Let's accept it, the stock Apple lightning cables are not strong. If you have been an iPhone user for a long time, you must know that the stock cables are flimsy and tend to break and fray. Or worse, you might see the lightning connector bending if you apply too much force. And this situation is more prominent in the charging cables used in cars. In just a few months, you'll be able to see the effects of rough handling. Thankfully, there are quite a few strong and robust lightning cables in the market that can withstand these forces.
In this post, we have rounded up some of the robust lightning cables in the market that are suitable for cars. Not only are they strong, but they are also of the correct length.
The lightning cable from Maitron features a thick nylon sheathing on top which prevents the cable from breakage and frayings. The thickness ensures that it can handle its share of abuse. At 6ft, you can easily extend this cable anywhere in your car (unless you own a limo) so that the passengers in the back seat stay connected. More importantly, they cost less than $10 and come with an 18-month warranty.
And that's not the end of the story. These cables have equally strong end plugs. It can withstand its shares of bends without breaking.
This product has nearly 83% positive reviews on Amazon with users complimenting the Maitron cables for their strength, durability and the price. And well, the extra length surely doesn't hurt, right?
Aukey Nylon Braided Lightning Cable — the name says it all. Like its counterpart, it has a nylon jacket on top to add to its durability. Plus, it's MFi certified, meaning it will work on any devices that have a lightning cable port, be it an iPad or an iPhone. The strain relief part is a little extended in this one and is made of TPE material to prevent wear and tear.
And the good thing is that the sheathing prevents the cable from tangling and knotting. It is flexible and you can neatly coil it and store in the glove compartment of your car when not in use.
Though this cable works brilliantly, some users have reported that it takes some time for the device to recognize the product. Due to this, you may see a little delay in the charging time. If that's not a deal-breaker for you, you may consider this affordable cable.
With more than 2,000 ratings on Amazon, the Syncwire Lightning cables for iPhones are considered one of the durable yet affordable cables in the market. These cost less than $10, however, you'll be surprised by the durability that this cable affords.
Syncwire claims that its nylon sheathed cables can withstand more than 12000 bends and around 10000 plug-ins. Now, that's really cool. And these claims seem to be validated by the users who are impressed by the quality and durability, especially at the high stress points like the ends.
It's a 3.3ft cable. So, it might not extend to the passengers at the back and will be ideal for the front seaters.
When it comes to the power output, it supports up to 2.4A, hence you do not need to worry about the charging speed. These cables are available in three colors - Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Grey.
Anker is a well-known name in the electronics world and when it comes to providing sturdy lightning cables, thankfully, they do not disappoint. The Anker Powerline III is an updated version and is a slim and sleek version of its predecessors. It has a reinforced interior and TPE insulation on the connectors. Plus, the strain relief has a textured surface which results in a better grip.
The Powerline III can withstand 25,000 bends and twist. On top of that, the lightning connector is made of rustproof material.
So far, users have praised the product for its resilience and thin form factor. The Powerline III is available in two lengths — 3.3ft and 6ft.
The Native Union Belt Cable balances functionality with great looks. The cable has a neat herringbone weave in dual colors which gives the cable a chic look. They are extra tough and can bear the brunt of bends, twists, and knots, thanks to the reinforced material at the top. What's more, even the strain relief joints are specially designed meant to absorb the brunt of bends.
Users seem to love the stylish looks it brings to the table, as well as its durability. And so far, it has managed to rake in 82% positive reviews. It also comes with a stylish leather strap that you can use to roll up the cable when not in use, thus increasing its lifespan.
Though it's priced a little more compared to its peers, you are likely to get good results of this premium pricing.
This cable is just 4ft in length and will do well for the front seaters. However, if you are looking for a bit of extra length, check out the Belt Cable XL from the same company.
Last but not least, we have the trusted Powerline+ II Lightning Cable from Anker. These cables are considered one of the best in the market primarily due to their strength, durability and solid build. It's a 6ft long cable and you can easily extend it to the backseat of your car.
The Powerline+ II is also highly rated by users on Amazon, with it receiving more than 2,000 reviews with 79% positive reviews. Another highly-praiseworthy thing is its great customer service. If somehow, you end up with a defective product, they are quick to replace it with a working one. As user Leighann Hines points out, " I sent an email with my order info and a picture to Anker and had a replacement within 2 days."
It's MFi certified so you do not have to worry about compatibility issues. Plus, it's available in many colors and you can pick one that sits well with the color of your phone.
Ditch the Stock Cable
With such robust and resilient cables, now your road trips (and your overall experience) will be much better. Just take care not to yank the cable by the wire and they will last you a long time.
So, which of these will you buy? Will you trust Anker, or will you settle for one of the lifestyle brands like Native Union?
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