As a long time iPhone user I have always been frustrated by how quickly the expensive cables that come with them end up damaged. Worse yet when you buy aftermarket cables they tend to not always work.
So I went on a quest to find a durable iPhone cable that just fricken worked and worked all the time. What I settled on was this, ISelector Nylon Braided Lightning Charging Cable. These things are tough! How tough? While I don’t recommend this, I took one and folded it half and whipped my desk with it 5 times, no damage, plugged it in and it worked.
They are quite affordable too at 25 bucks for a three pack. About 8.30 a piece and given an Apple Lightening Cable no where near as durable sells for 19 dollars for one, they are now the only thing I use.
You can find them on Amazon at this link ISelector Nylon Braided Lightning Charging Cable
But what about you folks with Androids and other phones that use micro usb. While they are not as costly as lightening cables given they are so universal, they do still tend to get damaged. I also keep two of these in my charging station for friends and visitors, so I went out to find the best value to quality ratio I could find.
The key was I wanted a braided cable and aluminum connectors just like the iPhone cable I found. And what I came up with is the iSeeker Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro USB Cable.
I will be totally honest I have not used these anywhere near as much as the ones for the iPhone because I don’t have a phone or primary device that uses them. But based on their reviews and my inspection they are the best you can get for the price. I mean seriously these are three bucks a piece in a bundle of three!
During disasters especially weather related ones communications and info gathering is often vital and smart phones are a key link for that. For this reason I keep chargers and cables in all my vehicles, with my battery back up systems, in all my bags including my BOB and EDC bag. I also keep the micro USB ones and a few other form factors like standard USB, because you never know what you may need, especially to help others.
When I stick cable into a bag and know I may not see it again for 6 months, I want to damn well know it is going to work when I need it. If anyone knows of better cables, tell me and I will try them out. For now these are my highest recommendations.