Best iPhone Charging Cable?

intz2nu

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Who makes the best USB to Lightning charging cable? I was gonna grab a regular one from Apple.com but the reviews are bad, what other aftermarket ones are out there that would also work nicely? Also if I had a choice I really want a flat noodle / ribbon cable. This cable also won't be used with an Apple power block as it will be plugged into my Windows PC.
 

Closingracer

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I use native union. Their nylon ones have a lifetime warranty. On sale they aren’t badly priced either. Otherwise Anker makes great Apple cables but their micro ones are meh
 

eyoungren

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I was gonna grab a regular one from Apple.com but the reviews are bad,
So you're saying that the stock cable that Apple supplies in the box of every iPhone and iPad they make has bad reviews?

Why would Apple continue to put it in the box then?

Yet, it's the rare instance you hear about bad stock Apple cables. If you hear anything, it's usually because someone abused their cable.

IDK. The cable that I got on September 21, 2012 for my iPhone 5 has done very well charging my 5, my 6+ and now my 6s+ for the last six years. Still no sign of wear on it.

Very interesting that…
 
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alphaod

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I have the Apple ones and I don't have any problems with the current ones they make. For a while they made these biodegradable ones that were rough to handle and would just fall apart; Like literally I think I could feel the cable leaving powder on my hands after handling them; I think they stopped making those. The current ones they sell are smooth to touch like the ones they made a couple years ago.
 

intz2nu

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These were the two I was looking at, correct me if I'm wrong but these are indeed Apple OEM cables, right?

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MQUE2AM/A/lightning-to-usb-cable-1-m?fnode=97&fs=f=apple-cable&fh=458e%2B45c4%2B3214

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD819AM/A/lightning-to-usb-cable-2-m?fnode=97&fs=f=apple-cable&fh=458e%2B45c4%2B3214

I'm looking to purchase a cable so I can leave the one that came with the phone in the box intact and as is for later down the road in case I plan to sell the phone, that way both the earbuds and cable is all new and untouched.
 

alphaod

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These were the two I was looking at, correct me if I'm wrong but these are indeed Apple OEM cables, right?

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MQUE2AM/A/lightning-to-usb-cable-1-m?fnode=97&fs=f=apple-cable&fh=458e%2B45c4%2B3214

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD819AM/A/lightning-to-usb-cable-2-m?fnode=97&fs=f=apple-cable&fh=458e%2B45c4%2B3214

I'm looking to purchase a cable so I can leave the one that came with the phone in the box intact and as is for later down the road in case I plan to sell the phone, that way both the earbuds and cable is all new and untouched.
Yes those are Apple cables.
 

now i see it

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Paracable cables are excellent and longer than apple's and pass more current because they use thicker wires. Phone charges a bit faster
 

Vermifuge

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Apple has replaced every damaged lightning cable i have had for free™. Granted i always have apple care, but its nice to know they will replace it.

*free relative to the cost of my apple care