The best Device Cables for travel

Updated 1 year ago

Some of you might be thinking: dafuq? Why would I need device cables outside the typical provided ones? Here's why: We use our devices a lot when traveling (must Instagram everything!!) so having high quality charging cables that can stand up to intense use and having the right one for each situation can be a big lifesaver. Low quality cables also limit how quickly your devices charge even if they're plugged into a powerful charger. These will help you plug in with confidence.


Combine these with a USB condom to make sure no one can hack your devices when plugging into public USB ports. We wrote that sentence mainly so we could combine "USB" and "condom." #whodathought

What we look for
  • Durable material so it lasts longer (high "bend" counts)
  • Certifications like MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad") to ensure quality
  • Power and data syncing so you can use it in all scenarios
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Anker PowerLine+ Cable (6ft)

Best overall device cable

Anker's heavy duty PowerLine+ cables are easily a must have for traveling because of how much abuse they can take. Or to borrow from our current hyperbolic political situation... Let me tell you, compared to normal cables, these are tremendous. Huge! Believe me, no cable beats them. Make Cables Great Again.

Seriously though, they're that good. We recommend the longer 6 ft length for convenience because who doesn't like using their phone in bed?

If you need extreme durability, Anker has a new PowerLine II series. However, in usage it's really stiff and annoying to pack up unlike the Powerline+ which uses a tangle free nylon material. For travel, the PowerLine+ is the better option.

Avantree Handy Keychain Short Lightning Cable

Best keychain cable when on the go

Really handy when traveling because you never know when you'll need to plug your phone somewhere. The open/close design of this keychain cable ensures it'll last longer vs. other keychain cables with their plugs exposed that wear down faster.

Skiva USBLink Duo 2-in-1 Cable

Combine Lightning and Micro USB for one less cable

If you have a lot of Lightning and Micro USB devices, get a combined cable like this one. It's always a win to pack less and have multiple items combined into one (unless you need to charge the devices at the same time). We like this one from Skiva because it's still MFi certified so you're not sacrificing quality by comining the two types of plugs and it uses more durable material than standard cables.

dodocool 3-in-1 Cable

Combine Lightning, Micro USB, and USB-C for two less cables

USB-C devices are starting to become more popular so 3-in-1 cables are now a thing (although don't we wish that wasn't necessary?). This one from dodocool is our favorite because it's still MFi certified so you're not sacrificing quality and also does both power and data, which is somewhat rare if you look at all the 3-in-1 options out there.

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