Most latest devices made by Apple such as iPhones to iPad require a Lightning cable in order to charge or connect to another device such as a TV or Projector. But Apple’s cables which come with the devices are notoriously flimsy, and they cost 5 times more than many third-party lightning cables even those that Apple has certified will perform just as well as its own accessories. If you’re unhappy with the cable that came with your Apple device, or you just want a backup, we’ve tested dozens of Lightning cables to find the best options for a variety of needs.
We think a USB-C–to–Lightning cable (paired with a USB-C charger) is the best way for most people to charge their Apple devices. Although many people predominantly charge their phones and other small devices from USB-A ports, USB-C charging is faster—and it’s swiftly becoming more commonplace. But if you’re not yet ready to make the switch to USB-C, and you don’t mind dealing with slower charging speeds in the meantime, we also have several USB-A–to–Lightning cable recommendations.