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Charging cables provided with iPhones, iPads and other Apple products invariably suffer from wear and tear, splitting and fraying, and are often nowhere near long enough either. But long, strong charging cables, compatible with most Apple devices are a low-cost way to simplify many of your power needs. Here’s what to look for.



Nobody wants their movements to be limited by a short cable, unable to use a device that’s powering up across the room. Look for cables with lengths of a metre or more—some are almost two metres long—but before buying, check they are compatible with all of your required devices too.



Some charging cables are quicker than others, thanks to using the original 8-pin connector and Apple’s original C48 terminal and smart chip. If speed is important to you, look for cords with lightning speeds and full compatibility.



Carried around in bags and pockets, nibbled by pets, the charging cables provided with devices are prone to breaking and splitting. When investing in a new cable, look for durable models with reinforced, protected cords that resist breaking when bent or put under strain. Many come with warranties from a year to a lifetime.