CHARGE YOUR APPLE GADGETS FASTER WITH A USB-C-TO-LIGHTNING CABLE

We’ve researched, tested, and rounded up the best original and third-party options available today.

BY STEFAN VAZHAROV | BEST

We live in a world of instant gratification, so why are you still waiting hours for your phone to charge?

USB-C-to-Lightning cables will vastly improve the charging speed of your Apple gadgets — sometimes even boosting your iPhone’s battery from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes (or less). You’ll need a compatible charger, though, and the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are the first to ship with an 18-watt USB-C power adapter. The latter is also available to order as an optional accessory.

If you plan to use your USB-C-to-Lightning cable with a third-party adapter, make sure that it supports the USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) industry standard. It’s available on all Apple-made smartphones from iPhone 8 onwards. The market is literally brimming with high-quality charging adapters — here are a couple we tested and liked with one and two USB-C inputs.

Also, because it lacks a decidedly passé, full USB connector, a USB-C-to-Lightning cable is even more effortless to use, because you’ll never have to be mindful as to how you connect it to the power adapter or your Mac. For comparison, there is only one correct way to insert a USB-A connector into a compatible computer port or a power adapter.

Here are the absolute best USB-C-to-Lightning cables that we tested and loved.

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OUR PICK

Anker Powerline+ II USB-C to Lightning Cable

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$23.99

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The Anker Powerline+ II is the best USB-C-to-Lightning measures 6 feet in length, and it’s considerably more versatile than the cable that comes bundled with your iPhone. With a nylon-fiber exterior, the accessory is also stylish and incredibly durable (Anker backs it with a lifetime warranty!). You can order it in black or red.  

Anker also offers a shorter variant of the Powerline+ II cable, which measures 3 feet in length. It’s ideal for use on a desk or with a battery pack. You can also opt for an even more reasonably priced Powerline II cable without a nylon exterior, which you can order in green to perfectly match one of the iPhone 11 Pro colors.

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RUNNER-UP

Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE USB-C to Lightning Cable

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$28.99

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The BOOST↑CHARGE USB-C-to-Lightning cable by Belkin is another excellent option for rapidly charging your Apple gadgets. The slightly shorter 4-foot-long accessory is made using an ultra tough material called DuraTek. According to Belkin, it makes the BOOST↑CHARGE cable up to 10 times more durable than its competitors.

The cable is covered by woven aramid fibers, which are cool-looking and tough in equal measure. We love the built-in leather strap, as well as the characterful, speckled finish of its connectors. Belkin backs its creation with a robust 5-year warranty.

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THE THRIFTY SHOPPER’S PICK

Aukey USB-C to Lightning Cable

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$13.99

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Priced just a tad above $10, this USB-C-to-Lightning cable by Aukey has a braided-nylon exterior, which prevents it from tangling. It also makes the accessory look like a pricier product. 

Measuring 6.6 feet, the accessory is twice as long as the cable that comes bundled with your iPhone. Aukey also offers shorter variants of the product that are 1 and 3.9 feet long. Every cable is backed by a 2-year warranty. 

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THE MOST DURABLE PICK

Nomad Kevlar USB-C to Lightning Cable

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$39.95

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Crafted using real DuPont Kevlar, this USB-C-to-Lightning cable by Nomad is a tad pricier than its competitors, but also tougher and therefore worth every penny. The cool-looking accessory’s metal connector housings are also impressive, offering a blend of good design and superb tactility.

The cable comes with a handy silicone tie for effortless length management and storage. It measures 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length. An even lengthier 3-meter variant is also available for those who need more versatility.

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THE MOST STYLISH PICK

Native Union Belt USB-C to Lightning Cable

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$24.99

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more elegant USB-C-to-Lightning cable than the Native Union Belt. The accessory’s impressively durable DuPont Kevlar exterior is available in several eye-catching finishes, dubbed Zebra (seen in this image), Rose, and Cosmos. 

Every Belt cable has a genuine leather strap (hence the product’s name) for managing its length, as well as for storing it. The product has an excellent lifetime warranty.

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Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable

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$18.99

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Apple’s own USB-C-to-Lightning cable is the best option for Apple users who prefer to use original accessories. The accessory is tailor-made for the tech giant’s speedy USB-C power adapters, including the 18-watt model that’s included in the box of every iPhone 11 Pro. You can choose between 1- and 2-meter variants of the cable. 

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Satechi USB-C to Lightning Cable

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$24.99

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This reasonably priced USB-C-to-Lightning cable by Satechi has aluminum connector housings and a braided-nylon exterior that’s durable, eye-catching, and tangle-free. The accessory is excellent, but its 1-year warranty is not on par with the lengthier ones offered by its competitors. 

STEFAN VAZHAROV Senior Technology Editor

Stefan is the senior technology editor for BestProducts.com, where he’s been covering the tech industry and testing the latest gadgets since 2015; He previously covered tech products for GSMArena.com and his work can also be found on Popular Mechanics.

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