Score a smart cable that charges devices safely [Deals]

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This Lightning cable upgrade offers extra reach, overcharge protection, high speed charging and more.
This Lightning cable upgrade offers extra reach, overcharge protection, high speed charging and more.
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The standard Lightning cable comes with a number of shortcomings. It’s short in length, vulnerable to nicks or fraying, and can’t keep track of what its charging or when it’s done. This extra long smart cable offers an upgrade on all those fronts.

Scosche’s new USB-C to Lightning cable packs fast 1-2 punch

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Scosche StrikeLine
The Strike Line charging cable delivers power quickly.
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Scosche Industries unfurled its first line of USB-C to Lightning power cables, which will bring a 1-2 data-power punch to iPhones and iPads.

Pair the new StrikeLine cable with Scosche’s USB-C PowerVolt charger and get a fully charged iOS device three times faster than a regular charger.

Treat yourself to a Lightning cable that lasts [Deals]

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This Lightning cable is built tough, with 5 feet of length for extra flexibility and reach.
This Lightning cable is built tough, with 5 feet of length for extra flexibility and reach.
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Our mobile devices depend on a single cable for power and data. So it’s a drag that they’re so prone to break and fray. Instead of constantly replacing the standard Lightning cables from Cupertino, here’s your chance to snag one that’s built to stand the test of time.

This cheap Lightning-to-USB-C cable is better than Apple’s [Review]

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Anker PowerLine II USB-C Cable with Lightning Connector
There’s no reason to get Apple’s Lightning-to-USB-C cable when Anker’s is at least as good for less money.
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Anker is taking pre-orders for a Lightning-to-USB-C cable that costs much less than Apple’s version. We tested this new accessory to see how quickly it can charge an iPhone to be sure it’s a reasonable copy and not just a cheap knockoff.

Read on to see how well the Anker Powerline II USB-C cable stood up to our tests.

This unbreakable Lightning cable can lift an adult [Deals]

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With the ability to survive 30,000 bends, and cary 275 pounds, this is one tough Lightning cable.
With the ability to survive 30,000 bends, and cary 275 pounds, this is one tough Lightning cable.
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Apple’s soft white charging cables for iOS devices aren’t exactly known for being tough. In fact, they fray, break, and generally go kaput after just a few months. So this extra long, super tough Lightning cable is a welcome alternative.

There’s still time to score the best iPhone gear of 2018 [Deals]

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We've rounded up the best iPhone accessories of 2018, all available at massive discounts.
We've rounded up the best iPhone accessories of 2018, all available at massive discounts.
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There are just hours left in 2018, which could be good news or bad news depending on how you look at it. But one thing that’s definitely great is the opportunity to look back at the best gear of the year. So we’ve rounded up some of the best deals on accessories for iPhone, from wireless charging hubs to ultra durable charging cables, camera upgrades and more. Most are discounted by half or more, so read on for details:

Cheaper Lightning-to-USB-C cables launching sooner than expected

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Lightning cables that plug into USB-C ports charge your iPhone more quickly.
Lightning cables that plug into USB-C ports charge your iPhone more quickly.
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You could be able to get your hands on less expensive, but still MFi certified, Lightning-to-USB-C cables more quickly than first thought. Apple is allowing third-party manufacturers to produce these, and shipments could start in just a few months.

These cables allow iPhones and older iPads to charge far more quickly than Lightning-to-USB-A ones.