Why You Need a 10-Foot Charging Cable

Has this ever happened to you? You’re lying in bed on a Sunday morning, browsing through Instagram and your favourite websites, when all of a sudden you get the dreaded “low battery” signal on your phone. At this point you have two options: get up, charge your phone, and get your day started or continue lounging in bed sans phone.

Okay, realistically we know that this really isn’t the biggest problem, but it is an inconvenience and one that there is a really simple solution to: 10-foot charging cables.

These extra-long cables allow you to charge your devices while still using them from your bed, couch, desk, wherever! We’ve found the best 10-foot charging cords on the market as rated by Wirecutter. More good news? They’re super budget friendly!

“Almost every device we use on a daily basis needs a cable to charge, so investing in a cable that’ll last is a good idea,” said Nick Guy, a senior staff writer at Wirecutter. “We’ve found that you don’t have to go overboard and spend too much money though.”

So, if you’re tired of huddling by an outlet on your phone while it chargers, check out these affordable charging cables.

Wirecutter found the cables from Anker to be the best on the market. Their quality, durability, and price point made them a clear winner, and Wirecutter even had an electrical engineer rip apart a cable to check it out and make sure it was up to par.

“Anker’s standard PowerLine cables are more or less identical on the inside to its more expensive premium cables,” said Guy. “Those are only worth it if you want a nylon-braided exterior or lifetime warranty.”

Among their product line, a few cables in particular stood out.

Anker PowerLine:
Avaiable in both 6ft. and 10ft. options, the Anker PowerLine is a great cable for a fantastic price ($7 on Amazon at the time of the review!). This micro-USB cable comes with an 18-month warranty, is built to withstand “more than 10 000 bends,” and is certified by Apple.

Anker PowerLine Lightening Cable:
This cable is very similar to the PowerLine, with just a few downsides: it can only handle about 5000 bends (which is still a lot!) and it takes longer to charge the iPad Pro. These are pretty minor cons, and it’s still a great cable.

Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0:
This option comes in 3 ft., 6 ft., and 10 ft. lengths, and because it’s a USB-C cable, you can use it to charge your MacBook (hello lying on the couch, surfing the web while your computer charges!).

Google USB-A to USB-C cable:

Google also makes a great USB-C friendly cable, which is thinner than the Anker model and designed to withstand breaking apart. It’s available in a 6.6 ft. option, so not as long as some of the others, but still a more convenient length than standard chargers.

AmazonBasics Cable:
While Wirecutter favored Anker cables, the AmazonBasics cable is another popular option among the techie crowd. This cable from Amazon ranges in length options from 4 inches to 10 feet and comes with a 12-month warranty. Starting at just $5, it’s a great value for the quality.

We definitely recommend disconnecting from your phone throughout the day, but the convenience of having a 10-foot charging cable can’t be denied! While it’s great to take tech breaks, sometimes you just need the ease of having an extra-long charging cable so you can power up and stay online!

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