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  • We’ve charged our iPhones with dozens of lightning cables over the years to find the best ones.

  • The durable Anker PowerLine lightning cable is a cut above the rest — plus, it’s super affordable.

Anyone who has ever owned an iPhone loves to hate Apple’s lightning cables. The charging cables that come with your iPhone or iPad don’t usually last too long, and you end up needing more than one lightning cable at home anyway. 

Luckily, the internet is full of great lightning charging cables to suit your every need. Whether you need an extra long cord, a super short one, or the most durable one in the world, there’s a lightning cable for you out there.

However, there are lots of cheap lightning cables that aren’t MFi certified by Apple, and many of them are dangerous or ineffective. You should always buy MFi-certified lightning cords for your own safety, so we’ve rounded up the very best Apple-approved lightning cables we’ve tested over the years. 

Here are the best lightning cables you can buy:

Updated on 11/21/2018 by Malarie Gokey: Updated prices, formatting, and links. Added related iPhone accessory guides.

Read on in the slides below to see which of the best lightning cables is for you.