Apple’s entire Mac range and the latest iPad Pro models have USB-C ports, and the MacBooks offer nothing else. This means that you need a USB-C to Lightning cable or adapter to charge or sync an iPhone with those devices.
But chances are if you’re been looking for third-party MFI-certified USB-C to Lightning connectors, you’re starved for choice. Apple’s MFI certification ensures that the cable can delivery high capacity PD charging – which is typically much higher than the 12W that goes through your average USB-A cable.
Third-party vendors also need to source MFI-certified Lightning connectors straight from Apple, which the company isn’t providing at the moment.
That said, 2019 should be a big year for third-party USB-C to Lightning connectors. Three of the top phone accessory and power brands are slated to release MFI certified connectors soon.
You can expect cables from Anker, which is already available to pre-order in the US (see below). Belkin will also be releasing its MFI certified connectors called “Boost Up”, as will Griffin.
Griffin’s cables are expected to come in two flavours: premium, which will be 6ft in length, and standard which will be available in 5ft and 4ft lengths. The Premium cables are to be braided as well.
We will be updating this article as more cables become available, so stay tuned. Also see our round up of the best USB C adapters, chargers, hubs socks and more for MacBook.
Apple Lightning to USB-C Cable
Of course the best place to get a USB-C to Lighning cable is from Apple itself. You can find it in two sizes and two prices, respectively. The 1m cable costs £19/US$19, while the 2m length costs £35/$35.
The cable is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod devices and can be used with Apple 29W, 30W, 61W, or 87W USB-C power adapters.
Anker Powerline II USB-C to Lightning
Anker is a brand that’s quickly gained a strong reputation for its high quality charging products and cables. Soon to join its offerings will be the much-awaited, MFI certified, USB-C to Lightning connector – which will be the first of the sort for the company.
The PowerLine II is 3 feet long and promises ultra durability – it should be able to survive being bent over 12,000 times. It’s even backed with a lifetime warranty.
You can pre-order it now in the US for $15.99 and shipping will start late February 2019.
Hunda Lightning to Type-C Braided Cable
The Hunda Lighting to USB-C cable is one of the few non-certified USB-C to Lightning cables out there (though it’s available in the UK only). While we haven’t tried it for ourselves and would rather wait on the release from Anker, Belkin or Griffin, it’s an option if you’re really looking for an immediate alternative to Apple’s.
The Hunda cable promises to charge at up to 2.4A speeds and, when used for syncing, can transfer up to 480Mbps. With a braided nylon exterior, the cable offers durability, which is good news if you’re prone to fraying your connectors. You do get a two year warranty if you run into any issues.
UGreen PD Fast Charging USB-C to Lightning Cable
Ugreen’s fast charging cable undercuts its competitors by offering the 1m cable for just $13.99 (£11.99). The white finish should complement your existing range of Apple accessories.
The cable comes complete with over-voltage protection and, like Anker’s version, is highly durable having been tested for 15,000 bends. Unlike many similar cables, it offers a soft rubber neck, making it easier to grip.
Apple’s latest devices support fast charging, meaning they can be charged by up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Scosche Strikeline USB-C to Lightning Cable
American company Scosche specialise in quality accessories for a wide range of gadgets, and this cable is no different.
The MFI certification on this 4ft cable guarantees its functionality with any device sporting a lightning port.
Supporting industry standard power delivery fast charging (available on devices released Autumn 2017 and newer), it is equally adept at transferring data and media in a matter of seconds.
We tested the white version, but it is also available in black if you’d prefer.