In search of the most durable iPhone cable

How many iPhone charging cables do you burn through in a year? Two? Three? Or have you just lost track because you purchase a generic 6-pack from Amazon every 6 months, and maybe a few of those are still working? Or maybe you’re the type that only buys iPhone cables from the Apple Store. Well, my friend, I’ve done ’em all. And frankly, I’m convinced that short of DOA (dead on arrival), all cables that work the day that you open them are equally doomed to fail — 30 days after the warranty ends.

I’ve tried “genuine” Apple cables (from the store) — and every one of them has failed at various intervals. The upside is if you take it back to the store (make sure it’s the genuine article), they’ll supposedly replace it. I wouldn’t know, because, I’ve never wasted/invested the time to go back to the store and ask for a swap.

I’ve bought the 3-pack of pseudo-brand (generic)  “MFI certified” cables from Amazon — and every one of them has eventually failed as well. I won’t name names, because honestly, I couldn’t tell you which of them failed faster, but I have tried iXCC, TeckNet, TrustedCables, etc. And damn it, they’ve all gone bad. NOTE: I call bullshit on “MFI certified” — I mean, who verifies this certification? Might as well be tagged “organic” or “gluten free” — I think it’s meaningless.

The AmazonBasics Lightning Cable, by far, has been the best performer. Looking back at my order history, I have purchased this cable on average once per year. It’s decreased in cost by a dollar each year, and as of this post, it’s $6.49. Good gracious. The corner gas station charges double that. The Apple Store, $19. The Sprint Store, $29 (seriously). Amazon stands behind their cable with a 1-year warranty.

PRO TIP: If your cable starts acting wonky — requiring you to do the flip-and-pray — order another, and file an RMA (return) on the wonky one before your warranty runs out. Returning things to Amazon is a breeze. Just recycle the packaging from the new cable when it arrives.