Car Aux Lightning Chargers & Audio Cables for iPhone

iphone car audio cable

If you’re looking for a cable to listen to your iPhone’s music or charge it while you’re driving in a car, you’re in the right place. We’re going to go down the list of some of the best iPhone cables for cars in this roundup. Note: some of these iPhone car aux cables have the ability to charge your phone, others don’t, so be sure you pay close attention to what you’re choosing if charging is an important feature to you.

The best Lightning connector iPhone car audio cables

Car Aux Cable for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, Lightning to 3.5mm Premium Auxiliary Audio Cable

This basic Lightning to headphone adapter for car stereos features a standard 1/8th inch headphone jack on the end that you plug into your car’s aux audio port, and a Lightning connector on the end that you plug into your iPhone. It will work with any iPhone that has a Lightning connector (iPhone 5 and higher) and it reaches about 3 feet, which is plenty long enough for most car setups. Comes in black.

USB Phone Car Charger

The previous iPhone cable for cars doesn’t charge your phone, but here’s a separate Lightning charger for cars that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter. It provides you with two USB ports which you can use to charge your iPhone, iPad or other phone or tablet devices while you’re driving. One nice thing about this model is that it has a small blue LED light which glows, plus a bright red circle around the face which makes it easy to find the port even in the dark. Many other car phone chargers don’t have these features, or offer only a single USB charging port instead of two. Note that if you choose this USB car phone charger you’ll need to supply your own Lightning cable because it provides you with the ports only. Comes in black or white color options.

Car Auxiallary charging cable for iPhone (with charging)

If you want to be able to charge your iPhone while listening to music at the same time in your car, this aux cord for iPhone might be just the ticket. It has three connectors: one that you plug into your iPhone 5 or higher and a standard 3.5mm audio jack that you plug into your car’s aux port and a USB plug to plug in for charging. If your car doesn’t have a USB port built in, consider the previous item on this list which replaces your car’s cigarette lighter with a USB charging port.

iPhone Aux cable with charging port

In order to charge your iPhone while listening to music in the car you’ll ordinarily need a cable with three plugs: one Lightning plug to connect your phone to, and a Y shaped connector at the other end which splits between a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB port to plug into your car’s USB audio port or a cigarette lighter-USB port adapter. The problem you might run into in some cars is that the USB port or cigarette lighter is a foot or more away from where you need to plug in the headphone jack to. Which means that adapters like the previous item on this list that splits in a Y shape won’t work very well because they won’t reach to both ports at the same time.

Enter this option which allows you to listen to music via your car’s auxillary port and charge at the same time. How does it work? It provides you with a Lightning charging port which you can plug the iPhone Lightning cable that your phone came with into it and plug that into a USB port in your car (or a USB cigarette lighter adapter). So you’ll need to supply an additional standard USB-Lightning cable to make it work but if you’ve got an extra Lightning cable, it’s a snap.

Aux cable for cars that supports both iPhone and Android devices

This auto auxillary sound cable allows you to plug in one end to your car’s aux audio input port and then choose which type of plug you want to use for your phone. For instance, if you have an iPhone with only a Lightning port but no headphone jack, you can plug in the Lightning jack. If your spouse is driving and has an Android phone with only a headphone jack, they can use their device to play music in the car without needing to swap out your cable with an entirely different cord. This cable is easy to spot (bright red) and measures about 4 feet long, which is plenty long enough for most car setups.

Frequently asked questions about iPhone Lightning cables for cars:

Why can’t I charge my iPhone using a normal Lightning to headphone adapter Aux cable?

The reason why a simple Lightning to 3.5mm headphone converter cable (like this one) won’t charge your iPhone is because it can’t carry nearly enough power through it. So you’ll be able to listen to music, but you won’t be able to charge your phone at the same time. If you want to listen to music and charge your iPhone at the same time, you’ll need to use one of the other solutions on this list that end in a Y-splitter with a Lightning or USB port to plug into your car or an external battery charging pack.

Is there an aux cable for cars that works with both iPhones and Android devices? I’m sick of having to swap out one cable for another depending on who’s driving.

Yes! You’re in luck. Check out this aux cable that provides you with the choice of either a standard headphone jack (for Android phones) or a Lightning cable (for iPhones).

I have an old car with a casette tape deck but no aux input. I used a tape deck adapter to plug into my old phone. Can I get a solution to work with an iPhone that has no headphone jack?

Yes! All you need is a Lightning port to headphone adapter to make your old tape deck to headphone jack adapter work with your new phone which has only a Lightning port.

What is the best lightning headphone splitter adapter for iPhone?

iphone lightning headphone splitter

If you’ve ever wanted to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7 you need lightning headphone splitter. Starting with the iPhone 7, Apple nixed the traditional headphone jack on their cell phones so all you’ve got to work with is a single Lightning port on the bottom of your phone. Lightning headphone splitter adapters are very handy to have.

There are two kinds of lightning headphone adapters: those that split into two lightning ports and those that split into a lightning port and a traditional round 3.5mm headphone jack. We’re going to include both types in this article. First up: Lightning headphone splitters that provide you with a Lightning jack and a headphone jack.

Lightning headphone splitters providing 1 headphone port & 1 Lightning port

iphone lightning headphone splitter with headphone jack

If you want to listen to music wearing a traditional pair of headphones with a round 3.5mm (1/8th inch) jack while charging your phone, you need a lightning to headphone port splitter. Here are three great Lightning splitters to choose from:

iPhone 7 Adapter 2 in 1, Lightning to 3.5mm AUX Headphone Jack Splitter

This Lightning to headphone and Lightning splitter measures a little less than 5 inches long (12cm) and provides a headphone jack at a 90 degree angle to the lightning charging port (or headphone port, depending on how you use it). Although you cannot use it to make phone calls with your headphones plugged in, it does allow you to charge your phone or iPad while you listen to music. You can use this splitter at your desk, on the go or in a car. Available in both black or silver color options.

iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter & Charger

Here’s a different Lightning to headphone port splitter that comes in white, matching your first party Apple headphones. It supplies you with a normal headphone jack and a Lightning charging port. One nice feature about this lightning splitter is that it includes volume control built into the adapter with three operate-by-feel buttons which are easy to press while your phone remains in a pocket. Works with phone calls if your headphones have an in-like microphone like your original Apple Lightning headphones do. Available in white, black, or a black/red.

2 in 1 Lightning adapter and Charger

This headphone splitter for iPhone 7 and up provides you with a headphone jack and also a Lightning charging port. It’s in a slightly different style than the previous items listed in this article because it’s a Y splitter meaning your pairs of cables can go easily in two completely opposite directions. Of course some users might find that this makes it easier for the cables to get twisted, but it’s a matter of personal preference. Available in black.

Lightning headphone splitters providing 2 Lightning ports

iphone lightning headphone splitter with 2 lightning ports

If you want to be able to charge your iPhone via Lightning and listen to music using Lightning headphones at the same time then you need this category of adapter: a lightning to lightning splitter. Here are some great choices:

iPhone Lightning Splitter

This lightning headphone splitter lets you charge your phone and listen to music at the same time, although it will not allow a second person with Lightning headphones to listen to music. It does however allow you to make phone calls with Apple headphones and use the play/pause buttons.

Plug-style iPhone Lightning Splitter

This Lightning splitter provides two lightning ports: one for charging and the other for listening to music (two people can’t listen to music at the same time using Lightning headphones). Available in silver, black and red color options. Compatible with Apple EarPods headphones with in-line microphones for calls/Siri and control buttons.

Frequently asked questions about lightning headphone splitter adapters:

Can two people listen to music at the same time using these Lightning headphone splitters?

Unfortunately because of limitations Apple has put on the current Lightning specification only one person can listen to music at the same time. These lightning cable splitters are for listening to music and charging your phone at the same time, not sharing music with another person.

What versions of iOS do these Lightning splitters work with?

They work with iOS 10 and later. If your iPhone or iPad is up to date, you’re in good shape to use these.

Do these Lightning adapters require a special app to work?

Nope; they’re plug and play. Just plug them in and they’ll work. If you encounter a problem, try disconnecting everything and plugging your headphones or charging cables or both into the adapter before you plug the adapter into the phone.


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