1. pkcable's Avatar
    Folks,

    Over the years, in an effort to find a good Apple Lightning cord, I have tried MANY cords. As many of us know, the original cord, that comes with our devices, wears out quickly. While initially I liked and was using an Amazon Basics lightning cord, a recent design change has made them less reliable.

    Well I think I have found the perfect lightning cord from Aukey. I already know the Aukey brand, and have been using their power products for years. (Hubs, chargers, external batteries, etc), BUT I just discovered their lightning cables.

    The cable has a great design. It's made from braided nylon, and the ends are reinforced with strong metal. The ends are also on a 90 degree angle, and this makes them plug in easier, has enhanced stability, AND make the device (especially an iPad) much easier to use with the cord plugged in. I had no issues with cord use, as is SOMETIMES the case with 3rd party cords. I did not receive the dreaded "This Cable is Not Certified and May Not Work Reliably" message.

    I can definitely recommend this lightning cable! You'll find it at Amazon....

    https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Lightni...mUvbUpU3099624
    Annie_8plus and BrindawithanI like this.
    10-16-2018 10:01 AM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    Here's a couple pictures....

    The perfect Lightning Cord?-img_20181012_173524.jpg

    The perfect Lightning Cord?-img_20181012_173635.jpg
    kataran and Annie_8plus like this.
    10-16-2018 10:20 AM
  3. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    They look really great! Thanks for sharing!
    pkcable likes this.
    10-16-2018 11:05 AM
  4. Tartarus's Avatar
    Those connectors, on both ends, look unpractical for my use case.
    10-16-2018 11:33 AM
  5. pkcable's Avatar
    Those connectors, on both ends, look unpractical for me.
    As a practical matter for me, they work well. I often use my iPad in the upright, or vertical position, when reading magazines for example OR playing a certain game. (ok it's Clash Royale and I'm totally addicted). With this cord it's MUCH less in the way. Also I feel the cord forms a more stable connection to the device. I wasn't convinced either UNTIL I started using it.
    Tartarus likes this.
    10-16-2018 11:38 AM
  6. Quis89's Avatar
    Those look pretty tough. May have to give one a shot.
    10-16-2018 11:39 AM
  7. Quis89's Avatar
    As a practical matter for me, they work well. I often use my iPad in the upright, or vertical position, when reading magazines for example OR playing a certain game. (ok it's Clash Royale and I'm totally addicted). With this cord it's MUCH less in the way. Also I feel the cord forms a more stable connection to the device. I wasn't convinced either UNTIL I started using it.
    I like that about them. They don't seem like they're annoying if you're using your phone while charging.
    10-16-2018 11:39 AM
  8. kataran's Avatar
    Those connectors, on both ends, look unpractical for my use case.
    Same thing I was thinking.

    Looks like a tough fit with a bulky case
    Tartarus and nikkisharif like this.
    10-16-2018 01:30 PM
  9. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    I'm revisiting this thread since it's been a few months... @pkcable how are they holding up? I'm really wanting to get some braided cables for our vehicles. I think braided cables will have much less wear and tear.
    03-19-2019 03:09 PM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I'm revisiting this thread since it's been a few months... @pkcable how are they holding up? I'm really wanting to get some braided cables for our vehicles. I think braided cables will have much less wear and tear.
    In my experience, braided cables do last longer on the outside. But the wires inside will still break and cause connection issues. Some are better than others. I get the Anker Powerline + ll. They come with a lifetime warranty.
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    03-19-2019 04:52 PM
  11. pkcable's Avatar
    I'm revisiting this thread since it's been a few months... @pkcable how are they holding up? I'm really wanting to get some braided cables for our vehicles. I think braided cables will have much less wear and tear.
    So far so good! No issues. I use the cords pretty much daily.
    03-20-2019 08:15 AM
  12. SupNorm's Avatar
    I went through a bunch of non-Apple lightning cords over the years, all of them failed sooner than later. It usually started with losing connection so I'd turn the plug 180° or wiggle the connector, then after a while that wouldn't work either. I think the problem is, most of these plugs don't have raised connector stripes like Apple cables do and they wear out — but I'm not so sure.

    I got two Baseus cables two months ago on a recommendation, they're available very cheap via Aliexpress or still reasonably cheap on Amazon. The Kevlar 2.4A one is my favourite, feels very sturdy and hasn't failed me yet.

    I also heard good things about Anker cables.
    03-27-2019 11:59 AM
  13. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Belkin makes a fantastic cable, however, they only make it in 4’ and I need 10’ most of the time. So for 10’ I’ve been using Native Union braided cables. I had one fail on me, it took about 3 years though.
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    03-27-2019 12:33 PM
  14. pkcable's Avatar
    I rank Aukey about the same as Anker, both are quality Chinese manufacturers. I also like Amazon Basic cords.
    03-27-2019 02:00 PM
  15. Wotchered's Avatar
    Anker braided cover seem best to me,I think I’m Ok till Apple changes the connector again !
    03-28-2019 08:11 AM
  16. pkcable's Avatar
    Anker braided cover seem best to me,I think I’m Ok till Apple changes the connector again !
    What REALLY sucks in my opinion are Apple's own cables, you are lucky to get 6 months to a year out of them! I would go Anker, Aukey or Amazon Basics over Apple's OEM cables!
    Wotchered likes this.
    03-28-2019 12:55 PM
  17. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    What REALLY sucks in my opinion are Apple's own cables, you are lucky to get 6 months to a year out of them! I would go Anker, Aukey or Amazon Basics over Apple's OEM cables!
    The first Apple cable that came with my 6s Plus lasted about 3 or 4 months. Applecare replaced it with one that was better. It lasted a little over a year. They weren't the same, as I could tell a difference in the replacement as soon as I got it.
    03-28-2019 01:41 PM
  18. McGyver98N's Avatar
    I must be doing something different, because I have lightning cables that came with my 5S and iPad mini 2 that still work great, no damage! The secret is no deep bending.
    03-29-2019 04:05 AM
  19. Wotchered's Avatar
    What REALLY sucks in my opinion are Apple's own cables, you are lucky to get 6 months to a year out of them! I would go Anker, Aukey or Amazon Basics over Apple's OEM cables!
    A fine example of designed obsolescence, perhaps !
    03-29-2019 05:11 AM
  20. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I must be doing something different, because I have lightning cables that came with my 5S and iPad mini 2 that still work great, no damage! The secret is no deep bending.
    Using the phone a lot while charging is what wears mine out.
    03-29-2019 09:02 AM
  21. McGyver98N's Avatar
    Using the phone a lot while charging is what wears mine out.
    I use mine too while I charge, especially at night with my insomnia, and no issues ever.
    03-29-2019 10:58 AM
  22. McGyver98N's Avatar
    On some of my old ones, I've reinforced them with white electrical tape around the top and bottom (two wraps) as extra support. Helps too.
    03-29-2019 10:59 AM
  23. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    On some of my old ones, I've reinforced them with white electrical tape around the top and bottom (two wraps) as extra support. Helps too.
    That's a great tip!
    03-29-2019 11:35 AM
  24. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    On some of my old ones, I've reinforced them with white electrical tape around the top and bottom (two wraps) as extra support. Helps too.
    I do this on new cables, so they don't bend as much. Seems to work well.
    03-29-2019 12:31 PM
  25. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I use mine too while I charge, especially at night with my insomnia, and no issues ever.
    Don't know how you do it. My Apple cables always fray and tear up in a short time. The Anker Powerline + ll are holding up much better.
    03-29-2019 12:37 PM
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