The Best USB-C Cables You Can Buy

Here are the best USB-C cables fro your newer gadgets.
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USB-C cables are the new standard for charging laptops and mobile devices, not to mention their capabilities for data and video. But they’re not all created equal, and getting the right cable is crucial to the application. Here are the best options available.

The Best Overall Cable: Anker PowerLine II+

Anker's Powerline series has excellent performance and value.
Anker’s Powerline series has excellent performance and value. Anker

For general purposes, we recommend Anker’s excellent PowerLine II+ series. These cables are braided to prevent breaks and the connections use high-quality plastic. They can handle high-power connections for charging laptops or rapid chargers on phones with equal ease. Six feet should handle all of your charging needs at standard desktops. As a nice bonus, they come in red or black. These cables are available in both C-to-C and A-to-C (for connection with the older rectangular USB standard).

The Best “Tough” Cable: Belkin MIXIT DuraTek

This cable from Belkin has a reinforced braided sleeve and a metal connector.
This cable from Belkin has a reinforced braided sleeve and a metal connector. Belkin

If you need a cable that can take a bit of a beating, Belkin is happy to oblige. This C-to-C cable has a double-braided length, so it won’t wear out when bent or coiled, and the connection heads are reinforced with metal. It should be enough to protect it from anything the interior of your laptop bag can dish out, if not dedicated chewing from a toddler or pet. The cables are pricier than alternatives at the same length, but worth it if you need something that can go the distance.

The Best Travel Cable: DockCase USB C-to-C

This short, flat cable is perfect for bags with limited space.
This short, flat cable is perfect for bags with limited space. DockCase

For those who value space above all else, this tiny, inexpensive cable is ideal. At under a foot long with a flat rubberized length, it’s perfect for throwing in a pocket or carry-on bag for emergency charges. Despite being so small, it’s rated for maximum USB 3.1 speeds, 4K video, and charging at up to a hundred watts. Just make sure not to leave it behind—it’s so small you might not notice it on a hotel nightstand.

The Best Budget Cable: AmazonBasics

Amazon's house brand of cables aren't fancy, but they'll get the job done and come with bulk discounts.
Amazon’s house brand of cables aren’t fancy, but they’ll get the job done and come with bulk discounts. Amazon

Thousands of vendors are willing to sell you a USB-C cable on the cheap, but going for the least expensive option may not be a good idea, especially if you’re charging a laptop or smartphone with it. Budget-conscious shoppers would do well to buy directly from Amazon. The “AmazonBasics” line offers standard cables for as little as $7, with extra-long options and discounts for buying in multi-packs. These cables aren’t fancy, but they’re USB-IF certified. Go for the 2.0 versions if you don’t need hyper-fast data; 3.1 options are also available on the site.

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