These are the toughest, most durable Lightning cables for your iPhone or iPad

These are the toughest, most durable Lightning cables for your iPhone or iPad
Let us guess – you've landed on this page because your iPhone's Lightning cable is tearing apart. If that's the case, you're not alone in your suffering. The original Apple Lightning cable isn't very durable, and many an Apple device owner are aware of that. Head over to the Apple Store and read the comments to see what we mean.

The accessory's weak spot has nothing to do with the Lightning connector itself. The reversible nature of the plug makes it convenient to use, and the lack of moving parts means that it will last through a great number of insertion cycles. However, the insulation the cable is wrapped in is prone to splitting and fraying, especially if you don't treat it with care. Cables don't like being run over by office chairs, you know. 

One way of dealing with the mediocre durability of the original Lightning cable is to wrap weak areas in sticky tape as soon as signs of wear become apparent. The other is to buy a better, more durable cable. Speaking of which, we scouted the web in search of the toughest, most durable Lightning cables for the iPhone and iPad. The ones we came across may not be cheap, but they will surely outlast the cable your iPhone came with. They will probably survive longer than the iPhone itself. Check them out!

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13 Comments

1. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm picking up one of these. Apple's cables are kind of flimsy and weardown relatively quickly.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I've gone through 3 the past year compared to none of my USB cables. I don't know why they make them so flimsy. (Inb4 "They just do it to make more money" nonsense comments :D)

3. TerryTerius unregistered

No idea why that is, but considering what you pay for an iPhone and their apparent focus on quality it isn't really acceptable. But yeah, similar story on my part.

8. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Apple used to be a company that earned it's reputation for unrivaled quality. I'm not sure if they deserve that anymore. I think they've become too complacent with their position.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is what Apple should be including for what they overcharge for their phones.

6. TerryTerius unregistered

Overcharge is a really, really subjective term. But I will grant you they should definitely have more durable cables then they do

9. benoita74

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 20, 2015

They don't overcharge, they Turbo Charge 3.0™

5. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Wish one plus could makes cables for apple gadgets

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, so..has phone arena tested this? Because these cables seem like the ones that usually break easiest, and where you can't really make sure of the quality, because of the way the sleves are made, I mean sure they look good, but looks and price does not equal quality.

10. TerryTerius unregistered

Even still, there is a very high chance these are better than the cables Apple gives you.

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

My experience is "maybe" in terms of 'quality' cables in general. In many a situation the cheapest digital cables are often fine for the situation, since in most cases cables aren't going to experience a lot of wear and tear, and they aren't exactly fragile, however yeah. Maybe

11. ilkinandr92

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Anker powerline lightning cables are the best

12. helrazr1586

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

The MOS spring cables seem like they're tough when you get them... Then about a week later on the 2 I initially purchased the Lightning tips snapped off. I RMA them. 2 new ones same thing. They have lifetime warranty but it's totally not worth the hassle. The best cables I have found are the moshi cables (expensive $30) or the RND cables (inexpensive but not as tough $10).

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