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Apple charges $25 for a 3-foot Lightning cable to charge your iPhone or iPad, or to connect them to a computer. Twenty… five… dollars. We don’t know exactly how much Apple’s little white Lightning to USB cables cost to make, but we would wager that it’s somewhere in the ballpark of 5% to 10% of that selling price. Apple’s cables are nice and all, but that’s a heck of a markup for something as simple as a cable.

Here’s another option: Pick up a 3- foot AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable for $6.49 instead.

Some key details:

  • Apple MFi certified charging and syncing cable for your Apple devices
  • Apple MFi certification ensures complete charge and sync compatibility with iPhone 6s Plus / 6s / 6 Plus / 6 / 5s / 5c / 5 / iPad Pro / iPad Air / Air 2 / iPad mini / mini 2 / mini 4 / iPad 4th gen / iPod Touch 5th gen / iPod nano 7th gen and Beats Pill+
  • Connects to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with Lightning Connector and charges/syncs by connecting the USB connector into your wall charger or computer
  • Compact Lightning Connector head works with nearly all cases
  • An additional layer of protection has been added to the Lightning and USB ends to improve durability and reduce fraying; Cables have been tested to bend 95-degrees 4,000 times
  • Backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty

Want a longer cable? The 6-foot version of this highly rated Lightning cable costs just $7.99.


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