USB-C Cables – For Charging and Data Transfers

USB-C to USB-C 2.0 | USB-C to USB-C 3.1USB-C to USB-A 2.0USB-C to USB-A 3.0  | USB-C to Lightning | Thunderbolt 3


Which USB-C Cable Do I Need?

The USB-C cable you want depends on what two things you’re connecting, and for what purpose. You can get a high end cable that’ll do everything. But that’s more expensive, especially if you are only charging a device.

Connecting Two USB-C Devices
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0: Best for charging a USB-C device with a USB-C charger.
  • USB-C to USB-C 3.1: Best for data transfers between two USB-C devices. Can also charge, but costs more.
Connecting a USB-C Device to a USB-A Device
  • USB-C to USB-A 2.0: Best for charging a USB-C device with a USB-A charger. And for data transfers involving a USB 2.0 port.
  • USB-C to USB-A 3.0: Best for data transfers between a USB-C device and a device with a USB 3.0 port. Can also charge, but costs more.
Fast Charging iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
  • USB-C to Lightning: Allows fast charging of newer iPhones with an 18W or better USB-C PD charger. Can also connect an iPhone to a Mac with USB-C.
Connecting Two Thunderbolt 3 Devices
  • Thunderbolt 3: Connects two Thundertbolt 3 devices for high-speed data transfers. Some can also double as regular USB-C cables.

USB-C to USB-C 2.0

CablePriceLengthCharge RateData RateNotes
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-C 2.0$7.226 inches, 3, 6, & 9 feet3A (60W)480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified
AmazonBasics Double Braided USB-C to USB-C 2.0$15.991, 3, 6, & 10 feet3A (60W)480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified

Nylon Braided
Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0$9.993 & 6 feet3A (60W)480 Mbps
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 2.0$12.996 feet3A (60W)480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified
Apple USB-C to USB-C 2.0$18.993.3 & 6.6 feet5A (100W)480 MbpsNathan K Approved
AUKEY USB-C to USB-C 2.0$7.993 feet3A (60W)480 MbpsNylon Braided
AUKEY USB-C to USB-C 2.0
Gray | White
$6.996 feet3A (60W)480 Mbps
AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C$9.996.6 feet3A (60W)480 MbpsNylon Braided
Belkin USB-C to USB-C 2.0$66.006 inches & 6 feet3A (60W)480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified

Nylon Braided
Cable Matters USB-C to USB-C 2.0$9.993.3 & 6.6 feet5A (100W)480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified
Nekteck USB-C to USB-C 2.0 (2-Pack)$10.993.3 feet5A (100W)480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified
ZMI USB-C to USB-C 2.0 (2-Pack)Price not available5 feet3A (60W)480 Mbps

USB-C to USB-C 3.1

All cables listed are USB-IF Certified.

CablePriceLengthCharge RateData RateNotes
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-C 3.1$14.843 & 6 feet3A (60W)5 Gbps
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 3.1$11.993 feet3A (60W)5 Gbps
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2$19.993 feet5A (100W)10 Gbps
Belkin USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2$27.383.3 feet3A (60W)10 Gbps
Cable Matters USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2$13.993.3 feet5A (100W)10 Gbps
CHOETECH USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2Price not available3.3 feet3A (60W)10 Gbps
DockCase USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2Price not available0.7 feet5A (100W)10 Gbps
dodocool USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2$12.753.3 feet5A (100W)10 GbpsNylon Braided
Nekteck USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2$11.993.3 feet5A (100W)10 Gbps
Veckle USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2$16.993.3 feet5A (100W)10 GbpsNylon Braided

USB-C to USB-A 2.0

All cables listed contain the proper 56k Ohm resistor.

CablePriceLengthData RateNotes
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A 2.0$7.973, 6, 9 feet480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified
Anker PowerLine+ USB-C to USB-A 2.0$13.993 & 6 feet480 Mbps
Anker PowerLine+ II USB-C to USB-A 2.0$11.993 feet480 MbpsNylon Braided
Anker PowerLine+ II USB-C to USB-A 2.0$13.996 feet480 MbpsNylon Braided
Anker Premium USB-C to USB-A 2.0 (2-Pack)Price not available3 & 6 feet480 Mbps
AUKEY USB-C to USB 2.0Price not available3.3 & 6.6 feet480 Mbps
Belkin USB-C to USB-A 2.0$8.996 feet480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified
BrexLink USB-C to USB-A 2.0 (2-Pack)$10.996 feet480 MbpsUSB-IF Certified

Nylon Braided
Cable Matters USB-C to USB-A 2.0$10.993.3, 6.6, 9.8, & 13 feet480 MbpsBenson Approved
CHOETECH USB-C to USB-A 2.0 (2-Pack)$9.593.3 & 6.6 feet480 Mbps
Nintendo HAC-010 USB-C to USB-A 2.0
Included with Pro Controller, Joy-Con Charging Grip, and Poke Ball Plus
1 & 5 feet480 Mbps
PowerA Premium USB-C to USB-A 2.0$14.9910 feet480 MbpsNylon Braided
Veckle USB-C to USB-A 2.0$10.996.6 feet480 MbpsBenson Approved

Nylon Braided
ZMI Premium USB-C to USB-A 2.0$8.991 & 3.3 feet480 MbpsNylon Braided

USB-C to USB-A 3.0

All cables listed contain the proper 56k Ohm resistor.

CablePriceLengthData RateNotes
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A 3.1$9.493 feet5 GbpsUSB-IF Certified
Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-A 3.06 feet5 Gbps
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-A 3.1 Gen 2$12.993 feet10 GbpsUSB-IF Certified
AUKEY USB-C to USB 3.0Price not available3.3 feet5 Gbps
AUKEY USB-C to USB 3.0$7.993.3 feet5 GbpsNylon Braided
AUKEY USB-C to USB 3.0$8.996.6 feet5 GbpsNylon Braided
Cable Matters USB-C to USB-A 3.0$5.993.3 feet5 GbpsBenson Approved
CHOETECH USB-C to USB-A 3.0 (3-Pack)$13.993.3 & 6.6 feet5 GbpsNylon Braided
Nekteck USB-C to USB-A 3.0$6.993.3 feet5 GbpsBenson Approved

Nylon Braided
Nekteck USB-C to USB-A 3.1$6.993.3 & 6.6 feet5 GbpsBenson Approved
Orzly USB-C to USB-A 3.0$7.993.3 feet5 GbpsBenson Approved
Veckle USB-C to USB-A 3.0$12.996.6 feet5 GbpsBenson Approved

Nylon Braided

USB-C to Lightning

All cables listed are MFi certified by Apple.

CablePriceLengthNotes
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning$14.993 & 6 feet
Anker PowerLine+ II USB-C to Lightning$21.993 feetNylon Braided
Apple USB-C to Lightning$18.993.3 feet
Apple USB-C to Lightning$23.006.6 feet
AUKEY USB-C to LightningPrice not available3 feet
AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-L$10.993.6 feetNylon Braided
Belkin USB-C to Lightning$19.954 feet
Benks USB-C to Lightning$13.791, 4, 6 feetNylon Braided
CHOTECH USB-C to Lightning$13.996.6 feet
ESR USB-C to Lightning$11.743.3 feetNylon Braided
SIMYA USB-C to LightningPrice not available4 feetNylon Braided
iDARS USB-C to LightningPrice not available8 inches, 4 feet, 6 feetNylon Braided
LAX USB-C to Lightning$13.881 & 3 feetNylon Braided
Lecone USB-C to Lightning$9.993.3 feetNylon Braided
Mangotek USB-C to Lightning$16.993.3 feet
MOMAX USB-C to Lightning$9.991, 4, 6.6 feet
MOMAX USB-C to Lightning$19.991, 4, 6 feetNylon Braided
RAVPower USB-C to Lightning$13.993 & 6 feet
Scosche Strikeline USB-C to Lightning$21.014 feet
Spigen DuraSync USB C to Lightning (2-pack)$28.993 feet
Ugreen USB-C to Lightning$13.993 feet

Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt is a hardware interface standard created by Intel and Apple. Thunderbolt 3 cables use USB-C connectors, but are not the same as a USB-C cable. Passive Thunderbolt does supports USB 3.1 data transfers. Active Thunderbolt only supports USB 2.0 with USB-C devices.

All cables listed are Thunderbolt Certified.

CablePricePassive/ActiveLengthMax Charging RateMax Data Rate
Apple Thunderbolt 3$39.00Active2.6 feet5A (100W)40 Gbps
Belkin Thunderbolt 3$24.72Passive3 feet3A (60W)20 Gbps
Belkin Thunderbolt 3$26.77Passive1.6 feet5A (100W)40 Gbps
Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3Price not availablePassive1.6 feet5A (100W)40 Gbps
Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3$54.99Active3.3 feet5A (100W)40 Gbps
Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3$57.99Active6.6 feet5A (100W)40 Gbps
Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3$22.99Passive3.3 feet5A (100W)20 Gbps
Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3$27.99Passive6.6 feet5A (100W)20 Gbps
Nekteck Thunderbolt 3$21.88Passive1.5 feet5A (100W)40 Gbps
Nekteck Thunderbolt 3$48.99Active6.6 feet5A (100W)40 Gbps
Nekteck Thunderbolt 3$25.99Passive3 feet5A (100W)20 Gbps
Nekteck Thunderbolt 3$29.99Passive6 feet5A (100W)20 Gbps

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-11-19.