[49 Tested] Best Affordable USB-C Cables 2504

[49 Tested] Best Affordable USB-C Cables

Sneak Peek

  • To find out the affordable and quality USB-C cables with superior charging and syncing performance, we tested 49 models in every aspect, and finally recommended 8 products to you.
  • Not all USB-C cables can charge your high-powered laptops at full speeds. We used a Xiaomi MI 6, a MacBook Pro 15” (2016) and more to test each USB-C cable, and found ones that can charge most USB-C devices on the market at the fastest speed.
  • Can’t bear that the original USB-C cable of MacBook Pro 15” transfers data at a snail’s pace? We used a Samsung T5 SSD to test each model’s data-transfer speed, and found ones that can move 50GB files within one minute.
  • Not all USB-C to Lightning cables can fast charge your iPhone or iPad. We tested a third-party USB-C to Lightning cable and found it failed to trigger PD fast charge for an iPad Pro.
  • We repeatedly bent the connection points (or necks) of each USB-C cable to check if they would deform or not. In the end, we found out some flexible and durable cables for you.

Sneak Peek

  • To find out the affordable and quality USB-C cables with superior charging and syncing performance, we tested 49 models in every aspect, and finally recommended 8 products to you.
  • Not all USB-C cables can charge your high-powered laptops at full speeds. We used a Xiaomi MI 6, a MacBook Pro 15” (2016) and more to test each USB-C cable, and found ones that can charge most USB-C devices on the market at the fastest speed.
  • Can’t bear that the original USB-C cable of MacBook Pro 15” transfers data at a snail’s pace? We used a Samsung T5 SSD to test each model’s data-transfer speed, and found ones that can move 50GB files within one minute.
  • Not all USB-C to Lightning cables can fast charge your iPhone or iPad. We tested a third-party USB-C to Lightning cable and found it failed to trigger PD fast charge for an iPad Pro.
  • We repeatedly bent the connection points (or necks) of each USB-C cable to check if they would deform or not. In the end, we found out some flexible and durable cables for you.

OUR DISCOVERY

Everything you need to know about USB-C

The USB standard has come a long way of evolution since it was first implemented in 1996. Up to now, USB-C has gradually become the mainstream USB interface. At present, the latest Android phones on the market (such as Huawei mate 10, Huawei P20 / P20 Pro, Samsung Note 8, Samsung S9/S9+, Xiaomi MI6, Xiaomi MIX 2/MIX 2S, OnePlus 6, etc.) and the newest laptops (like MacBook, Chromebook, Surface Laptop, Dell XPS, Lenovo Yoga, ASUS Zenbook, Thinkpad X1 Carbon, etc.) are all equipped with USB-C ports.

That’s mainly thanks to its powerful features — up to 100W of power transfer, 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2) or 40Gbps (Thunderbolt 3) data-transfer speeds, and 4K video transmission. Click to Tweet

 In addition, the USB-C connector is slimmer and reversible, so you can finally wave goodbye to fumbling around while inserting.

Power transfer

For power transfer, a USB-C port that supports USB Power Delivery can charge your device faster than ever. USB Power Delivery (USB PD) is currently one of the mainstream fast charging protocols. It can boost the maximum power up to 100W, meaning that it’s able to fast charge most mobile devices like smartphones and even can power up some large devices, such as tablets, game consoles, laptops, etc. Right now, more and more devices have already supported PD protocol, among which are iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, Google Pixel/Pixel 2, Samsung S9, Xiaomi 6, iPad Pro, Nintendo Switch, and other mobile devices, as well as some new laptops, like MacBook 12”, MacBook Pro 2016 and later, Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga, etc.

USB PD provides five mainstream voltage levels of 5V, 9V, 12V, 14.5V/15V, and 20V. Generally, voltage levels and charging power vary from device to device. The standard PD-capable smartphones, Nintendo Switch and other mobile devices can draw the maximum charging speed of 18W, while the PD laptops can achieve 30W or more. As USB PD is implemented in USB-C ports, currently only USB-C to USB-C cables are capable of PD technology. BTW, you need to know that USB-C cables on the market are rated at 3A and 5A according to the amount of current flowing through. 3A level can max out 60W of power, and 5A can hit up to 100W. With that in mind, you’d better figure out the maximum charging power of your device before buying a USB-C cable.

Of course, if you want to take advantage of PD, aside from a USB-C to USB-C cable, you also need a USB-C charger or a USB-C power bank that supports PD protocol. If you are looking for that, you can pop over to our guides The Best USB-C Wall Charger and The Best USB-C Power Banks. In these two guides, we introduce you more details about Power Delivery and recommend you different types of PD chargers and PD power banks.

Data transfer

As for data transfer, Thunderbolt 3 is currently the fastest data-transfer protocol. It can deliver the bandwidth of up to 40Gbps, 85 times faster than the standard USB 2.0. With the powerful transfer rate, Thunderbolt 3 can simultaneously drive two external 4K displays at 60 Hz or a single 5K display, transfer a 4k movie (100GB) in less than 30 seconds, or achieve a 10-gigabit Ethernet connection. However, as Thunderbolt 3 is not that widespread yet, the adoptions (like power banks and 5K displays with Thunderbolt 3 support) are relatively limited on the market, and they are generally on the pricey side.

By contrast, USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) are more common and have more reasonable prices. The USB world, however, is a bit cluttered, and some manufacturers aren’t helping to clear it up. Therefore, many people get confused about USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB 3.1 Gen 1. In fact, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has defined the USB 3.1 Gen 1 as meeting the same data-transfer speed as USB 3.0. So if you see a USB 3.1 Gen 1 product on the market, it basically works the same as USB 3.0, both with 5Gbps bandwidth. 

USB 3.1 Gen 2 is the true USB 3.1. It has a maximum bandwidth of 10Gbps, double that of USB 3.1 Gen 1. That is a powerful transfer rate, which allows for 4K monitor output. As 4K video is increasingly popular, USB 3.1 Gen 2 has become the transfer port of many 4K monitors. Additionally, USB 3.1 Gen 2 even brings new usage to SSD.

In the past, applications were only installed and run on your computer locally. Some high-resolution video and photo editing work can only be done inside your computer’s hard drives as well. But now, with USB 3.1 Gen 2, you can directly install applications on an external SSD, and just connect it to your computer whenever you need. You can also edit videos and photos straight from the external SSD, without having to copy the files to your computer. In this way, you can greatly free up more hard disk space on your computer. As a result, it effectively solves the problem that many laptops on the market can’t extend their hard disks’ storage capacity.

USB 3.1 Gen 1 is half the transfer rate of USB 3.1 Gen 2, though. It’s still 10 times of the most common USB 2.0, and can absolutely satisfy your needs of rapid data transfer for your smartphones and mobile hard drives. At present, USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) is the fastest USB standard applied to smartphones, like HTC U Ultra, HTC U11, Xperia XZ Premium, Samsung S8, Lumia 950, Moto Z, Moto Z Play, etc., but in general these phones’ original USB-C cables only meet the USB 2.0 standard. So if you desire the faster data transfer, you need to buy a USB-C cable that supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1).

It’s worth mentioning that the theoretical data-transfer rates and real-world transfer rates of each USB standard are not equal.

*This set of data is only the approximate values, not representing all situations. Generally, the real-world data-transfer rate is 60%~70% of the theoretical data-transfer rate.

*KB / MB / GB are the common units of file sizes, while many munufacturers usually promote their products with Kb / Mb /Gb. In fact, the “B” is specified as the symbol for byte, and the “b” represents bit. 1byte=8bits. So, 1KB=8Kb, 1MB=8Mb, 1GB=8Gb.

From the table above, we can see that the real-world data-transfer rate is 60%-70% of the theoretical data-transfer rate in general. However, there are some exceptions (click here to check out), and we can’t know the real-world transfer rates of all USB-C cables, so these data are just for reference.

How we picked

We firstly spent a huge amount of time searching for the information about USB-C. After a full understanding, we began to scan major e-commerce platforms, such as Taobao, Jingdong, Amazon, Aliexpress, and Souq.com where have various kinds of USB-C cables for selection. However, there are a wide range of USB-C cables that are pretty overwhelming. In order to make things simple, we just chose these three mainstream kinds: USB-C to USB-A, USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to Lightning. Then we sifted them based on the following criteria.

Charging speeds

USB-C cables are mainly rated at 3A and 5A. For USB-C to USB-A cables, we only selected 3A level, because 3A is enough to charge most devices with USB-C ports. The 5A USB-C to USB-A cables have a relatively small application range unless your phones are from Huawei, OnePlus or OPPO. However, these brands have their exclusive fast charging protocols like Huwei’s SuperCharge, Oneplus’s Dash Charge, and OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge, which are not compatible with some common fast charging protocols. That is to say, USB-C to USB-A cables should not only support 5A but also support their proprietary protocols, which leads to the narrow applicability of 5A USB-C to USB-A cables.

As for USB-C to USB-C cables, 3A is enough to fully power up all existing PD-enabled mobile devices and some low-power-consumption laptops. If you need to juice your high-powered laptop (like a MacBook Pro 15”), then a 5A cable will meet your requirement. And only 5A USB-C to USB-C cables can hit 100W power delivery level.

USB-C to Lightning cables can only charge Apple devices equipped with Lightning ports. Thus, we will be A-OK with them, as long as they support 2.4A.

Data-transfer rates

Based on the mainstream USB standards, USB-C cables can be classified into three versions: USB 2.0, USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and USB 3.1 Gen 2. If say, a USB-C cable you need is mainly used for charging devices, then USB 2.0 is enough, because this kind of cable is relatively inexpensive, and most smartphones on the market conform to the USB 2.0 standard.

USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) is a relatively common rapid transfer standard. On the market, many laptops, smartphones, and mobile hard drives support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1). So the USB 3.0 USB-C cables can definitely meet your daily data-transfer needs.

USB-C cables that implement USB 3.1 Gen 2 will be a great choice for people who have high requirements on data-transfer rates. With the increasing development of USB, more and more laptops, SSD, displays and other devices on the market support USB 3.1 Gen 2. However, USB 3.1 Gen 2 merely fulfills by USB-C ports, so only USB-C cables are capable of the USB 3.1 Gen 2 data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.

Materials

Cable jacket materials go hand in hand with a cable’s flexibility and durability. Frankly, the faster charging and syncing rates a cable offers, the thicker it will be. Some cables are way too hard and thick, making them inflexible and inconvenient to use and organize. In general, nylon-wrapped cables are more durable than PVC or TPE cables. They feature lower costs but still come along with good flexibility and durability. Therefore, we will give priority to nylon-wrapped cables.

Length

USB-C cables with different lengths can fit different devices in various usage scenarios. Thus, we incline to choose products that come in multiple lengths (but some cables are not necessarily available in several lengths, so we will firstly factor the above criteria, then the length). Usually, if a cable is used for mobile devices’ charging and syncing, the 1m (3.3ft) length is optimal. And the 0.3m (1ft) or 0.25m (0.8ft) one is ideal for power banks to charge devices. When the nearest outlet is in a far distance, a 2m (6.6ft) cable is appropriate. For laptop charging, a 2m (6.6ft) cable will do better, and the 1m (3.3ft) one is right for taking on-the-go, while the 0.3m (1ft) and 0.25 (0.8ft) are too short for laptop charging. If a cable is used for data transfer on mobile hard drives, then the 0.3m (1ft) or 0.25m (0.8ft) cable is a joy to use.

Price

USB-C cables with different parameters or types vary in price range. Generally, the faster charging speeds and the higher USB standard it has, the higher price it will cost. When choosing cables, we will compare their prices so as to find out some affordable and high-quality products.

How we picked

According to the criteria above, we finally selected 49 products and brought them in for hands-on testing. To figure out the performance of these USB-C cables in overall aspects, we prepared a set of test tools, including a Xiaomi MI6, a MacBook Pro 15” (2016), a MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Late 2012), an iPhone X, an iPad mini 4, two SSD that support USB 3.1 Gen 2 (a Samsung T5 SSD and a Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD, respectively with the fastest speeds of 500+MB/s and 800+MB/s), an original 87W PD charger of MacBook, an Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Ports 63W (A2054) that supports Apple 2.4A and QC 3.0 fast charge, a Xiaomi Power Delivery 45W USB C Wall Charger (CDQ02ZM), a UGREEN USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter, and two testers.

Charging speeds

We used each USB-C to USB-A cable to charge Xiaomi MI6 and MacBook Pro 15” (2016) respectively via the PowerIQ port on the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Ports 63W (A2054), and then record the charging speeds showed on the testers. As Xiaomi MI6 supports QC 3.0 fast charge and it can reach about 2.85A (nearly 3A) of current when charging, we used it to check whether the USB-C to USB-A cables can deliver up to 3A or not.

And, almost every one of us has USB-A chargers or power banks, but what if you can’t find a USB-C charger to fill up your laptop in a pinch? We think you may need a USB-A alternative. So with that in mind, we tested with the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) to see whether the USB-C to USB-A cables can deliver juice to laptops. 

To test the charging speed of the USB-C to USB-A cable

For USB-C to USB-C cables, we tested with a MacBook Pro 15” (2016) and a MacBook’s original 87W PD charger. If the USB-C to USB-C cable is capable of 3A of current, then it will charge the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) at 61W. If it supports 5A, then it can deliver the fastest charging speed of MacBook Pro 15” (2016) — up to 87W at about 4.25A.

To test the charging speed of the USB-C to USB-C cable

As for USB-C to Lightning cables, we use a Xiaomi Power Delivery 45W USB C Wall Charger (CDQ02ZM), an iPhone X and an iPad mini 4 to test their charging speeds and to verify if they can power up all Apple devices with Lightning ports at full speed.

To test the charging speed of the USB-C to Lightning cable

Keep in mind, most manufacturers, purely for marketing purposes, usually take the best testing result from the laboratory as advertised parameters of their products. As a matter of fact, we didn’t find any cable that can give 100% charging performance during testing. Due to electric resistance and heating, energy losses occur during the current transfer process. As a result, the real-world charging speed will be lower than advertised. That is normal. For example, we used a 3A cable to charge the MacBook Pro 15” (2016), and we could only see 2.93A.

Data-transfer rates

We plugged the USB-C end of each USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) cable into a Samsung T5 SSD and the other end into the USB-A port of the MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Late 2012). Similarly, we used each USB 3.1 Gen 2 cable to connect the Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD to the Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C port of  MacBook Pro 15” (2016). Then, we ran a testing app called Blackmagic Disk Speed Test on the laptop to measure the transfer speeds of each USB-C cable. 

To test the transfer speed of the USB 3.0 cable (Left) and the USB 3.1 Gen 2 cable (Right)

Samsung T5 SSD is one of the fastest SSDs. However, as it comes with SATA transfer interfaces, the data-transfer rate actually doesn’t reach the top speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2, just about 505MB/s max. Although Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD also employs SATA transfer interfaces, instead of embedding just one solid-state drive (SSD), it uses two, combined into a single RAID-0 volume. So this SSD can take advantage of its RAID-0 to easily achieve the USB 3.1 Gen 2’s fastest actual transfer rate of up to 875MB/s or so.

Besides, we also plugged the USB-A end of each USB-C to USB-A cable that supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) to a UGREEN USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter, and then connect the Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD and the MacBook Pro 15” (2016). In this way, we can measure their fastest data-transfer rates.

To test the transfer speed of the USB-C to USB-A 3.0 cable

Materials

We repeatedly bend and twist the neck of each USB-C cable to measure how flexible they are and to see whether they would deform obviously. Then we pressed each USB-C cable against the rough ground and rubbed them back and forth over 40 times to observe if their jackets would seriously pill or fray. At last, based on our real-world usage, we verified whether their nylon sheathings would be extensively frying after a long-term use.

Product quality

Once some things take our fancy, we will use them for a long time to check their quality and durability.

Actually USB 3.0 cables can get to 10Gbps, but...

When searching for the information about USB-C cables, we found an article on the BH website that drew our attention. As this article mentioned, if you have a USB 3.1 Gen 2 host port and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 device, but you are using a USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) cable to transfer data, you’ll still see the USB 3.1 Gen 2 real-world rates of up to 800MB/s.We are all surprised at this point. In order to verify it, we plugged the USB-A end of each USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB-C to USB-A cable to a USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter, and then connect the Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD and the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) to measure their data-transfer rates. It turned out that almost every USB-C to USB-A cable with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) can reach the write and read speeds of 835MB/s and 875MB/s, respectively, as fast as the maximum real-world transfer rates of USB 3.1 Gen 2.Honestly, we can’t ensure all USB-C cables with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) would have that excellent performance, as we tested 12 USB-C to USB-A 3.0 cables and found two failed. One is Aukey USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Nylon Cable, with write and read speeds of 423.3MB/s and 429.3MB/s, respectively, only reaching the transfer rates of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1). And the other one is ESR USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable, with read speed of 877.5MB/s, though. Its write speed began to fell down from the initial 835MB/s to 621.9MB/s. Therefore, we do believe that some products from other brands would be so, too.Beyond that, we also found USB-C to USB-A cables that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2. We were pretty confused with them at the beginning, because we thought that the top transfer rates of these cables would be limited at USB 3.0, since the USB-A port only supports up to USB 3.0 albeit the USB-C port with USB 3.1 Gen 2. So how do they achieve the USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds? After reading the article on BH, we realized that USB-C to USB-A cables are capable of USB 3.1 Gen 2 as well.

AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A 3.1 Gen2 Cable

Then we bought an Anker PowerLine II USB C to USB A 3.1 Gen 2 3A cable and an AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A Male 3.1 Gen 2 Cable from Aamzon to have a test. We successively plugged them into a USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter to connect the Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD and the MacBook Pro 15” (2016). Consequently, the Anker’s write and read speeds went up to 832.8MB/s and 870.9MB/s, while the AmazonBasics’s reached 829.3MB/s and 876.1MB/s, respectively. These two cables both achieve their fastest real-world transfer rates of USB 3.1 Gen 2 as advertised.

But here’s the question: do we need to pay more to buy a USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB-C to USB-A cable, since the USB 3.0 USB-C cables can reach USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds? To clear it up specifically, we used the same way to measure an Anker PowerLine USB C to USB A USB 3.0 3A cable. Things went as expected. The write and read speeds are 835.5MB/s and 875.4MB/s, respectively. In other words, this Anker PowerLine USB 3.0 cable’s syncing performance is the same as the Anker PowerLine II USB 3.1 Gen 2 cable which costs twice as much. Likewise, USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB-C to USB-A cables from other brands are more expensive than the USB 3.0 ones. Thus, we don’t recommend buying a USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB-C to USB-A cable.

If you do want to get the USB 3.1 Gen 2 data transfer rates, we recommend you to buy USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB-C to USB-C cables. There are three reasons, one is that the USB-C to USB-A cables with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) need to work with a USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter even though it can reach USB 3.1 Gen 2 data-transfer speeds. Next, as we mentioned above, not all USB-C to USB-A cables with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) are able to hit USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds. At least we found two failed in our tests. Last, only USB-C to USB-C cables can support PD fast charge.

Best cable for charging phones, tablets up to 3A

Our Pick: AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Cable

Our Pick

AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 1ft

A fantastic cable designed for USB-C devices with non-PD support

3A of current is plenty for charging most USB-C mobile devices at fast speed. USB 2.0 meets the data-transfer needs of most USB-C smartphones.
US$ 5.99 from DIGSHOPAED 9.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 4ft

A fantastic cable designed for USB-C devices with non-PD support

3A of current is plenty for charging most USB-C mobile devices at fast speed. USB 2.0 meets the data-transfer needs of most USB-C smartphones.
US$ 6.99 from DIGSHOPAED 12.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 6.6ft

A fantastic cable designed for USB-C devices with non-PD support

3A of current is plenty for charging most USB-C mobile devices at fast speed. USB 2.0 meets the data-transfer needs of most USB-C smartphones.
US$ 7.99 from DIGSHOPAED 16.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Durable+Slim+Compatible with USB-A adapters+Can handle most USB-C devices
Cons:
-Pill after a long-term use, but not obvious.

If you are hunting for an affordable USB-C cable with solid build quality, then AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable is right up your alley. With this cable, there’s no need to buy a new USB-C charger. You can use your existing USB-A adapter to charge your USB-C devices.

Fast charge QC smartphones

This AENZR USB C to USB A cable supports 3A charging, which is enough to quickly charge your USB-C phones, Bluetooth headphones and laptops. But due to the limitation of USB-A port, it doesn’t support power delivery protocol. Fortunately, it is capable of hitting the required current of QC 3.0 and outputting 18W of power. Moreover, for most smartphones and power banks, the charging speeds of PD and QC 3.0 are the same, both up to 18W max.

USB-C to USB-A cable also can juice laptops

To be honest, we didn’t know USB-C to USB-A cables could charge USB-C laptops before testing. We used this AENZR USB C to USB A cable to juice up MacBook Pro 15” (2016), and found it delivered up to 4.9V⎓2.3A (11.29W), hitting the speed of Apple 2.4A fast charge. 11.29W, you know, is almost the half of the top charging speed of MacBook 12” (30W). Although such a speed is not enough to quickly charge laptops, you still can use your current USB-A charging gear with this cable to prolong your laptop’s battery life when the USB-C one is out of reach. While charging Xiaomi MI6, this cable has a current output of 2.8A, triggering QC 3.0 fast charge. Given the energy loss during transfer, this result also indicated that it is capable of 3A as advertised, so fast charging USB-C mobile devices won’t be a problem.

Testing charging speed

Meet your daily data-transfer needs

Regarding the data transfer, the AENZR USB C to USB A cable only implements USB 2.0. As most phones on the market merely support USB 2.0 standard, this cable providing transfer speed of 480Mbps is enough for our daily needs, as long as not transferring large files.

Stunning durability

With 1.2m (4ft) in length and 3.6mm (0.14in) in thickness, this AENZR USB C to USB A cable is flexible and heavy-duty. Without any exaggeration, it’s literally the most hard-wearing USB-C cable we’ve ever seen in the same price range. It also comes with a fine Velcro strap attached to it for easier packing. In addition, the connectors have solid necks that can endure repeated bends without any noticeable deformation or fraying in our test. It proves that the nylon material features unrivaled durability.

Multiple lengths for different scenarios

Aside from the 1.2m (4ft) length, it’s also available in 0.3m (1ft) and 2m (6.6ft) versions. You can choose the optimum one in terms of your real-world using experience. The 0.3m (1ft) version can come in handy and is perfect for power banks to charge your USB-C mobile devices. The 2m (6.6ft) length is more convenient for charging indoors when the outlet is a good distance away.

Budget Pick: TAFIQ USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Cable

Budget Pick

TAFIQ USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 0.8ft

Super affordable pick

It features as remarkable charging performance as AENZR, with softer nylon material and a lower price tag.
US$ 4.99 from DIGSHOPAED 7.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

TAFIQ USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 3.3ft

Super affordable pick

It features as remarkable charging performance as AENZR, with softer nylon material and a lower price tag.
US$ 5.99 from DIGSHOPAED 8.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

TAFIQ USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 6.6ft

Super affordable pick

It features as remarkable charging performance as AENZR, with softer nylon material and a lower price tag.
US$ 6.99 from DIGSHOPAED 9.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Wallet-friendly+Flexible+Slim+Compatible with USB-A adapters+Can handle most USB-C devices
Cons:
-Easily pill after a long-term use

If our top pick AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable didn’t whet your appetite due to its relatively high price, and you want to spend less on a USB-C cable for just charging your mobile devices, then you can consider TAFIQ USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable. It’s one of the cheapest cables we’ve tested and has the same charging performance as AENZR USB C to USB A cable. Also, it’s durable and hard-wearing.

Support 3A of current

This TAFIQ USB C to USB A cable supports 3A of current as well. In the charging test, it can charge Xiaomi MI6 at 2.8A and trigger QC 3.0 fast charge. This result proves that it can give speedy charging to most USB-C mobile devices, and power up those USB-C devices with QC 3.0 support (or without any fast-charging protocol support). When juicing MacBook Pro 15” (2016), the charging speed also reached 4.9V⎓2.3A (11.29W), meaning that it’s able to supply power to your laptop.

Testing charging speed

USB 2.0 transfer

This cable supports USB 2.0, too. With the transfer rates of 480 Mbps, it’s totally enough for our smartphones’ data-transfer needs.

The most flexible nylon cable

This TAFIQ USB C to USB A cable is the most flexible cable we’ve ever tested, which is even more pliable than some PVC cables. So it’s convenient to use, store, and coil up easily. An issue you need to note is that its nylon exterior may start to pill or fray over extended use. But this is a common problem for all nylon-wrapped cables. Nevertheless, the price is extremely reasonable — only half the price of AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable, thereby making it the best bang for your buck. 

Multiple lengths for different scenarios

This cable comes in 3 lengths. The 1m (3.3ft) version is moderate that can fit in various usage scenarios. No matter you use it on the go or at home, it is quite convenient. The cable in 0.25m (0.8ft) length is more suitable for carrying around and charging your phone with power banks. The 2m (6.6ft) cable will be a better choice when using indoors, as it can easily charge your gadgets even if the nearest outlet is out of reach.

This cable is extremely inexpensive. In the initial picking round, we did worry about its quality. However, it sells very well in China Taobao and has high consumer review ratings. Plus, we didn’t find any problem in lone-term testing. Therefore, we were all confident in its quality.

Best cable for 3A Charging and USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) data transfer

Our Pick: AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Cable

Our Pick

AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 1ft

An amazing USB-C to USB-A cable with faster data syncing speeds

3A of current is enough for speedy charging USB-C mobile devices. USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) standard boosts the data-transfer rates up to 10 times of USB 2.0
US$ 6.99 from DIGSHOPAED 14.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 3.3ft

An amazing USB-C to USB-A cable with faster data syncing speeds

3A of current is enough for speedy charging USB-C mobile devices. USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) standard boosts the data-transfer rates up to 10 times of USB 2.0
US$ 7.99 from DIGSHOPAED 17.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable 6.6ft

An amazing USB-C to USB-A cable with faster data syncing speeds

3A of current is enough for speedy charging USB-C mobile devices. USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) standard boosts the data-transfer rates up to 10 times of USB 2.0
US$ 8.99 from DIGSHOPAED 20.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Durable+USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) rapid transfer rates+Compatible with USB-A chargers+Can handle most USB-C devices
Cons:
-Pill after a long-term use, but not obvious.

If you still want to find a USB-C cable in conjunction with your current USB-A adapter to charge devices, and your phone or mobile hard drive support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1), then AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable is a solid bet.

Fast charge QC smartphones

This AENZR USB C to USB A cable is rated at 3A, able to fast charge most USB-C mobile peripherals. Due to the limitation of USB-A port, it doesn’t support Power Delivery protocol. However, it is able to support QC 3.0 and transfer 18W to fast charge corresponding devices (most PD-enabled devices cap out at 18W).

In our tests, this cable is capable of delivering 2.8A to Xiaomi MI6 and activating QC 3.0 fast charge. Take energy losses into account, it also hits the rated charging speed at 3A, which is enough to fill up most USB-C mobile devices at fast speed. While charging MacBook Pro 15” (2016), it can go up to 4.9V⎓2.3A (11.3W), indicating that you can use a USB-A adapter to fuel your USB-C laptop.

Testing charging speed

What? USB 3.0 is able to reach the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2?

This AENZR USB C to USB A cable is built on USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) with data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, which is 10 times of USB 2.0. USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) is a mainstream fast USB standard. On the market most portable hard drives support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) now. Moreover, in recent years, some well-known brands have launched the smartphones equipped with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1), including HTC U Ultra, HTC U11, Xperia XZ Premium, Samsung S8, Lumia 950, Moto Z, Moto Z Play, etc. But usually these phones’ original USB-C cables only support USB 2.0 standard, so you need to personally buy a cable implements USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) if you do want rapid transfer rates.

In our data test, we hooked a Samsung T5 SSD to a MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Late 2012) via this AENZR USB C to USB A cable. We measured write and read speeds of Samsung T5 SSD at 422.4MB/s and 431MB/s, respectively. This is a very fast transfer speed which has already hit the top real-world data syncing rates of USB3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1), able to transfer a 4G file in 10 seconds. When connecting Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD to MacBook Pro 15″ (2016) via this cable, the write and read speeds were 843.8MB/s and 877.2MB/s, respectively, which hit the fastest actual data-transfer speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2, fast enough to transfer an 8G file in 10 seconds. In addition, such a rapid speed allows you to smoothly edit a 4K video straight on your SSD. Nice!

To test the data-transfer speed

Slim yet durable

Generally, USB-C cables with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) support are a bit thick. But for a cable in 1m (3.3ft) length, this AENZR USB C to USB A cable is one of the slimmest cables among the same type of products we tested. With only 4mm (0.16in) in diameter, even if we coil it up, it won’t easily come loose. Also, a Velcro strap is included to help organize. After repeated bending, the jack and sheath connection points didn’t deform or fray.

We compared this AENZR USB C to USB A cable with Anker PowerLine+ USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable. Though the durability of AENZR is not on a par with Anker, it totally can satisfy our daily use. What’s more, AENZR’s charging and syncing performance are identical to Anker‘s, and the price is one third of it. Thus we do think this AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable is worthier to buy.

Multiple lengths for different scenarios

This cable comes in 3 lengths. The 1m (3.3ft) version is widely available. No matter you take on-the-go or use indoors, it can fit well. The 0.3m (1ft) version is better for mobile hard drives to transfer data. The 2m (6.6ft) cable will be a better choice when using indoors, as it can easily charge your gadgets even if the nearest outlet is out of reach.

Best cable for charging phones, tablets up to 60W

Our Pick: AENZR USB C to USB C 3A (60W) Nylon Braided Cable

Our Pick

AENZR USB C to USB C 3A (60W) Nylon Braided Cable 1ft

Meet most PD-enabled devices’ speedy charging needs

This cable is rated for 3A and up to 60W charging, able to charge most USB-C mobile devices and laptops at fastest speeds.
US$ 6.99 from DIGSHOPAED 12.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB C 3A (60W) Nylon Braided Cable 3.3ft

Meet most PD-enabled devices’ speedy charging needs

This cable is rated for 3A and up to 60W charging, able to charge most USB-C mobile devices and laptops at fastest speeds.
US$ 7.99 from DIGSHOPAED 14.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB C 3A (60W) Nylon Braided Cable 6.6ft

Meet most PD-enabled devices’ speedy charging needs

This cable is rated for 3A and up to 60W charging, able to charge most USB-C mobile devices and laptops at fastest speeds.
US$ 8.99 from DIGSHOPAED 16.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Slim+Durable+Supports 60W PD fast charge+Compatible with most USB-C devices
Cons:
-Pill after a long-term use, but not obvious.

If you purely desire a USB-C cable that can deliver PD fast charge to your mobile devices and laptops, AENZR USB C to USB C 3A(60W) Nylon Braided Cable with Power Delivery is the way to go.

Charge most PD devices at fastest speed

Compared with the recommendations above, this AENZR USB C to USB C cable can support 3A as well. Both ends are USB-C ports, so it is capable of PD fast charge. It can deliver the top power draw of 60W, enough to charge most USB-C mobile devices and laptops at top speeds, such as Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20, Huawei Mate 10, Xiaomi MI 8, Xiaomi MI 6, Nintendo Switch, 12-inch MacBook, Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ASUS ZenBook 3, etc.

In charging test, we charged the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) via this cable and obtained 20.3V⎓2.93A (59.56W). That is to say, it can reach the promised maximum speed of 3A (60W), fast enough to charge most laptops, including the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) that can draw up to 87W max. When the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) is charging, we opened MSN, several office software, dozens of links in a browser window, and edited photo or video casually. After using for a while, the MacBook’s battery was still maintained at 100%. That means if you don’t run high power-consumption applications like gaming or video editing for a long time, 60W output power is enough to meet the charging need of MacBook Pro 15” in normal use, letting alone MacBook Pro 13” and other low-powered devices.

Testing charging speed

Meet your daily transfer needs

One thing you might see as a downside is that it only supports USB 2.0 data-transfer rates (up to 480 Mbps). But it’s not a dealbreaker as most smartphones on the market are compatible with only USB 2.0, so this cable still meets our daily transfer needs. That is also the reason why we think it fits smartphones.

AENZR vs. Anker. AENZR is more affordable.

Because of the nylon material, this AENZR USB C to USB C cable is slightly thicker than the PVC cables sharing the same parameter. However, for 1m (3.3ft) length, this cable measures only 3.6mm (0.14in) in diameter and its nylon material is soft enough. Besides, the connectors have reinforced necks with flexible plastic material covering to reduce damage from bending.  Regarding the jack and sheath connection points, we also bent it repeatedly. It performed well without any deformation or fray, which proved again that the nylon material is extremely durable. Compared with the Anker PowerLine+ C to C 2.0 cable that has always been the best seller with high ratings on Amazon, this AENZR USB C to USB C cable has a great mix of durability and flexibility at a good price — just for one thirds of Anker. For sure, that’s a real bargain.

Multiple lengths for different scenarios

It’s available in 3 lengths. You can choose as needed. The 1m (3.3ft) length is just right for most people in common use. No matter you tote it around or use indoors, it can fit well. The 0.3m (1ft) version is appropriate for power banks to charge your phones. This cable in 2m (6.6ft) length can accommodate most uses indoors. Even if the nearest outlet is out of reach, you still can charge your devices with ease.

Best cable for charging a MacBook Pro and other USB-C laptops up to 100W

Our Pick: AENZR USB C to USB C 5A (100W) Nylon Braided Cable

Our Pick

AENZR USB C to USB C 5A (100W) Nylon Braided Cable 3.3ft

Hitting the fastest charging speed of USB-C

It’s an incredible alternative of the USB-C laptop’s original cable. It supports 5A and up to 100W output, able to deliver full-speed charging for most USB-C laptops.
US$ 7.99 from DIGSHOPAED 19.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB C 5A (100W) Nylon Braided Cable 6.6ft

Hitting the fastest charging speed of USB-C

It’s an incredible alternative of the USB-C laptop’s original cable. It supports 5A and up to 100W output, able to deliver full-speed charging for most USB-C laptops.
US$ 8.99 from DIGSHOPAED 22.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Durable+Supports 100W PD fast charge+Compatible with most USB-C devices
Cons:
-Pill after a long-term use, but not obvious

Your original charging cable of the USB-C laptop may be damaged or lost, or you might want a more durable backup. If so, the AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable with E-Marker & Power Delivery is an optimal choice for you.

Charge all USB-C devices at full speed

This AENZR USB C to USB C cable supports up to 5A and can deliver the maximum output of 100W, already hitting the highest speeds that USB-C port and PD fast charge support. So it is capable of charging most USB-C devices at full speeds, such as Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20, Huawei Mate 10, Xiaomi MI 8, Xiaomi MI 6, Nintendo Switch, MacBook Pro 2016 and later, 12-inch MacBook, Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ASUS ZenBook 3, HP Spectre x360, etc.

 

 

During charging test, this cable charged MacBook Pro 15” (2016) at 20.3V⎓4.25A (86.57W), which is the existing fastest charging speed of MacBook Pro 15” (2016). While MacBook Pro 15” is one of the laptops that can max out the fastest charging speeds, this cable definitely can deliver full-speed charging to most laptops. And yep, it will become your perfect alternative of the original cable of your laptop.

Testing charging speed

USB 2.0 transfer

Like most laptops’ original charging cable on the market, this AENZR USB C to USB C cable supports only USB 2.0 standard, so it won’t handle large files transfer well. Thankfully, most smartphones on the market support USB 2.0, so this cable still meets our transfer needs.

More durable than the original cable of MacBook Pro 15”

The nylon jacket makes this cable — with 2m (6.6ft) in length and 4.2mm (0.16ft) in diameter — a bit thicker than the original cable (also 2m) of MacBook Pro 15”. However, this cable is still quite slim and flexible relative to its similar contenders. Additionally, its nylon material is much more durable than that TPE material covering on the original cable of MacBook Pro 15”. In our test, after twisting and bending again and again, the necks didn’t deform or come apart. Best of all, it just sells for one third of the one of MacBook Pro 15” So, we all think it a way better deal than the original cables.

AENZR (Left) & Apple (Right)

Also Great: AENZR USB C to USB C 5A(100W) TPE Cable

Budget Pick

AENZR USB C to USB C 5A(100W) TPE Cable 3.3ft

An alternative for MacBook’s original cable

Employing premium TPE material makes it more identical to the original cable of MacBook in durability and flexibility.
US$ 7.99 from DIGSHOPAED 18.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB C 5A(100W) TPE Cable 6.6ft

An alternative for MacBook’s original cable

Employing premium TPE material makes it more identical to the original cable of MacBook in durability and flexibility.
US$ 8.99 from DIGSHOPAED 21.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Durable+Flexible+Supports 100W PD fast charge+Compatible with all USB-C devices
Cons:
-Get dirty easily

Considering that you may dislike nylon cables and prefer a more flexible USB-C cable for your laptop, here we recommend AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 5A(100W) TPE Cable with E-Marker & Power Delivery for you. This cable, in fact, is the TPE version of AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable with E-Marker & Power Delivery (the above one). Their charging performance is totally the same, so this AENZR TPE cable can also support 5A of current and 100W of output power, which means it can deliver the fastest charging speed of USB PD to juice all USB-C devices.

Charge MacBook Pro 15” at full speed

In our test, this AENZR USB C to USB C TPE cable can charge MacBook Pro 15” (2016) at 20.3V⎓4.32A (87.82W), helping it draw the fastest speed. That is to say, this cable is able to deliver full-speed charging to all USB-C laptops.

Testing charging speed

USB 2.0 transfer

Also, this cable supports only USB 2.0, unfit for large files transfer. However, USB 2.0 is adequate to meet most smartphones’ transfer needs.

Compared with the original cable of MacBook Pro 15” (2016)

The cable jacket employs TPE material, making it more flexible than nylon cables. Meanwhile, it retains excellent durability. Even if we repeatedly bent its connection point, it didn’t deform or fray. Compared with the original cable of MacBook Pro 15” (2016), we found that they are similar, no matter in appearance, flexibility or durability. Plus, this AENZR USB C to USB C TPE cable is slimmer and softer than its nylon version above. The only catch is that it will be dirty easily as it uses white TPE material. But all right, you can simply wipe it with a clean cloth.

AENZR TPE cable (Left) & AENZR nylon cable (Middle) & Apple cable (Right)

Best cable for 60W&100W Charging and USB 3.1 Gen 2 date transfer

Our Pick: AENZR USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Cable

Our Pick

AENZR USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable 1ft

An incredibly perfect USB-C cable

It can handle up to 5A of current to charge all USB-C devices at full speeds and support USB 3.1 Gen 2 super fast data-transfer rates.
US$ 11.99 from DIGSHOPAED 34.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

AENZR USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable 3.3ft

An incredibly perfect USB-C cable

It can handle up to 5A of current to charge all USB-C devices at full speeds and support USB 3.1 Gen 2 super fast data-transfer rates.
US$ 12.99 from DIGSHOPAED 39.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Durable+Supports 100W PD fast charge+Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2 rapid transfer+Works with all USB-C devices
Cons:
-Pill after a long-term use, but not obvious-Slightly thick

Still struggling to find a replacement for your laptop’s original cable? Often transfer data between your SSD and laptop? Want the images on your laptop to get synced up on a USB-C display? Aha! This AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable with E-Marker & Power Delivery is the one out there.

The charging speed hits the cap of PD fast charge

This AENZR USB C to USB C cable is capable of 5A charging as well as up to 100W of output power that USB-C ports and PD fast charge support. It can deliver the fastest charging to all USB-C mobile devices and USB-C laptops, including Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20, Huawei Mate 10, Xiaomi MI 8, Xiaomi MI 6, Nintendo Switch, MacBook Pro 2016 and later, 12-inch MacBook, Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ASUS ZenBook 3, HP Spectre x360, etc.

In our charging test, this cable helps MacBook Pro 15” (2016) draw the fastest speed at 20.3V⎓4.25A (86.57W), fully proving that it features the most powerful charging performance on the market.

Testing charging speed

The data-transfer speed is 20 times of the USB 2.0.

Meanwhile, this AENZR USB C to USB C cable offers the USB 3.1 Gen 2 data syncing speed of up to 10Gbps, which is 20 times of the most common USB 2.0. The real-world data-transfer rates of USB 3.1 Gen 2 is around 6.4Gbps (~0.8GB/s). That is to say, this cable can not only transfer a 50GB 4K movie within 1 minute, but also support 4K video output. So you definitely can hook your laptop to a 4K display via this cable to make your laptop’s videos or audios sync up on the display.

Regarding data transfer, we measured the write and read speeds by connecting the Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD to the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) via this AENZR USB C to USB C cable, and we obtained 830.9MB/s and 871.2MB/s, respectively. Both achieved the fastest transfer rates of the Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD as well as the quickest real-world transfer speeds of USB 3.1 Gen 2. Such speeds are enough to move an 8G big file in 10 seconds and allow you to edit a 1080P or even 4K video directly on the external SSD.

To test the data-transfer speed

Definitely better than the original cable of MacBook Pro 15”

Compared with the original cable of MacBook Pro 15”, which is built on only USB 2.0, this AENZR USB C to USB C cable supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, up to 20 times faster than the former. That’s HUGE! Plus, with nylon exterior, it’s more durable even though it’s a bit thicker. In our repeated bending tests, the connection points didn’t deform or fray, proving that it’s ultra solid. Last but not least, it typically sells for about half the price of the one of MacBook Pro 15”. So this cable is extremely cost-effective and high-performance.

Best USB-C to Lightning cable

Our Pick: Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable

Our Pick

Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable 3.3ft

The only MFI-certified option available

Currently only it can 100% guarantee full-speed charging to the iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 plus and iPad Pro.
US$18.61 from Amazon USCA$39.99 from Amazon CA£19.00 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable 6.6ft

The only MFI-certified option available

Currently only it can 100% guarantee full-speed charging to the iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 plus and iPad Pro.
US$24.26 from Amazon USCA$65.99 from Amazon CA£34.97 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Slim+Flexible+Supports all Apple devices with Lightning ports
Cons:
-Expensive

Besides MacBook, Apple has released more and more PD-enabled mobile devices, such as iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Pro. Unlike most PD-enabled devices, Apple devices are built with their proprietary Lightning charging ports, but their original chargers and cables don’t support Power Delivery fast charging. Thus, if you want to charge your iPhone X at top speed, you need to buy a PD charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable.

The only alternative

There’s a large amount of USB-C to Lightning cables available on the market, though. Apple doesn’t currently license the MFI certificate of this kind of cable for the third party. So all the existing USB-C to Lightning cables from other brands are not MFI certified. Some of these non-MFI-licensed cables may be incompatible with your Apple devices. As a result, the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable is now the only option that can guarantee safety and compatibility, even though the price is substantially high.

Fast juice iOS devices

In our tests, when the iPhone X was charging via this Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable, it drew the maximum speed at 9.15V⎓2.03A (18.57W). And the iPad mini 4 was charging at 5.12V⎓2.42A (12.39W), also reaching its fastest charging speed. All in all, this cable can deliver full-speed charging to these PD-enabled Apple devices: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Pro. Even to juice other non-PD-enabled Apple devices equipped with Lightning ports, it still performs well, able to hit the fastest charging rates.

Testing charging speed

Meet the data-transfer need for iPhone

The Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable supports USB 2.0 standard, which exactly caters to the data-transfer needs for iPhone and iPad, because at present most Apple devices are capable of only USB 2.0 (except MacBook).

Products to avoid

When we wrote this guide, Apple hasn’t licensed the MFI certificate of USB-C to Lightning cables for the third party. So all the existing USB-C to Lightning cables from other brands are not MFI certified. We’ve tested a USB-C to Lightning cable from C-FORCE which is a prestigious brand. We were confident with it before testing, but the fact makes us disappointed. Indeed, it can quickly charge an iPhone X at 18W; however, it is unable to juice an iPad Pro. So, non-MFI-certified cables may be incompatible with Apple devices. We dissuade you from buying.

C-FORCE (left) & Apple (right)

The Rivalry

USB-C to USB-A 2.0 3A

(1) UGREEN USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: Although this cable utilizes PVC material, it’s way thicker than other same type of contenders or even some nylon-wrapped cables. Plus, its PVC material is way too hard, making it inflexible and inconvenient to use and organize.

(2) ASZUNE USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: The denim fabric jacket makes it a rare USB-C cable. It’s very flexible and comes with a small leather strap used to organize the cable. However, it costs higher than our pick AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable, so we ruled it out.

(3) ASZUNE USB C to USB A 2.0 3A TPE Cable: The cable shield is made of TPE material that is robust enough. We repeatedly bent and twisted its necks, and found it without obvious deformation, but we gave it up at last. A nylon-wrapped cable, after all, is more durable than a TPE one.

(4) ZMI USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: It comes with a unique design. Around the USB-C end, it has an LED ring that helps plug in your cellphone easily in the dark. Moreover, the magnets on both ends can keep your cable hanging on the edge of a desk or nightstand, making it easily accessible at any time. Unfortunately, among all testing models, it’s the most expensive, up to several times higher than other competitors.

(5) ESR USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: This cable is the thickest among all similar products we tested. Due to its thickness, it’s literally inconvenient to use and store. Worse still, the plug housings are way too bulky to plug in your cellphone if you keep a phone case on.

(6) GUSGU USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: It seems similar to our pick AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable from the exterior, but it’s no match for the AENZR in flexibility, and it costs significantly more.

(7) Xiaomi USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: It looks almost the same as ZMI USB 2.0 3A, as they are produced by the same manufacturer. This cable doesn’t have the LED ring and magnets, so it costs a bit less than the ZMI. But compared with other contenders we tested, it’s still relatively pricier.

(8) Momax USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: We were wowed by its low price as Momax is a well-known brand. When picking products, we hesitated between it and the AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable. We finally chose AENZR because it’s more flexible and slim.

(9) CELINK USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: It’s the slimmest among all USB-C cables we tested, but its PVC material is relatively hard, not that soft as our pick AENZR USB C to USB A 2.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable, and it’s much more expensive.

(10) RAVPower USB C to USB A 2.0 3A Cable: Made of nylon material, it’s very sturdy and durable, but it costs quite high. There’s no point paying extra for a USB 2.0 3A USB-C cable.

USB-C to USB-A 3.0 3A

(11) UGREEN USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable: It’s a well-built cable with fine PVC material, but it comes with fewer lengths for selection relative to our pick AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable, so we knocked it out finally.

(12) Anker PowerLine+ C to A 3.0 Nylon cable: This cable always sells well and has high ratings on Amazon. And rumor has it that it can be used to pull a car and won’t break. However, right off the bat our hearts sank when we saw the high price.

(13) Anker PowerLine USB C to USB A USB 3.0 3A cable: Its charging and syncing performance are similar to the Anker PowerLine+ C to A 3.0 Nylon cable, but it uses PVC material. We didn’t choose it because the high price made us hold back.

(14) CELINK USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable: Its PVC material is a bit hard and the line feels rugged. The main reason we weeded it out is that its appearance is unattractive and looks like a shoddy counterfeit.

(15) ESR USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable: It’s the thickest among all similar products we tested. Also, the nylon material is hard, making it inflexible to use. It sells for a crazy-high price without any extra features to justify the cost.

(16) USAMS USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable: In our data test, it performed poorly with write and read speeds of 418.6MB/s and 423.4MB/s, respectively. Both speeds are over 50MB/s lower than other competitors with the same specs. That literally let us down.

(17) BASEUS USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable: It’s hard and the nylon exterior feels rough and inferior. Holding it in hand feels very uncomfortable as if it would scratch you. It’s spendy, too.

(18) NEWHAIL USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable: It has a nice-feeling build quality and appearance design. It even comes with a carry pouch. However, the price is one of the highest among all tested models with the same specs.

(19) Aukey USB C to USB A 3.0 3A PVC Cable: It’s one of the thickest cables relative to others with the same specs. Its appearance is unattractive and looks shoddy.

(20) Aukey USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Nylon Cable: It sells for the highest price among all products with same specs we tested, while it’s inferior to our pick AENZR USB C to USB A 3.0 Nylon Braided 3A Charging Cable in terms of charging performance and build quality.

(21) RAVPower USB C to USB A 3.0 3A Cable: As a reputable brand, RAVPower sells its USB-C cable at a low enough price, but it’s bundling. In other words, you have to buy a 0.9m (3ft) cable together with a 1.8m (6ft) one at the same time. We don’t think that everyone has such a demand, so we dismissed it.

USB-C to USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 3A

(22) AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A Male 3.1 Gen 2 Cable: It did achieve USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds in our data test. However, USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB-C to USB-A cables also can do this, and they are more affordable. So we don’t recommend this AmazonBasics cable.

(23) Anker PowerLine II USB C to USB A 3.1 Gen 2 3A cable: It’s about double the price of Anker PowerLine USB C to USB A USB 3.0 3A cable, while the latter can reach USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds as well. Thus, you have no reason to pay extra for this cable.

USB-C to USB-C 2.0 3A

(24) ZMI USB C to USB C 2.0 3A(60W) Cable: This cable is slim. Meanwhile, the PVC jacket is sturdy and durable. The necks didn’t deform after repeated bending. Our complaint is that it just comes in one length — 1.5m (4.9ft) — for selection.

(25) Philips USB C to USB C 2.0 3A(60W) Cable: It’s as slim as ZMI USB 2.0 3A and has decent build quality, too. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most expensive among all same-specs models we tested, and it’s only available in 1m (3.3ft) length.

(26) RAVPower USB C to USB C 2.0 3A(60W) Cable: It sells almost the same as Philips USB 2.0 3A, both pricey. Only available in 2m (6.6ft), we think it can’t meet most people’s needs.

(27) Anker PowerLine+ C to C 2.0 cable: This cable has always maintained good selling and high ratings on Amazon. The nylon jacket is stiffer and hard-wearing. Flexible, too. But alas, the price is mind-boggling.

USB-C to USB-C 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) 3A

(28) UGREEN USB C to USB C 3.0(USB 3.1 Gen 1) 3A(60W) Cable: Its price is very close to our pick AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable, but its charging and syncing speeds are no match for the AENZR. So it isn’t worth buying.

(29) RAVPower USB C to USB C 3.0(USB 3.1 Gen 1) 3A(60W) Cable: This cable is also bundling-sale. It claims that it supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1). However, the write and read speeds went 36.4MB/s and 39.9MB/s, respectively, only reaching USB 2.0 speeds. This result is quite disappointing.

(30) NEWHAIL USB C to USB C 3.0(USB 3.1 Gen 1) 3A(60W) Cable: Its price is also very close to our pick AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable, but the latter supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, much faster than it. So we eliminated it.

(31) AmazonBasics USB USB-C to USB USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 Cable: We didn’t choose it mainly because it’s too thick and expensive.

(32) Benks USB C to USB C 3.0(USB 3.1 Gen 1) 3A(60W) Cable: It’s the slimmest among all contenders with same specs we tested. Also, the nylon material is nice and the price is reasonable. It could be our pick, but it offers much fewer lengths selection, only with 1m (3.3ft) length. Hence, we didn’t pick it.

USB-C to USB-C 2.0 5A

(33) CE-LINK USB C to USB C 2.0 5A(100W) Cable: Its nylon material is relatively hard, making it inflexible to use. Plus, it costs much more than our pick AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable.

(34) NEWHAIL USB C to USB C 2.0 5A(100W) Cable: Its price is similar to our pick AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable Besides, the nylon material and build quality are super nifty. But compare with AENZR, it has 1m (3.3ft) length for selection. So we prefer AENZR.

USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 5A

(35) Momax USB C to USB C 3.1 Gen 2 5A(100W) Cable: Its nylon material is very strong, durable as well as flexible compared with other similar competitors. It also includes a small strap, which is a bonus for a thick cable. However, it’s on the pricey side among all same-specs models we tested. Only offering 1m (3.3ft) length for selection, we excluded it.

(36) CELINK USB C to USB C 3.1 Gen 2 5A(100W) Cable: It utilizes super hard PVC material in exterior. Plus this type of cable is generally thick, so it’s way inconvenient to use. It comes in only 1m (3.3ft) length for selection, as well.

(37) Philips USB C to USB C 3.1 Gen 2 5A(100W) Cable: Its PVC material is flexible enough, and it’s well-built overall. But it costs substantially higher than our pick AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable. Also, only 1m (3.3ft) length available.

(38) NEWHAIL USB C to USB C 3.1 Gen 2 5A(100W) Cable: It’s almost twice the price of our pick AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable, and it can’t rival AENZR in build quality. So we don’t think it worth the high price.

(39) BASEUS USB C to USB C 3.1 Gen 2 5A(100W) Cable: Although its specs, material and build quality all meet our criteria, it costs the same as Philips USB 3.1 Gen 2 5A, also pricier than our pick AENZR USB-IF Certified USB C to USB C 3.1 GEN 2 5A(100W) Nylon Braided Cable. Only offering 1m (3.3ft) length, as well.

(40) Belkin USB C to USB C 3.1 Gen 2 5A(100W) Cable: To be honest, this cable is the best USB 3.1 Gen 2 + 5A USB-C cable we’ve seen. It’s as thick as other products with same specs, but more flexible. Additionally, its PVC material is amazingly durable. Even if you repeatedly bend it, it still performs well without any deformation. However, the crazy-high price may discourage you from buying it.

USB-C to Lightning

(41) C-FORCE USB-C to Lightning Nylon Cable: Although it’s non-MFI-certified, we were confident with it initially. But the test result proved that we were wrong. This cable can’t charge iPad Pro totally.

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  • Amatullah says:

    Sometimes I want a very short cable. One common use case is plugging a phone into a car for CarPlay or Android Auto. In those scenarios even a three foot cable means a lot of useless coiled cable. (Cars usually have USB A connections, so a short USB C to A cable would be nice, but I have a hard time finding a reliable one.) Any chance of reviews of short cables?

  • David says:

    Best C to Lightning cable ever I bought.. charge really fast. I loved it..

  • CGT says:

    I bought loads of cheap cables before and none of them could survive even a few months. That’s such a waste of money. So now I’ll choose something pricier. It must be durable and works like a charm. And I prefer a braided one, it looks nice.

  • Rick H. says:

    TAFIQ charges fast. I got the 0.8ft and 3.3ft versions. Cheap but great!

  • Nicholas says:

    These cables are awesome. I bought one, and it worked great! And I used a PD charger with it, it charges much faster than the normal. They worked perfectly together.

  • Jeronimous says:

    You guys are so thoughtful! Sometimes I want a very short cable. Long cable means a lot of useless coiled cable, so a short USB C cable would be nice.

  • adventurer says:

    They appear to be very well made and high quality material.

  • Sheila says:

    I like that the AENZR C to A nylon 3A cable comes with a built in Velcro tie. Quite convenient for storage..

  • Chloe says:

    I currently need a USB-C cable, but learning there are better products out there. Thanks for your help!

  • Luisa Esposito says:

    They look almost the same… How can I pick the best? LOL

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