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The Best Lightning Cables on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best portable power banks, a virtually indestructible iPhone charging cord, and the best phone cases, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed lightning cables on Amazon for keeping your devices 100 — 100 percent charged, that is. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best three-foot lightning cables

Syncwire Rose Gold iPhone Charger Lightning Cable

“I’ve ordered endless cables and they all work great for a week and then die. I decided to try this one since it had the lifetime warranty, and I’m so glad I did. It’s excellent and pretty much just like the Apple USB. It charges my phone in the car super fast and even faster via wall charger. I would highly recommend.”

Anker 3ft Premium Lightning to USB Cable, 2-Pack

“Right out of the package I could feel that the quality of the cables are so much better than the official cable and any discount clones found elsewhere. Made the switch to quality cables after my official Apple cable kicked the bucket (cat chewed through it) and I went through two other cheap cables. I needed a hardy, reliable cable I can take with me traveling, and so far, the Anker brand hasn’t failed me yet.”

Best six-foot lightning cables

AmazonBasics Nylon Braided USB A to Lightning Compatible Cable

“I think we can all agree that lighting cables are usually flimsy, cheap garbage that fail if you look at them wrong. Not this one! Amazon went the extra mile. Braided sheathing is sturdy, and the rubber strain relief on the connector heads is heavy-duty. Apple, why the heck don’t you make cables this way? And for this price? Oh, this cable even came with a Velcro cable wrap included. This product is perfect, as far as I’m concerned.”

Anker PowerLine 6ft Lightning Cable

“Anker products are always affordable and durable, and this six-foot cable is no exception. This cable is very sturdy and charges my phone quickly whether plugged into my desktop or the wall. The extra length on this cable is very convenient for times when I’m talking on the phone and still want to charge it. I highly recommend this cable as a replace for Apple’s lightning cable.”

Best ten-foot lightning cables

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable

“These folks make great products that last and they back them up with unequaled customer service. This lightning cable is no exception. I absolutely love the materials and the quality of construction. The cable sheath is a soft, woven material that looks and feels delicate, but is as strong as nails. I have inadvertently bent it, knotted it, yanked it out of the wall, spilled water all over it, stepped on it a hundred times and even ran it over with my vacuum cleaner. It still looks as good as the day it arrived.”

Anker PowerLine+ II Lightning Cable

“If you don’t think that buying a ten foot iPhone cable will change your life, please keep reading. I had previously bought a six-foot cable, in which I could lie across half my queen bed and comfortably use my phone while charging it. But now I can lie on the whole other side of the bed and do the same. Also, this comes in handy when an outlet is on the other side of the room for some reason, and you just really need to charge your phone but aren’t able to leave it across the room and part ways with it for a short amount of time. So, fellow millennials, just purchase this. You will not regret the ten-foot cable!”

Best retractable lightning cable

AmazonBasics Apple Certified Retractable Lightning to USB Cable

“Perfect travel-size charger! I love that the cord can’t get caught up with other cords in my bag — my headphones have one of those cord keepers you wrap the cord around, it always comes loose and gets tangled with my laptop charging cord. But this phone-charger cord never gives me issues. The shape is easy to identify when digging around the bottom of my bag (you’ll appreciate this in a crowded airport as you scavenge for the limited charging ports at your gate). Also, you can use as much or as little of the slack as you would like; you can pull it out to its full length or pull it out a bit if you don’t need that much slack.”

Best lightning cables with wall charger

Tranesca Dual USB Wall Charger and 6ft MFI Lighting Charging Cable

“I really like this wall charger. The two USB ports are really handy for me as someone who has a phone and an iPod Touch, so this allows me to charge both of my devices at the same time. The prongs of the charger also fold into it, which is handy for storing when not in use, and for traveling, so it doesn’t get caught on other things. Overall, I am very happy with this product and I definitely recommend this.”

Antaole Nylon Braided Lightning Cable 2-Pack With Foldable Dual Port Wall Charger

“I am always traveling for work, so I always try to keep a charger with me because there is nothing worse than having only 10 percent battery life on your phone and no way to charge it. This is my travel charger, and I couldn’t have picked a better option. I really like this charger block-and-cord combo because it charges my iPhone pretty quickly and allows me the option to sync data. I like that I can also charge my iPad at the same time and/or allow my friends to use it in conjunction with me when we are out and about.”

Best multi-length lightning-cable set

Anker PowerLine Lightning Cable 3-Pack (3ft, 6ft, 10ft)

“Anyone who is invested in the iOS ecosystem knows that you always need more cables. Only the most rabid fanboys would deny Apple cables suck. Call them replacements, spares, or just extra cables, you can always use another one. The long ones are perfect for hard-to-reach outlets, to use in larger rooms where you might be sitting far from the outlet, or just to use while in bed. The short one is just a tad shorter than the ones Apple sells, which for me is a bonus in some situations.”

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The Best Lightning Cables on Amazon, According to Reviewers