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These are the best USB-C Lightning cables released so far

The floodgates have opened and countless USB-C to Lightning cables have spilled out on the market. We've collected and tested a bunch of cables and combined our favorites into this running list, updated on July 16 with a new release from Nomad.

USB-C to Lightning cables

USB-C to Lightning cables in the Peak Design Tech Pouch


USB-C to Lightning cables used to be exclusive to Apple but now Apple has finally allowed other manufacturers to officially put their own spin on them.

As for why you'd want to use one, USB-C to Lightning cables can be faster at charging than standard cables, capable of Fast Charging compatible iPhones or iPads. They can connect natively to all of Apple's latest Macs without an adapter, as every currently shipping Mac has at least one USB-C port.

We get pitched a lot of knock-off junk on an hourly basis —these cables are not that. All of these cables we've tested ourselves and verified Apple certification before recommending them. All of the cables have similar specs including support for 18W of power.

We will continue to update this list as further cables are announced and released.

Nomad —Added 7/16/19


Rating: 5 out of 5

Nomad Kevlar Lightning cable

Nomad Kevlar Lightning cable


Nomad has arguably the most impressive lineup of USB-C to Lightning cables around. They are the only manufacturer to partner with Dupont to integrate Kevlar into their cables. The durable fiber is both integrated into the exterior wrap as well as into the core. This is in part what gives their cables such a long lifespan.

In other changes since Nomad's last cables are new metal allow over-molds that have become commonplace in the industry for premium cables.

Nomad Kevlar Lightning cable

Nomad Kevlar Lightning cable


Nomad has launched a crazy number of cables — 11 to be exact — in different sizes and styles along with their brand new Lightning cables. There is a standard USB-C to Lightning cable (in 1.5M and 3M sizes), an upgraded 100W USB-C cable (1.5M and 3M sizes), USB-A to Lightning with the new Kevlar integration (1.5M and 3M available), a new universal USB-C cable that now supports 100W with a Micro USB adapter on one end and a USB-A adapter on the other (.3M, 1.5M, and 3M sizes), and lastly a new universal USB-A cable with micro USB, USB-C, and Lightning adapters on the end in both .3M and 1.5M sizes.

You can find all of the new cables over on Nomad's website.

RAVPower —Added 6/20/19


Rating: 4 out of 5

RAVPower has put out an impressive line of charging accesories and now they've added USB-C Lightning to the lineup. This is another very simple cable that goes for the low price of entry but still maintaining solid quality.

RAVPower USB-C to Lightning cable

RAVPower USB-C to Lightning cable


One end of the cable has an "R" emblazoned on it while the other bares the full RAVPower logo. Each end also has an angled texture that makes it much easier to grip than some of the others on the list.

If we wanted to change one thing with the cable we'd prefer a bit more coverage for the cable itself but this is supposed to be a lower cost option below all the nylon-wrapped ones we've already covered. Even without any additional covering, this cable is rated to withstand over 30,000 bends.

The RAVPower USB-C to Lightning cable comes in 3-foot and 6-foot sizes and in either black or white. They start on Amazon at $14.99 for the 3-foot, but are worth the extra $2 for the longer variant.

Kanex DuraBraid —Added 6/13/19


Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Apple-accessory maker Kanex is throwing its hat into the ring with an entirely new lineup of USB-C accessories. They have the standard USB-A to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C cables but also launched a DuraBraid USB-C to Lightning variant. DuraBraid is its name for its premium nylon-wrapped cables which is stronger, more durable, and prevents the tangles often found with rubberized cables.

Kanex gold USB-C to Lightning DuraBraid cable

Kanex gold USB-C to Lightning DuraBraid cable


These cables feel very solid and we appreciate the metal over molds on each end. There is a small plastic collar between the over mold and the cable which looks a little bit on the cheap side, however. This collar is a necessary strain relief but we wish it was integrated slightly better —though this certainly qualifies as nitpicking.

We picked up the gold color of the USB-C to Lightning DuraBraid cables since Kanex is so far the only one offering that color scheme in these new connector types. Black, silver, and dark grey are also available. They come in a four-foot length which is just long enough to be useful but not too long to be frustrating.

Kanex GoPower USB-C chargers

Kanex GoPower USB-C chargers


Kanex is pairing the new USB-C line with two new GoPower USB-C wall chargers. First is a simple 18W compact power brick and the second is a dual-output charger that has a 39W USB-C port alongside a 12W USB-A port.

The new DuraBraid USB-C to Lightning cable can be picked up on Amazon for $24.95.

Anker PowerLine II


Rating: 4 out of 5

Anker USB-C Lightning Powerline II cable

Anker USB-C Lightning Powerline II cable


Anker was the first to start shipping an official USB-C to Lightning cable certified through Apple. The cable is fairly no-frills as you can see in our review but it is more durable and affordable than Apple's own.

Since we originally reviewed it Anker has gone ahead and added a black color to go alongside the white as well as released a longer version of the cable.

Anker USB-C Lightning Powerline II cable

Anker USB-C Lightning Powerline II cable


You can grab the cable directly from Anker starting at $15.99 or from Amazon.

Additionally, they've released the PowerLine+ II which offered durable metal over-molds and a nylon wrapped cable for additional protection for only a $6 premium over the standard model.

Scosche


Rating: 3 out of 5

The new Scosche StrikeLine USB-C to Lightning cables are very similar to others in this arena with simple exteriors, lower price points than Apple, and an encompassing warranty.

Scosche Strikeline USB-C Lightning cable

Scosche Strikeline USB-C Lightning cable


These are available in both white or black color options with nothing more than a simple logo emblazoned on the ends. The reinforced over-molds are all one piece for added protection and durability on the ends.

Unlike others that are usually three feet in length, Scosche goes the extra foot and offers a four-foot cable instead.

You can pick them up on Amazon for around $23.

Ugreen


Rating: 3 out of 5

Ugreen produces a lot of Apple-certified accessories so it was no surprise they were quick to the game with their USB-C Lightning cable.

Ugreen USB-C to Lightning cable

Ugreen USB-C to Lightning cable


They too are simple cables that aim to undercut Apple on price with great durability — 15,000 bends so says Ugreen. Each end is plastic with a soft rubber neck that helps make them grip-able as well as durable. They are also just slightly thicker than Apple's which is a good balance between too thick and too thin.

They are on Amazon for $13.99 but if you use code FF2PBYUD you can save an extra couple dollars as an AppleInsider reader.

MonCarbone


Rating: 3.5 out of 5

MonCarbone has three different cable variations when it comes to USB-C Lightning. They range from $16.99 to $29.99 depending on build quality and materials. The most basic cable is a simple, reinforced "heavy duty" cable. The next step up is nylon wrapped with aluminum over-molds. Lastly, the most high-end of the bunch has carbon fiber interwoven throughout the cable with a two-tone look and stainless steel ends.

MonCarbone cables (from back to front) heavy duty, aluminum, carbon fiber

MonCarbone cables (from back to front) heavy duty, aluminum, carbon fiber


All three are going to be durable but it is great to see the wide variety of options available.

Pick up the most affordable heavy duty cable, the medium aluminum cable, or the ultimate carbon fiber cable all on Amazon.

Apple


Rating: 4 out of 5

Of course, Apple has to be in the lineup of cables. Naturally, Apple released the original USB-C to Lightning cable. Apple sells them in two different lengths though they do carry higher price tags than nearly all others on this list.

Apple USB-C Lightning cable on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Apple USB-C Lightning cable on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack


They are very simple cables that mimic the aesthetic on Any of Apple's other first-party cables.

You can grab them from Amazon, the Apple Store, or other third-party retailers.