(Pocket-lint) - Finding the best USB-C charging cable for your devices is essential, given that most of the top smartphones, tablets and laptops now feature the port as their power source.
The Type-C standard has rapidly taken over from Micro-USB in recent years, offering a more user-friendly design while also delivering faster data transfer and charging speeds.
However, not all of these newfangled cables are the same. You'll find that some come in packs, allowing you to keep spares at work, in the car or dotted around the house, and there's often a big variation in cable length.
It's also worth keeping in mind that these third-party options will almost always provide a more durable design than your out-the-box cable, and also feature a USB-A fitting on the other end to match your charging brick, too.
We've tested a whole range of these cables, working out which are made to the highest quality, which can be relied on to charge your devices quickly, and considering things like price and length of cable to work out where the best value can be found.
Below, we've highlighted some of the best to help you stay powered for longer.
Best USB-C Cable: Our Top Pick
Anker USB-C Cable
- Great quality
- Reliable manufacturer
- Could be more flexible
If you want a reliable two-pack of the same length, Anker's 6-foot nylon braided cables are a solid choice.
The USB-C leads bring a braided nylon design to the fore, offering fast charging capabilities (with a supported plug) and data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps.
This pair can feel a little rigid at times, but it should be able to hold up for thousands of bends, making them a great, long-lasting replacement for your standard cable.
More USB-C cables we recommend
Here are four more USB-C cable packages to consider picking up.
JSAUX USB-C Cable
- Easy way to double up
- Better picks on offer for varying lengths
Ideal for those who just want two cables that they can go between, JSAUX provides a 6.6ft USB-A to USB-C pair.
The nylon braiding on the lead ensures it remains durable, with the company suggesting it can withstand around 15,000+ bends.
It can also transfer data up to 640Mbps, though just note you will need a compatible charging brick to take advantage of speedier charging standards.
SmallElectric USB-C Cable
- Unquestionable value
- Good lengths
- Won't be the most durable options
For the person who never quite has a charging cable nearby, this borderline-unnecessary five-pack is the answer to your wishes.
The 6-feet cable length (featured on all the cables) means you'll rarely be trying to reach a wall outlet, and the braided nylon design should ensure the lead remains free from any damage up to roughly 12,000 bends.
For the outlay, this is a solid package. There's certainly more durable, faster options on the market, but picking up five of them is going to set you back considerably.
Raviad USB-C Cable
- Another solid bit of value
- Useful range of sizes
- You might not use shorter cables
Raviad's affordable four-pack is a great way to ensure you have a backup in your pocket and still have a fixed charging point at home, in the car and at work.
The braided nylon lead can withstand 8,000+ bends, with all coming in a different size - 0.5-meters, 1-meter, 2-meter and 3-meter.
This is ideal for picking and choosing exactly which fits best in your charging setup and can also negate the need for cable ties or overstretching.
Gritin USB-C Cable
- Size options
- Nicely braided
- Pretty generic-looking
Like other options, Gritin lets you match the cable length to the charging point, with its three cables all coming in different sizes.
Whether you want 1-meter, 1.5-meter or 2-meter cables to fit around your home, office or car, these are reliable and available for a very reasonable asking price.
If you want to be able to distinguish between the three a bit more easily, you can also pick up the set in a red-blue-green finish, not just grey.
Other products we considered
When initially putting together this list of the best USB-C cables on the market, we spent hours compiling the very top options. We always consider a number of factors when it comes to recommending accessories like these - and apply the same criteria when a new option is being considered for inclusion. It's not all judged on our testing, either. Especially with peripheral items like cables, we also heavily factor in consumer reviews and value.
In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.
How to choose a USB-C cable
A charging or transfer cable might not seem like the most significant purchase of your life, but buying the wrong one will have you coming back for a replacement really quickly, so it's worth getting right. Here are some things to consider:
How long should your USB-C be?
First up, a key question is the length of your desired cable. If you've got a specific power socket in mind, you'll probably know how much slack you need from your cable, and if you don't, you should find out. This will help you decide whether you need a shorter cable or a 10-foot monster.
What type of USB-C cable is best for you?
We're talking about the coating that surrounds your charging cable here - the most popular sort of third-party finish at the moment is braided, a fabric finish that resists tangling pretty nicely. This might not be everyone's taste, though, so it could be worth checking out other options.
How many USB-C cables do you need?
As you'll have noticed from our picks, many third-party manufacturers sell their cables in multipacks that give you pretty impressive value. If you're only short one cable that might not be too impactful for you, but, if you've got a home full of gadgets that need charging, or want spares, a multipack could be the perfect solution.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
That means checking out exactly how long the cables on offer are, how durable they are and how they hold up to actual use. It also means assessing what level of power they can leverage, and how quickly they can manage transfers of data.
Plus, value is a major consideration for something as essential as a cable - with multipacks on offer there's a lot of variance in terms of what you can get for a fairly similar price from different manufacturers.
We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details in our buyer's guides - particularly when it comes to USB-C cables. We just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use.
Our verdicts are concise, but this is in the interest of brevity - rest assured all the things on this list have been fully tested. You can also check out our reviews section for more in-depth coverage of all the top devices.
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