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.
- Prefer even longer? There's a 10 ft version
- Article: How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game
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.