It’s easy to lose the Apple Lightning cable earbuds that come with your iPhone, but fear not: there are plenty of Lightning cable replacement earbuds and headphones available today. A lot of these earbuds are more affordable than Apple earpods, plus they come in cool colors and noise isolating design. Here is a rundown of some of the best replacement lightning cable earbuds & headphones on the market.
These lightning headphones are compatible with iPhone 8, XR, 11, and 11 Pro.
Shark Lightning Headphones Tear Resistant Cable with Volume Control Apple MFi Certified for use with iPhone, iPads, iPods
Not every pair of lightning earbuds offers a volume control like the original Apple earbuds, but these do. They’re also a distinctive blue color which makes them stand out from the original manufacturer headphones that come with your iPhone. These also have soft earbuds for noise isolation, which means you may find them more comfortable than other earbuds and they may sound better in loud environments. Works with iPhones, iPads & iPods.
Brightech Pure Lightning Earphones
Brightech offers a generally well-reviewed pair of Lightning connector earbuds in a sporty green color. They plug directly into the Lightning port on your iPhone, iPad or iPod and offer great sound and noise-canceling technology. They also offer a play/pause and volume adjustment control midway through the cable, just like the original Apple iPhone headphones do.
JBL Reflect Aware Lightning Earphones
JBL also offers a pricier earphone/earbud option with an Apple Lightning connector: the noise-canceling Reflect Aware Lightning Earphones, which also include a remote along the Lightning cord. The Reflect Aware is available in blue, black, teal, and red, and is only available for pre-order on their website with availability starting in May 2016.
Frequently asked questions about Lightning cable headphones
Will these work with any iPhone or iPad?
Yes, these will work with any iPhone or iPad new enough to have a Lightning port. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone or iPad also has a legacy 1/8th inch headphone jack– these will work as headphones regardless.
What are the advantages of Lightning cable headphones vs regular headphones with a 1/8th inch jack?
Lightning cable headphones allow for devices to be built thinner, and they also can provide advanced noise-canceling technology and better waterproofing. Read more about the pros & cons of Lightning cable headphones here.
Can I get larger over-ear headphones with a Lightning cable, or am I stuck with earbuds?
It’s not just lightning earbuds; you can get lightning cable over ear headphones too.