The best iPhone charger cable: Lightning power cords for iPhones & iPads in 2023

Anker Powerline Plus II, one of the best iPhone charger cables, connected to an iPhone
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The best iPhone charger cables are a little more expensive than the cheap-as-chips ones you might find in a discount store, or in the murky depths of eBay. But they'll almost certainly be more reliable, last longer, and give you faster charging speeds. So given the amount of time we spend using our iPhones, it's well worth spending a small amount of extra money to get a big boost in quality.

The cables we list below are well made, will last for years, get your iPhone charged up in quickly, and give you enough length to maneuver.

We say iPhone cables rather than phone cables in general because up till now, Apple has doggedly refused to standardize its charging methods to fit the rest of the market. A recent EU ruling suggests that future iPhones will have to take a different approach. But for now, you aren't able to use the same leads that power Android phones on any existing iPhone.

Instead, the Lightning cables in this roundup all work with the multi-purpose charger socket found on the different iPhone generations (opens in new tab), from the iPhone 5 right up to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, as well as for iPad generations (opens in new tab) from the first iPad Mini and the 4th-Gen iPad onwards. 

So read on, as we bring you the best iPhone charger cables available today, and give you the information you need to choose between them. 

The best iPhone charger cable in 2023

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1. Anker Powerline Plus II USB-C to Lightning Cable

The best iPhone charger cable overall

Manufacturer: Anker | Length: 3 feet (91.2 cm) | Type: USB-C to Lightning | Colors: Black, red

Tough and durable 
Well made 
Good value 
Only two color choices

Normally with an iPhone-related kit, the official product from Apple is the go-to for high quality. When it comes to the best iPhone charger cables, though, Anker's Powerline Plus II USB-C to Lightning Cable is actually a better bet.

It supports the USB-C Power Delivery (PD) high-speed charging protocol and is MFi-certified by Apple, so your iPhone will be charged safely, at the fastest possible speeds. But what really makes this cable stand out is how much it will stand up to wear and tear over time. 

Made with tough and durable two-shade nylon, it’s been shown in lab tests to withstand 30,000 bends, which means it should last 30 times longer than a bog-standard charging cable. It's also three metres long, which is going to be enough for most people’s needs. If you need a longer cable than that, though, read on...

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2. Belkin Boost Charge USB-C cable

The best 4 foot iPhone charger cable

Manufacturer: Belkin | Length: 4 feet (1.2m) | Type: USB-C to Lightning | Colors: Black, white

Longer than average 
Solid construction 
Not double-braided 
Only two colors

Need a cable that's longer than the standard three feet? Then we recommend this 4-footer from Belkin. Like the Anker Powerline Plus II, it supports fast PD charging, is MFI-certified by Apple, and is in general a well-made, high-quality cable. 

On the whole, we prefer the braided style of the Anker (above) to the smooth style of this cable, as it’s less likely to get damaged over time. However, if you need that extra foot of length to reach from your plug to your desk, table, or car dashboard, that may well be more important to you.

Product shot of the AmazonBasics DoubleBraided Nylon USB-C to Lightning Cable, one of the best iPhone charger cables

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3. Amazon Basics USB-C to Lightning Cable Cord

The best 6 foot iPhone charger cable

Manufacturer: Amazon Basics | Length: 1, 3 or 6 feet (30.4cm, 91.2cm or 1.82m) | Type: USB-C to Lightning | Colors: Black, white, red, midnight green

Excellent value 
Double-braided 
Range of colors
Unlikely to last forever

AmazonBasics products may be cheap but it doesn't mean they're not good quality. And that's certainly the case for this USB-C to Lightning cable, which offers great value for a six-foot-long cable.

Its double-braided nylon fiber cloth provides protection, strength, and flexibility, and it’s been shown in lab tests to bend 95 degrees 6,000 times. It supports PD charging, is Apple MFi certified, and comes in four different colors. It's also available in one-foot or three-foot versions.

Admittedly, it may not last quite as many years as the first two cables on our list. Its Lightning end feels a little less robust, and it's contained within PVC rather than braided nylon. However, at this low price, does that really matter?

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4. Anker New Nylon USB-C to Lightning cable

The best 10 foot iPhone charger cable

Manufacturer: Anker | Length: 1, 3.3, 6 or 10 feet (30cm, 1m, 1.8m, 3m) | Type: USB-C to Lightning | Colors: Black, red, blue, silver

Very long 
Durable in tests
Stylish looks
Expensive

Need a REALLY long charging cable for your iPhone? Then we recommend the 10-foot-long version of this cable from Anker (also available in shorter sizes). It’s MFi certified, supports PD charging, and is made with two-shade braided nylon. It can withstand up to 12,000 bends and looks pretty stylish too. It’s pricier than most, but in terms of cost per length, it's still good value.

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5. Native Union Belt Cable XL

A great combination of strong and long

Manufacturer: Native Union | Length: 10 feet (3m) | Type: USB-C to Lightning | Colors: Cloud White, Cosmos, Indigo, Rose, Sage, Zebra

Strong and long 
Comes with leather belt 
Range of colors
Expensive

Here’s another USB-C to Lightning cable that’s both very strong and very long. The Native Union Belt Cable XL stretches across a cavernous 10 feet and benefits from an ultra-strong reinforced structure. This cable comes in six attractive colors, and you get an attractive leather belt to tie it up when you’re not using it. So while it’s pretty expensive, you are getting a high-quality, heavy-duty product for your money. 

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6. Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable

The best iPhone charger cable from Apple

Manufacturer: Apple | Length: 3.3 or 6.6 feet (1m or 2m) | Type: USB-C to Lightning | Colors: White

Official Apple product 
Compatibility assured
Fits the Apple aesthetic
Only one color

Some Apple users like to get all their kit from Apple directly, and there’s good logic to that. You’re certainly not going to have any compatibility issues, and if you do have any problems, there are those nice people at the Apple Store to ask in person. In this case, the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable will be the best iPhone charger cable for you. 

It’s pretty basic, comes with a smooth rather than braided style, and is only available in white. But other than that, it does the job well, comes in 1m and 2m lengths, and, unlike some Apple products, is not significantly more expensive than comparable third-party products.

Product shot of the Belkin Triple Pack of iPhone charging cables

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7. Belkin Triple Pack of 6 inch Charge and Sync Cables

The best iPhone charger cables for multiple iPhone generations

Manufacturer: Belkin | Length: 6 inches (15cm) | Type: USB-A-Lightning, USB-A-microUSB, USB-A-Apple 30-pin | Colors: Black

Charge range of older devices
Well-made
Good value
Some may prefer longer cables

If your family has a collection of iPhones covering different iPhone generations including both Lightning and pre-Lightning models, then here's a great pack of cables that will allow everyone to charge up. For a very affordable price, you get three, six-inch (15cm) long cables with Apple-approved connectors for devices that use micro USB, Lightning, and Apple 30 Pin sockets. They're solid and well-made. And while six inches might not be long enough for everyone, it does at least make it less likely you'll end up with a mess of tangled wires.

How do I charge an iPhone?

The best way to charge your iPhone is to use the lightning-to-USB cable and power adapter that came with your device. However, if this is lost, damaged or stolen, you will need to buy either a replacement or a a third-party lightning-to-USB cable. Plug one end into a power source, such as a wall outlet or computer, and the other end into the charging port at the bottom your iPhone.  The battery icon in the top right corner of the screen will show if it's charging or not. Alternatively, you could use a wireless charger.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq (opens in new tab), and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.