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The best iPhone cable: a complete selection and care guide

2023-11-25
The best iPhone cable: a complete selection and care guide

Choosing the best iPhone cable is crucial for long-term, trouble-free use of your device. In order for the Apple iPhone cable to serve for a long time, it is worth paying attention to several important aspects. Here are our cable selection tips - factors to consider when buying, and tips on how to spot a good cable.

Understanding the basics of iPhone charging, the differences between cables, and the importance of cable quality are all critical to getting the most out of your device. That's why choosing the best iPhone cable is so important. Only the choice of the right cable will make the use of the iPhone long and trouble-free. In other words: an investment in a good cable is an investment in the satisfactory use of a smartphone.

When choosing an iPhone cable, it is worth paying attention to the different models available on the market. In this article, we will compare popular cable models, their features, advantages and disadvantages to help you choose the right Apple cable for your device.

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MFi Joyroom ST-C04 USB-C - Lightning cable

MFi Joyroom ST-C04 USB-C - Lightning cable

iPhone charging cable - what you need to know

Before choosing a cable, it's worth checking what type of connector your iPhone has. The vast majority of iPhone models currently on the market are charged via Lightning cables (older models, like the iPhone 4S, are charged with Apple cables with a 30-pin connector). However, Lightning has not remained in Apple's good graces - the latest iPhones in the 15 series already have a USB-C port.

Read more: "What will the iPhone 15 look like? Explore the future of mobile technology"

Differences between the cables may also concern the length, thickness of the wires or the material from which they are made. For example, cables with thicker wires may provide faster charging, but may also be less flexible. Nylon Lightning cables can be more resistant to mechanical damage. On the other hand, the short iPhone charging cable will fit in any pocket.

For the durability and safety of the cable, its quality is of great importance. Poor quality cables can cause charging problems and even damage your device. That's why it's worth investing in an MFi-certified iPhone cable. It will be made of better materials, which translates into its durability and reliability.

Read more: "MFi certified. What is it and why should you have MFi accessories?"

Baseus MVP 2 Elbow CAVP000221 USB-C - Lightning angled cable

Baseus MVP 2 Elbow CAVP000221 USB-C - Lightning angled cable

 

How to choose the best iPhone cable? Pay attention to:

  1. Material: The cable is made of a durable material such as nylon or aramid (kevlar) for greater resistance to mechanical damage and longer life.

  2. Wire Thickness: Thicker wires may provide faster charging, but may be less flexible. Consider whether loading speed or flexibility is more important to you.

  3. Cord Length: Shorter cables are more portable, but can restrict your freedom while charging. Longer ones give more freedom, but they can be less handy. The length of the cable definitely affects the comfort of its use.

  4. MFi Certified: MFi cables, which are Apple MFi certified, tend to be more durable and safer.

Read more: "Everything you need to know about Lightning MFi cables"

  1. Additional Features: On the market, you can find magnetic Lightning cables that make it easy to connect and disconnect, and Lightning cables that include a built-in indicator that allows you to easily monitor the charging process.

  2. Brand: It is worth to choose cables from reputable manufacturers. This will ensure that the product is trustworthy and meets expectations. Baseus, Joyroom, Ringke or Acefast cables will certainly be a good choice.

Ringke CB60143RS USB-C - Lightning cable

Ringke CB60143RS USB-C - Lightning cable

 

Different types of iPhone cables

There are various types of iPhone cables available on the market, which differ in their use, functions and appearance. In this section, we'll take a look at common cable types and their pros and cons.

USB-C Lightning cable

The USB-C Lightning cable is a modern solution that allows for faster charging of devices and data transfer. It is compatible with the latest iPhone and MacBook models that use the USB-C connector. Compared to other cable types, such as the classic USB-A Lightning cable, the USB-C Lightning offers much faster charging and data transfer speeds.

Advantages of the USB-C Lightning cable:

  • Faster charging

  • Higher data transfer speed

  • Compatible with new iPhone and MacBook models

Disadvantages of the USB-C Lightning Cable:

  • Higher price

  • Not compatible with older chargers that have a built-in USB-A connector

MFi Acefast C3-01 USB-C - Lightning cable

MFi Acefast C3-01 USB-C - Lightning cable

 

USB-A Lightning cable

The USB-A Lightning cable is a classic solution that allows you to charge and transfer data between your iPhone and your computer. It is compatible with most older iPhone models and MacBooks that use the USB-A connector.

Advantages of the USB-A Lightning cable:

  • Wide compatibility with Apple devices

  • Ease of use

  • Decent price

Disadvantages of the USB-A Lightning Cable:

  • Slower charging and data transfer compared to USB-C Lightning

  • Not compatible with new MacBook models

Baseus Tungsten CALWJ-01 USB-A - Lightning cable

Baseus Tungsten CALWJ-01 USB-A - Lightning cable

 

3.5mm mini jack cable - Lightning

The 3.5 mm mini jack - Lightning cable allows you to connect devices with a traditional headphone connector (3.5 mm mini jack) to Apple devices equipped with a Lightning port. This is the option used to transmit audio.

Advantages of the 3.5 mm mini jack - Lightning cable:

  • It allows you to connect older audio devices such as headphones, speakers or a car audio system to modern Apple devices equipped with a Lightning port

  • Simple to use, plug & play

  • Wide availability on the market

Cons of the 3.5mm mini jack - Lightning cable:

  • If you need to charge and listen to music at the same time, you need to use additional adapters

  • Sound quality may be inferior to wireless Bluetooth headphones

MFi Acefast C1-06 Lightning cable - 3.5mm mini jack (male)

MFi Acefast C1-06 Lightning cable - 3.5mm mini jack (male)

 

Which iPhone cable to buy: comparison of popular models

Baseus Crystal Shine Series

Baseus Crystal Shine Series is an absolute must-have for every iPhone or iPad owner. Thanks to this cable, you can transfer data from your device to a computer with a USB-C port in no time. The data transfer speed of up to 480 Mbps makes file transfer extremely efficient, without long waits. But it is not everything. Baseus Crystal Shine Series is also a guarantee of fast charging and durability of the cable. And the smart chip makes the cable effectively dissipate heat, ensuring safe and stable operation.

Baseus Cafule

Baseus Cafule is a cable that puts durability first. Braided with densely woven nylon, it is not only extremely durable, but also pleasant to the touch. You don't have to worry about tangled wires - Baseus Cafule is a guarantee of durability. To prevent cracks and damage, the connection of the plug with the cable has been additionally reinforced, and the plugs are made of aluminum. Practical Velcro makes it easy to store the cable and prevents it from tangling.

Acefast C3

For owners of Apple devices who expect a perfect connection - this cable will meet the highest expectations. With the ability to work with a current of 30 W and 3 A, the Acefast C3 cable guarantees fast charging and efficient data transfer. Most importantly, Acefast C3 is MFi certified which means it is fully compatible and safe with Apple devices. This Lightning cable is also made of strong materials that have passed the bend test multiple times (according to the manufacturer as many as 25,000).

Baseus Explorer Series CATS010202 USB-C - Lightning cable

Baseus Explorer Series CATS010202 USB-C - Lightning cable

 

How to care for your iPhone cable?

Proper care and maintenance of your iPhone cable can greatly extend its lifespan. How to care for your iPhone cable to make it last as long as possible? Here are four golden rules:

  • Avoiding bends and twists. Do not bend the cable at a sharp angle while it is connected to the device. This can lead to damage to the wires inside the cable.

  • Proper storage. The cable should not be wrapped around the device or too tight. Cables should be gently wrapped in a loose loop to avoid damage.

  • Use proper force when connecting and disconnecting the cable. Gentle movements are enough for the cable to properly connect to the device.

  • Protection against moisture and high temperature. They can lead to insulation and wiring damage.

Joyroom S-CL020A14 USB C - Lightning cable

Joyroom S-CL020A14 USB C - Lightning cable

Is it worth buying the cheapest iPhone cables?

There are different types of iPhone cables available in the market, both cheaper and more expensive. When comparing these two groups of products, it is worth paying attention to their advantages and disadvantages.

A cheap Lightning cable has a shorter lifespan, a higher risk of damage, and it certainly won't be an Apple MFi cable, which can lead to compatibility issues. Pros? There is a huge selection on the market.

The best Lightning cables are those that have a longer lifespan, higher build quality, and are Apple MFi certified. However, they are less available and usually have a higher price.

So it's worth investing in a slightly more expensive iPhone cable that is Apple MFi certified and ensures longer life and better workmanship. In the long run, such a cable may prove to be more cost-effective than frequent replacement of cheaper, less durable cables.

Baseus Explorer Series CATS000003 USB-C - Lightning cable

Baseus Explorer Series CATS000003 USB-C - Lightning cable

 

The Latest iPhone Cable Trends: What's Hot Right Now?

When choosing an iPhone cable, it is worth paying attention to these modern solutions that can significantly facilitate the everyday use of the device and increase its functionality. In recent years, the offer of iPhone cables has expanded significantly - many innovative solutions have appeared in this field.

  • Heavy Duty Cables: made of materials such as nylon and aramid (Kevlar), which provide greater resistance to bending, twisting and pulling. The braid protects against mechanical damage, such as bending or overloading.

  • Magnetic cables: With a magnetic connector that makes it easy to connect and disconnect the cable and protects the device ports from damage. This solution is especially useful in situations where you want to quickly connect or disconnect a cable, e.g. in a car. It also provides greater safety - the cable disconnects automatically when it is pulled.

  • Cables with a built-in charge indicator: Equipped with an LED that informs about the battery charge status of the device.

USB-A cable - Lightning Wozinsky WUALC2 with LED display

USB-A cable - Lightning Wozinsky WUALC2 with LED display

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