The Best USB-C Cables for 2021

USB-C is the port of the future. We’re seeing more and more devices changing to the new standard, and it’s now almost impossible to find an Android phone above $300 that’s not using it. Why are so many phones making the switch to the new USB-C? Simply put, it allows for faster charging and data transfer speeds, and, most importantly, you can insert the cable either way up. That’s right, no more awkwardly rotating the cable to jiggle it into your phone’s port. Best of all, it can be used for phones, tablets, power banks, and even laptops — so all you’ll need is a single cable.

But not every USB-C cable is created equal, and you want something durable and dependable if you’re going to rely on it for multiple devices. This list compares the best options that will meet your needs for length, power output, and reliability. Here are some of the best USB-C cables for 2020.

Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable
  • Quick charge: Limited to 2.4A
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty

You can use this cable to connect a new device with a USB-C port to a charger or computer with a standard USB port. This is a durable cable that you can rely on, with a double-braided nylon exterior and an aramid fiber core. The connectors also have reinforced necks to reduce damage from bending, and this cable won’t tangle or get knotted. It syncs data at up to 5Gbps and can hit the maximum charging speeds for most smartphones. It comes with a neat carry pouch that has a Velcro strap to help you keep any excess cable out of the way. There’s a 6-foot version as well.

Anker also offers an excellent USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable for $7, which supports fast charging and syncing speeds up to 480Mbps. You can also get a USB-C to USB-C Powerline cable.

Google USB-C to USB-C Cable

Google USB-C to USB-C Cable
  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 6 to 12 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months

Google offers a no-frills cable that’s a little more expensive than some of the others on the list at $20. It has reinforced, rubbery plugs with tapered necks. It can deliver up to 60W at 3A, so fast charging won’t be a problem. Data sync speeds are USB 2.0, so you’ll get up to 480Mbps.

This specific offering is a USB-C to USB-C cable, but the same price will net you a USB-C to USB-A cable if that’s what you need. Charging speeds will vary depending on your device and charger, but it supports USB 3.1 for data transfers up to 10Gbps.

Aukey USB-C to USB-C Right Angle Cable 2-Pack

  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 3.3 to 6.6 feet
  • Warranty: N/A

This Aukey cable sports an incredible design, with a tough braided cable and a right-angle connector that’s perfect for charging phones and other small devices without getting in the way or risking cord damage. It supports 60W fast charging and data speeds up to 480Mbps.

The cable also includes a TPE inner casing under the braid that’s designed to provide heat protection and protect against electrical interference. Keep in mind this is a two-pack version, which is handy if you are upgrading multiple accessories/phones and need a couple of USB-C cables to keep up. While we like the 6-foot version, there’s also a 3-foot option if you want a shorter one.

Apple USB-C Cable

  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 3.3 feet and 6.6 feet
  • Warranty: 12 months

Manufactured by the tech giant itself, the Apple USB-C cable is ideal for those looking to sync data or simply charge their MacBooks and iPads. The cable features Apple’s iconic clean, white design, with a sturdy rubberized material to reduce internal damage. It delivers up to 5A and fast charge up to 100W with a capable charger. While it’s available in a shorter 3.3-foot length, we recommend the 6.6-foot version, as you’ll have the flexibility of connecting your devices without moving closer to your outlet.

Jsaux USB-A to USB-C Cable

  • Quick charge: Yes
  • Length: 3.3 feet to 10 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months

Priced just under $10 for a pack of two, the Jsaux USB-A to USB-C cable is a bang-for-your-buck accessory. The cable is wrapped with braided nylon material, but the added durability doesn’t stop there. It also features a rubberized cable guard on each end to prevent damage from bending. While this won’t be able to pump out the 5A speeds of a typical USB-C power delivery charger, it’s still compatible with 18W USB-A chargers. The Jsaux cable boasts up to 480Mbps for data transferring, and it’s available in a variety of colors.

Moshi Integra USB-C Cable