Read More

Pros

  • Quickly charges non-Apple devices

Cons

  • Likely to degrade over time
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Anker 6-Foot Double-Braided Nylon Lightning Cable

These Lightning cables work fairly well, though their extra reach seems to come at the cost of durability. Read More

Pros

  • Long, convenient cord length
  • Apple-device compatibility
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Not very durable
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Anker Powerline II Lightning Cable

This upgraded Lightning cable is made to resist damage and offer extra durability Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Thick and sturdy

Cons

  • Not as good as Apple brand
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Durcord USB-A Lightning Cable

For a well-constructed Lightning cable that won’t break the bank, you can count on this one to get the job done. Read More

Pros

  • Multiple color options
  • Well constructed

Cons

  • May require the occasional adjustment

Lightning cables—if you've ever owned an iPhone, you've probably gone through a couple of these in your time. These charging cables are are a bit more durable than your standard fare. If you've owned more than one iPhone, you've probably gone through several. We determined that the AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning Cable (available at Amazon for $13.29) is the best choice for most people.

To settle on a winner, we looked at price, durability, and overall charging performance, but due to the fact that most people travel with their Lightning cables, we were particularly interested in durability. After all, no one enjoys having a frayed cable that won't hold a charge.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning Cable
Credit: Reviewed.com / TJ Donegan
Best Overall
AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning Cable (6 feet)

Our pick for the overall best Lightning cable you can buy right now is from Amazon's own brand: AmazonBasics. The Nylon Braided Lightning cable features everything we want in a Lightning Cable—it's long, built to last, and charges your phone without any hiccups.

The double nylon braided casing is much sturdier than the standard rubber or plastic material you're likely to find on most Lightning cables, making it much less likely to split open and fray over time. Around the midsection of the cable is a velcro strap, which helps keep the cable comfortably coiled when the time comes to stow it away.

The cable itself is available in a 3-foot variant, but we recommend paying a little extra and getting the 6-foot variant, unless a shorter length is what you seek.

Pros

  • Double nylon-braided casing

  • Handy velcro strap

  • Comes in different lengths

Cons

  • None that we could find

Best Cable for Fast-Charging
Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable (1 meter)

For folks who want to fast-charge their phone, Apple offers an official USB-C to Lightning cable that gets the job done, albeit with a few drawbacks.

First, let's talk about what works: If your iPhone or iPad supports fast-charging and you've got an accompanying wall adapter that supports it as well, the USB-C to Lightning cable will serve you well.

Being a first-party Apple cable, you'll also just as likely to encounter cable degradation (particularly at the cable's weak points) as you are with their standard USB-A to Lightning cables, which have a nasty habit of breaking down over time.

Pros

  • Quickly charges non-Apple devices

Cons

  • Likely to degrade over time

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Anker 6-Foot Double-Braided Nylon Lightning Cable

These Lightning cables work fairly well, though their extra reach seems to come at the cost of durability. They can be bought in lengths of up to six feet, meaning you can more easily choose where you want to charge your device. In addition, this Lightning cable is woven with double nylon to increase its lifespan, and it charges devices fairly fast. Anker backs this product with a lifetime warranty.

Pros

  • Long, convenient cord length

  • Apple-device compatibility

  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Not very durable

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Anker Powerline II Lightning Cable

This upgraded Lightning cable is made to resist damage and offer extra durability. From testing, Anker claims that this Lighting cable can sustain more than 12,000 bends and lasts much longer than other cables. However, many customers claim that they still prefer Apple’s Lightning cables after trying out this one. Most reviewers seem to be satisfied with Anker’s customer service and easy refund-or-replacement process, which make buying this Lightning cable worth it for many people.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Lifetime warranty

  • Thick and sturdy

Cons

  • Not as good as Apple brand

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Durcord USB-A Lightning Cable

For a well-constructed Lightning cable that won’t break the bank, you can count on this one to get the job done. It’s made to have a longer lifespan and has passed a gauntlet of bending tests to ensure it delivers on that promise. Plus, it comes in multiple color options. Some customers claim it has to stay in a certain position in order to charge properly, but say it charges your phone well once it’s working correctly.

Pros

  • Multiple color options

  • Well constructed

Cons

  • May require the occasional adjustment

Meet the testers

Michael Desjardin

Michael Desjardin

Senior Staff Writer

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Michael Desjardin graduated from Emerson College after having studied media production and screenwriting. He specializes in tech for Reviewed, but also loves film criticism, weird ambient music, cooking, and food in general.

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Lily Hartman is a staff writer at Reviewed. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the White Mountains, running at the beach, and strength training at the gym.

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