If you prefer a shorter cable, the 3-foot version of this cable is slim and compact, and it can coil up small to fit in a pocket or purse. Likewise, the 6-foot version is well suited for carrying in a backpack or briefcase, or for staying put in a desktop or bedside charging setup.
This cable is available in a variety of lengths, making it convenient for a variety of needs. The 1-foot version and the 3-foot version are small and compact enough to pack up and take with you. The 6-foot version is a good length to reach from a wall outlet to a desk, bedside table, or kitchen countertop without adding unnecessary clutter. And our favorite of the bunch, the 10-foot version, adds even more length to accommodate hard-to-reach outlets.
Who should get this: Someone who wants a Lightning cable with a 90-degree plug to create a more streamlined look or to put minimal strain on the cable housing while the iPhone is propped up (for movie watching or video chats, for instance).
Who should get this: Someone who wants a super-short cable to connect two small devices (one with a USB-A port, and the other with a Lightning port) that are placed side by side or stacked atop one another.
To learn more about recycling electronic waste (e-waste), we interviewed the following experts: Joe Day, commercial manager of the Midwest and Northeast regions for Li-Cycle and former director of global business development at TerraCycle Regulated Waste; Linda Gabor, executive vice president of external relations at Call2Recycle; and Leo Raudys, president and CEO of Call2Recycle. For past versions of this guide, we also consulted with Lee Johnson, a former NASA electrical engineer, to better understand the inner workings of charging cables.
Wielding these criteria like a machete, we hacked through thickets of cable options, cultivating a list of 69 models to test from a variety of brands, including Amazon Basics, Anker, Apple, Belkin, Fuse Chicken, Kanex, Monoprice, Nomad, Paracable, RAVPower, and Tripp Lite.
Lastly, some cables come with an accessory (such as a hook-and-loop cable tie to keep it neatly coiled) or have a standout feature (such as a small light to let you know when your device is charging). In these cases, we tried to judge whether the accessory or feature significantly improved our overall charging experience.
If our favorite cloth-covered Lightning cable for USB-A ports is unavailable: The Belkin BoostCharge Braided Lightning to USB-A Cable (which comes in 3.3-foot, 6.6-foot, and 9.8-foot versions) is a good option. It has a shorter warranty than our pick (two years versus five), but its braided-nylon sheath is nearly as slim, flexible, and rugged. It also costs less and comes in two colors (black and white) instead of one.
We also advise loosely wrapping cables, rather than folding or otherwise aggressively bending them. Tight coils and folds can damage the metal wires inside the cable, causing it to work improperly or not at all. The hook-and-loop (that is, Velcro) fasteners that some companies toss in with their cables (including many of our picks) are useful for this purpose since they allow a loosely coiled cable to hold its shape for compact storage. We have more tips for safely storing cables in our guides to the best bag and cable organizers and the best gear for organizing your desk.
Eventually, though, even the sturdiest and most scrupulously cared-for charging cables will reach their end of days. When that happens, the best thing to do is recycle them. Since recycling facilities salvage usable components from old electronics, rather than mining and manufacturing the materials needed to make new ones, this simple action can help conserve natural resources, reduce emissions, and avoid polluting soil and water systems.
The Amazon Basics Lightning to USB-A Cable (6 feet) used to be a budget pick in this guide, but a CNN investigation found that it and numerous other Amazon Basics products are prone to explode, catch on fire, or begin smoking, melting, or causing electrical malfunctions. After evaluating Amazon customer reviews of this cable and similar models (including our pick in this category), we no longer recommend this cable due to a high percentage of reports related to fire, heat, and melting.
In a previous round of testing, in 2019, we found that the double-braided nylon encasing the Anker PowerLine+ II USB-A to Lightning Cable (available in 1-foot, 3-foot, 6-foot, and 10-foot lengths) failed to enhance the experience of using its rubber-encased counterparts. Since these cables cost a few dollars more than our pick in this category, and since this material is known to wear down or snag (like a sweater) after extended use, we decided not to test them again.
The housings on the Monoprice USB-A to Lightning, Micro-USB, USB-C Cable (3 feet) are smaller than those of our pick, and as a result we found them less comfortable to grasp when we were plugging and unplugging. Also, the tethers that attach the metal connectors to the body of the cable are thinner and flimsier.
The two-year warranty on the Tripp Lite Safe-IT Universal Cable (4 feet) is shorter than the lifetime warranty on our pick in this category, and unlike that cable it comes exclusively in white. Also, while the housings on the USB-A and Micro-USB ends of this cable are solidly built and comfortable to hold, its Lightning and USB-C attachments are smaller and have a less ergonomic shape.
Guitar cables are unbalanced, which means they're very prone to outside interference and microphonic noise. It's partly why we recommend getting good quality cables, particularly where a complex pedalboard is in use.
Guitar leads are mono, sending one copy of your signal along it's length. Because they only send one signal, they pick extraneous noise along the way. A balanced cable sends two copies of your signal, with one inverted to cancel out the noise it picks up along the way.
Unfortunately as guitar players, we cannot use balanced cables as they are typically incompatible with the inputs on our guitar amplifiers. Our amps require a TS connector to work, whereas balanced cables carry a TRS connector.
You'd usually find balanced cables in use with other type of gear like synthesizers, studio monitors, PA systems, microphones, and many more. They're also recommended where you have a cable run of more than 25-feet.
This is a difficult one to answer because any component in your signal chain can cause buzz. Even electrical items around your setup can potentially cause buzzing, so while we wouldn't automatically point towards a guitar cable as the source of buzz - it might well be causing the issue.
The best way to detect the source of noise is to test each component individually. It takes time, but is pretty much the only way you'll get to the bottom of any unwanted noise. You may also need to section things off, as buzzing can build up over the course of a couple of pedals or cables.
Schools and even groups like Boy Scouts of America have STEM programs or projects that often use older technology. Make a few phone calls to nearby troops or high schools to see if they are in need of some older cables or wires. They very well may not be so outdated for educational purposes.
One of the easiest ways to recycle any old electronics, including cables and chargers, is through Best Buy. Every Best Buy location in the US has a kiosk for recycling just inside the door. According to their site, they accept \"rechargeable batteries, wires, cords, cables and plastic bags,\" as well as a host of electronic devices. Check its website to see if Best Buy will accept what you're trying to recycle.
You can also consider doing what Instructables user brucedamoose16 did. He clipped off the ends of an old D-sub cable and stripped the wire of its sheathing. This provided over 200 feet (61 meters) of color-coded hookup wire and he used the braided shield wire as desoldering braid.
Not everyone upgrades computers or other electronics as quickly as you do. Before discarding a giant collection of cables, make sure to ask your friends and family members if they might be able to use them.
And when it finally did recognize the cable, it would randomly disconnect and stop working that that USB port. The only way I found around it was to switch the Real Tone Cable to another USB port and hope for the best.
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