Looking for a Cool Lightning Cable? The Coolest Lighting Charging Cables [List]

Looking for a Lighting charging cable to connect your iPhone or iPad to a charging brick or computer with? The Lightning cable that came with your iDevice was probably boring and white but there are a number of really cool lightning cables on the market today that work with iPhone and iPad. We’ve done our best to round up the coolest Lightning cables available today.

Our Top Picks for the Best Cool Lightning Cable:

Colorful Lightning Cables
Cool Lightning Cable - The Best Lighting Charging Cable

These colorful Lightning charging cables are the opposite of boring. Green Lightning cables, Blue Lightning cables, Orange, Pink and Red too, all in generous 6 foot lengths. Check this separate listing for 3 foot colorful Lightning cables too. You might want to color coordinate your Lightning charging cable with your phone’s case color or you might just choose a colorful Lightning cable that’s fun and easy to spot and identify as yours when multiple people have charging cables out at once. It’s pretty hard to lose one of these brightly colored cords!

Mini Lightning Cable Keychain 6 Pack
Cool Lightning Cable - The Best Lighting Charging Cable

Here’s another really cool Lightning cable product: it’s actually a six pack of mini Lightning cables. Each one is six inches long and comes with a cap that turns it into a keychain. You can easily hook one to a backpack, another to a keychain, leave a third in a desk drawer or in the bedroom, etc and never be without an iPhone charging cable when you need one. Each one of these cool Lightning charging cables measures about 8 inches in length and loops back into itself with the included keychain ring caps. This set includes a black Lightning cable, a white Lightning cable, a blue one, green, orange and pink.

Elegant Black Lightning to USB iPhone & iPad Charging Cable
Cool Lightning Cable - The Best Lighting Charging Cable

Sometimes you want a charging cable that’s stylish and sleek and this elegant black and silver iPhone/iPad charging cable fits the bill. It measures 3.3 feet long (1 meter) and is made of long lasting black ribbed plastic material. This cool Lightning cable also works with iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPod Nano, like all the other Lightning charging cables on this list. Comes with a 2 year warranty for a free replacement in case you have any problems with it.

Braided Lightning Charging Cable
Cool Lightning Cable - The Best Lighting Charging Cable

This stylish 4 foot Lightning charging cable is coated with a high quality braided fabric to ensure it works for years to come (up to 17,000 bends according to the manufacturer, making it up to 6 times more durable than comparable plastic coated Lightning cables). Plus this Lightning cable has an especially long stress cuff on the ends of the plugs which means that even if you bend the end of the cable at a stressful angle, it won’t wear out easily like you may have experienced with other cheap Lightning cables.

And there’s one more trick this cool Lightning cable has up its sleeve: it features an elegant leather tie-up that’s looped around the cord so it won’t get lost. Available in three different colors.

Flat Black Polka Dot Lightning Charging Cable
Cool Lightning Cable - The Best Lighting Charging Cable

Here’s a cool flat Lightning charging cable for iPhones and iPads which has poka dots on it– either white ones or red ones depending on which model you choose. There’s also a two-pack available with one Lightning cable in each color.

This cable reaches 1 meter long (3.3 feet), the same length as the original Apple Lightning charging cable that came with your iPhone or iPad.

Coiled Lightning Charging Cable for iPhone & iPad
Cool Lightning Cable - The Best Lighting Charging Cable

This tiny coiled Lightning cable stretches out to 1.5 meters (or a bit over 5 feet) long. It’s black and has a USB plug on one en with a Lightning plug on the other to charge or sync your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Because this cable is coiled but also springy it’s ideal for small spaces like when you need a Lightning cable for charging in your car where you don’t want to have to deal with a super long Lightning cable but you’ll also want it to be able to stretch for navigation purposes, etc. Available in either black or white color options.

Glowing Lightning Cable
Cool Lightning Cable - The Best Lighting Charging Cable

Here’s a really cool Lightning cable: it’s lighted with glowing strands of luminescence. This iPhone charging cable comes in a variety of colors and is easy to spot in the dark at night if you want to find your charging phone without turning on a light. This charging and sync cord measures 2.6 feet in length, slightly less than a meter long. Available in blue, green, pink, purple and white versions.

iPhone 7 Headphone Adapters: Lightning to Headphone Jack Converters

Apple’s iPhone 7 began the trend of cell phones that only have Lightning ports instead of the normal headphone jacks. So what do you do if you prefer to use headphones that end with a normal 1/8th inch headphone adapter instead of the new Lightning connector? Luckily there are a number of Lightning to headphone jack adapters for you to choose from that allow you to use your old regular headphones with a new iPhone’s Lightning port.

The best Lightning to headphone jack adapters and converters:

Lightning to Headphone Adapter for iPhone
Lightning male to female extender cable

Here’s a pretty straightforward Lightning to headphone adapter that allows you to use your old headphones with 1/8th inch stereo TRS jack with a new iPhone or iPad’s Lightning port. It works with iPhone version 5 and up as well as other iOS devices like iPads and iPad Minis and iPod Touch with Lightning ports.

Note that this adapter plays music and allows you to use in-line remote to control your music (if your headphones have one) however if you get a phone call you will need to disconnect the headphones to use your phone normally instead of using the headphones as a headset. Comes in white. This is also available in a 2-pack if you need more than one of them.

You may also wish to pick up a tether leash to keep your adapter from getting lost.

Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Adapter for iPhone 7
Lightning male to female extender cable

This Lightning to headphone jack adapter is a little bit different: it offers the normal 3.5mm headphone jack but it also has a replacement Lightning port which allows you to plug your phone into a charging cable so you can listen to music and charge your iPhone at the same time. If you find yourself wanting to listen to music while you charge your iPhone then this might be a tremendously useful extra port to have on a Lightning to headphone adapter cable. Note that it cannot be used to control music with an in-line remote control if your headphones have that. Comes in silver, black and gold.

Lightning to headphone jack adapter for iPhone 5, 6, 7
Lightning male to female extender cable

Here’s another style of iPhone Lightning to headphone adapter which allows you to charge your phone while listening to music. Instead of providing a two-pronged splitter like some other 2 in one Music + Charging Lightning adapter cables, this model provides a single silver mini-adapter box. It works with regular headphone jacks and a standard Lighting cable to charge your iPhone while listening to music with. One benefit of this particular converter is that it provides a full 2 amps of charging power meaning that it won’t slow your charging process to a lower speed. As a result, this Lightning to headphone charging adapter may charge your iPhone faster than some other adapters.

Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Converter
Lightning male to female extender cable

If you want a stylish Lightning to headphone adapter that includes a remote to change volume and play/pause built in, this might be the perfect adapter for you. It comes in a variety of colors and when you plug it into your iPhone 7 it provides you with a normal headphone jack as well as a Lightning port for charging and a volume/play-pause remote control. Note that this model does not support making phone calls with an in-line microphone if your headphones have that.

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus Lightning to 3.5mm Male Auxiliary Gold Cord – Premium Headphone Adapter to Car Stereo
Lightning male to female extender cable

This item is a little different from the rest, it provides you with a Lightning audio jack on one end and a 3.5mm male audio jack on the other. Basically, it allows you to plug in your iPhone with Lightning port to a speaker system that accepts headphone jack inputs. This might be useful if you want to convert Lightning to headphone jack to listen to your iPhone 7 on your car stereo with a aux port. It also will allow you to connect your iPhone 7 with a Lightning port to a set of speakers that accepts a headphone jack input.

Frequently asked questions about Lightning to headphone jack adapters

Can I use these adapters with my old headphones that have a play/pause button or a microphone in them to answer calls and change volume?

At the time of writing this article there appears to be an iOS software bug that’s causing problems for some users who want to use these functions. This may be fixable through an iOS software update or it may already be fixed by the time you read this. Read more about this issue in an Apple support thread.

Do these Lightning to headphone jack adapters come in different colors or am I stuck with white?

Several of these iPhone 7 headphone jack adapters are available in other colors. Click through each one to view the different colors they’re available in.