The fastest Lightning cable is also one of the least expensive

Most Lightning cables look the same, sometimes with varying colors, but what’s inside can vary widely.

The materials used in the Lightning cables can affect everything from long-term durability to charging speed.

Wirecutter recently measured the charging speed of nearly 50 Lightning cables and then sent the fastest 11 cables to an electrical engineer for teardown analysis and found that the three-foot long Anker Lightning to USB Cable, which starts at $5.99 in white (prices vary per color), is the one to buy.

Anker's Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Cables
Anker’s Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Cables
Anker Lightning to USB Cables are Apple MFi Certified, so they feature complete charge and sync compatibility with iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, iPad Air, Air 2, iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3, iPad (4th generation), iPod nano (7th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).

The cables sport a compact (0.34in × 0.22in / 8.6mm × 5.6mm), heat-resistant Lightning connector that fits into virtually all external case cutouts. Anker cables also come with a long 18-month warranty.

Wirecutter reports, “The Anker stands out among the competition thanks to solid build quality inside and out, a Lightning-connector plug that works with almost any case, and a price tag that’s less than half of what you’ll pay for one of Apple’s cables.”

MacDailyNews Take: Interestingly, the Apple MFi Certified Anker cables are the exact same make of Lightning to USB cables we use when we’re not using Apple’s.

We also use the shorter Anker 12-inch Lightning to USB cables in conjunction with Anker PowerPort 4 USB Wall Chargers featuring 4 ports with a with foldable plug ($26.99) when on the road. These are smart chargers that provide the fastest possible charge for iPads and iPhones no matter which of the four ports you use. Each wall outlet spouts 4 Lightning cables for your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and iPod touch devices. It’s perfect. Nothing goes uncharged!

Anker PowerPort 4 ($26.99) 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and iPod touch
Anker PowerPort 4 ($26.99) 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and iPod touch


  1. I got three of these cables for Christmas and they work just fine. They seem to be well made, so I expect them to last a long time. I also got an Anker wall plug. I never had enough chargers or cables before, but everything’s always charged now.

    1. I also bought several cables for my wife and kids for Xmas. I also bought 4 each Powerport 4’s to go with them. Made great stocking stuffers. Really great products.

      1. I gave the multi-port charger to my GF for Christmas. She seemed to have trouble appreciating the sentiment. So it’s definitely cables for Valentine’s Day.

    1. Why bother? Anker stuff works, and works reliably, and is usually the least-expensive out there. If someone else wants to focus on quality and price as well as Anker does, by all means mention them.

      Second place just means the first loser.

  2. Love Apple but what’s up with their awful cables? Never ever ever have I had charging cables of any other device fail like the fn lightning iPhone cables. Everywhere I go micro usb cords are everywhere. On the floorss, closets, drawers, you trip over them they are everywhere. And all work perfectly.

    That we all have to get them and congratulate each other for getting them for Christmas is insane. Apple just needs to make better cables. F this having to buy them in bulk crap.
    If there ever was a REAL reason for a class action lawsuit this is it. I want Apple to get rid of the 3.5 jack, but lord help us if we have this same problem with the headphones

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