Need a Lightning cable replacement for iPhone or iPad? Here are 10 alternatives to Apple's official cable

Apple's Lightning cable is a pretty clever piece of hardware, but indestructible it is not. Sooner or later, it may snap or fail, and that is when you'll have to get a replacement. And since you've landed on this article, then you're already in search of one, or you just need a spare to use in the car or at the office.

Well, one of your options is to grab the official Lightning cable from the Apple store. It will cost you about $20 bucks and should last a pretty long time if treated nicely. However, there are alternatives, and no, we're not talking about those cheap $2 knock-offs. Fake lightning cables might work, but they can't be considered reliable in any way. 

That's why if you'll be getting a third-party Lightning cable, it better be made by a licensed manufacturer and a brand that can be trusted. And to make the hunt for a reliable replacement Lightning cable easier, we've put together a list of 10 options that should get the job done. Check them out!



1. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

And they're all breathtakingly expensive (considering what it is)

2. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Like everything from Apple.

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Are ripoff.

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hi there Arte-8800. Samsung MicroUSB cable = $19.99 Apple Lightning Cable = $19.00 OMG!! Apple is expensive!! Apple is ripping off its customers. Apple apple apple apple. blah blah blah..

9. RedRingofWar

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

They're not $19 everywhere. In Canada, Apple sells them at $29 for the 1M cable. Compared to every $20 or less MicroUSB cable I see, that is a rip-off.

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014


4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those aren't made by Apple.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If $12 is too expensive then get a job.

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

considering that i can get a micro usb cable for like a buck or 2. these are expensive. And what happened to these 3rd party cables and batteries causing phones to kill people!!!!! PhoneArena what are you doing, what happened to use OEM REPLACEMENTS ONLY

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And bet they don't last very long. I can get a 30-pin cable for the same price. Don't be ignorant, lightning cables are not expensive.

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Better answer, if you are indigent, buy an Android device.

10. Tuxedo_SNjr

Posts: 16; Member since: May 01, 2014

Didn't PA post an article about not buying third-party cables because they could damage your iPhone.

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It said to make sure to buy "certified" cables.

13. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I live here in the Philippines $20 dollar is not expensive. Why you say $20 dollar is expensive when you live in good country like US, Canada and Europe.

16. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It's still expensive considering you're living in a third world country. Do not compare 1st world country cause companies pays them more than enough than the companies out there in Philippines .

17. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Here in the Philippines it cost $40 compared to US price because of the taxes and the price here get high and I can still afford to buy the original one. I never buy third-party connector for my iPhone and iPad even it is less expensive than the original.

14. halofan1996

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

The 3 usb to micro usb cables i bought off Ebay for 5 dollars have lasted me 3 years and still going.

15. gorkapr

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Remember the Enercell charger, Auvio cables & Radioshack cables, for less than the original and is MFi

19. Holycroc

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

So just searched on eBay and the $19.99 micro USB to lightning converter can be had for as little as $1. EBay is my go to source for cables and such, cheap out of China or Hong Kong typically. To try and charge $20 for a cheap little adapter is flat out absurd, and do not try and tell me that the two adapters are not the same. Ridiculous mark up!!!!

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