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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, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of phone accessories before — including the best portable chargers, one writer’s favorite charging stand, and a light-up phone charger— here, we’ve rounded up the best lightning cables, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated lightning cable

AmazonBasics Nylon Braided USB A to Lightning Compatible Cable

With nearly 9,000 five-star reviews, this cable gets top marks for durability. One reviewer even claims that it’s “even stronger and much more durable than the original Apple lightning cable.” Another explains, “This is the only lightning cable I’ve ever used that hasn’t worn down and continues to work. I’ve never gotten an incompatible accessory warning on my iPhone with this cable,” a common problem with third-party lightning cables. “We’ve all experienced the infuriating splitting with the standard charging cords (even with just basic gentle use),” says one reviewer, who notes this is the first one he’s used “for over a year and there are not even any signs of damage.” Many love the nylon cable, with one commenting that “the braided cable is probably the best invention ever” because it’s “stronger this way and it doesn’t knot up as easily,” she adds. Another concludes that it’s just “a durable cable that won’t fray and tear at the usual places.”

Best-rated (less expensive) lightning cable

PowerBear Lightning Cable 6 ft [MFI Certified]

Nearly one-fifth of reviewers describe this charger as “durable.” “The cable is protected by nylon braiding and comes with a Velcro strap to bundle the cable,” one reviewer explains. “The cable is stout, appears very durable, and charges quickly.” And as one user points out, “The first thing to fail on most cables is the end of the cord near where it plugs in bends and frays” but this cord has “a small springlike addition already attached.” A handful of reviewers also mention that this lightning cable is strong enough for their iPad as well as iPhone, but they also appreciate the warranty. It’s “24-month warranty, 30 day money back guarantee and the online customer support if needed,” explains one reviewer — even with the low price. One repeat customer’s only complaint is they wish “there was a longer length available.”

Best MFi-certified cable

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

Dozens of reviewers point out that this cable is MFi certified, and that’s a big selling point for many. “These cables are very sturdy, look just as nice as the Apple ones, and are Apple MFi certified which makes me feel better about them,” writes one. Another bought these because she “couldn’t justify buying an Apple-branded cord but didn’t want to get another cheap cord that’ll last about 6 months,” and overall, she loves these, noting, “The material is amazing and feels premium.” One even thinks they’re “so much better than the official cable,” commenting that “the Anker brand hasn’t failed me yet.” Many agree, saying the quality is on par with Apple cables, like one who explains, “Anker cables are just as good as the originals and they charge without any problems. If you’re looking to save some money, but still get a great product then Anker is the way to go.”

Best braided lightning cable

AmazonBasics Double Braided Nylon Lightning to USB Cable

“So far, these things are just what I’ve been wanting: a cord that feels solid, looks good and won’t need replacing in 3 months,” writes one reviewer. Nearly 1,000 reviewers describe this lightning cable as durable, and hundreds chalk that up to the braided cord. One even says, “It’s bulletproof.” Another notes, “Great connections, very sturdy and the braided cord lends to a product that will hold up to time unlike other charging cords.” Even compared to other AmazonBasics cords, one user says this particular model is the one to get. “This second iteration using braided nylon is such a better design,” they write. “My cord has lasted twice as long already. I have a good feeling this will last longer than my phone.” It’s lasted one user for years: “The only reason I got a new one is because I left my old one out in the rain.”

Best (less expensive) braided lightning cable

Syncwire Rose-Gold iPhone Lightning Charger Cable

Many reviewers expressed concern over buying a Syncwire iPhone charger instead of a cord from Apple, but one, who originally “was afraid to go away from the actual Apple product” is so far “very pleased with this cable.” Another reviewer calls it, “hands down the best charging cable that I have found yet.” And yet another reviewer who tried “countless other cables that always fell apart after a few months” is also thrilled with this lightning cable because it’s “Durable. Durable. Durable. The braided nylon holds up remarkably well, even at high stress points like the ends.” This rose-gold iPhone charger is a perennial best seller among readers of the Strategist, as well — and since it’s rose gold, it stands out amid all the white.

Best one-foot-long lightning cable

Anker Powerline 1ft Lightning Cable

Many purchased this one-foot lightning cable to complement their portable charger. “At one foot, I am able to have the charger in my left front pocket and my phone in the back pocket so I can continuously charge as I walk around conventions,” explains one user. Many admit they were impressed with the quality, like one reviewer who says that this cable is “definitely stronger than the original cord that came with my iPad.” “Apple should take notes,” quips another user, because “Anker makes awesome products, has great presentation, and outlast Apple’s more expensive cables hands down.” One unsarcastically says that this cable is “the closest thing to love you can feel for a device cable,” and raves about how it’s “thoughtfully made for easy connection with end pieces that are flexible and yet rugged enough not to get damaged when bending, twisting, and stuffing into a laptop case.”

Best six-foot lightning cable

Anker PowerLine 6ft Lightning Cable

The length of these Anker lightning cables, coming it at six feet, appealed to many looking for an option longer than the standard Apple-issued cable. As one explains, “It’s perfect for using in bed,” while another loves that the cable can “run from the rear compartment in our van to the back seat for passengers to charge their devices on.” But the length isn’t the only perk. Many think they last longer than other cables on the market. “These are the only iPhone cords you should buy. This Anker iPhone cord has lasted several months and is still going strong,” says one. Another who calls this cable “totally ultra durable” compliments Anker on the cord’s “unbeatable charging speed” and “flexibility.” One reviewer also calls these cables “durable,” adding, “This cable is very sturdy and charges my phone quickly whether plugged into my desktop or the wall.”

Best ten-foot lightning cable

AmazonBasics Lightning to USB A Cable

Thanks to this ten-foot lightning cable, one user is “no longer a chump sitting next to an outlet,” and many others love the extra length. “Ten-foot seems long until you are in a hotel room that has the plug in across the room from the bed,” one writes, while another says it “saves me from a lot of awkward arm positions while my phone is charging.” Reviewers are also impressed by how well this lightning cord charges their phone. One thought there was something wrong with their iPad Air, but after landing on this cord (after trying a few others) found this one to be the solution: “This cord worked great. Hundred percent in a couple of hours.”

Best lightning cable for cars

AmazonBasics Coiled Cable Lightning Car Charger, 1.5 Foot, Black

The bar is low when it comes to car chargers, specifically for one user who simply says this one “charges VERY quickly and it charges the phone every time.” They add, “Seems pretty simple but I’ve purchased a lot of iPhone chargers that don’t work properly, glad to finally have one that does.” Dozens also appreciate this charger’s coiled cord, which “helps to keep the cord from tangling up,” one writes. Another says it “stretches when you need it to and curls up otherwise.” It even holds up to extensive use, according to one reviewer, who says that it “still retracts after a month of use.” And while the cord is only a foot and a half long, many reviewers agree it’s the perfect length for driving: “The cord does have enough give to reach my dashboard without having a super [long] cord getting in the way of controls or navigation.”

Best original lightning cable

Apple Lightning to USB Cable

Many users point out that this in fact a real Apple charger, and not a knock-off, which many appreciate, because “the truth is legitimate Apple lightning cords last far longer and are far more reliable than any other cord I’ve purchased,” according to one reviewer. And while this user admits it’s the more expensive way to go, “I just can’t dispute the quality and dependability of their products.” Another points out, “It’s the same quality as the one that came originally with my phone and that one lasted three years.” And many others point out that even the original Apple chargers have an expiration date, but one says that while it “could fray again, but at least it’s guaranteed compatibility and standard length.”

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The Best Lightning Cables on Amazon, According to Reviewers