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The best Micro-USB cables you can buy

I understand that USB-C is the new hotness — and it’s hard to resist that reversible magic — but for all your legacy devices and metric tons of peripherals, a good Micro-USB cable is still a requirement. Micro-USB cables are just about everywhere these days (I’ve got dozens slithering around my apartment like snakes) and there’s still plenty of quality and choice to be found if you find yourself needing a new one. These are the best of the best around.

Long-distance dependability

Anker Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro-USB cable

Staff pick

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This cable is available in lengths up to 10 feet with a durable braided sheathing and corrosion-resistant gold-plated connectors.

$8 at Amazon

I have the power!

Anker PowerLine+ Micro-USB cable

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Made of Kevlar — the same stuff that bulletproof vests are made from — Anker boasts that this durable cable has a 10,000 bend lifespan, which customers appear to confirm.

From $10 at Amazon

Pick your pack

iXCC Micro-USB cable

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iXCC’s cables come in lengths of 3, 6, and 10 feet, and you can get a single, double, or 3-packs if you need to stock up on charging cables for your car or backpack.

From $6 at Amazon

Braided beauty

Rampow Braided Nylon Micro-USB cable

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If you’re looking for a durable option, then braided nylon is the best way to go, and Rampow’s braided cables feature stainless steel connectors.

$8 at Amazon

Multi-colored multi-packs

Ailkin Braided Nylon Micro-USB cable

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These cables come in vibrant multipacks of various sizes and a wide variety of colors, and you know what that means — everyone gets their own color!

$14 at Amazon

Short and sweet

iSeekerKit 1-foot Micro-USB cable

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Cut down on excess slack and check out iSeekerKit’s three-pack of foot-long cables. They’re wrapped in braided nylon and come in eight color variants.

$8 at Amazon

Which option should you get?

Deciding between Micro-USB cables might not seem like a big deal, but considering different lengths, brand names, and values, there’s more to this than you think.

Anker has never steered our gear wrong with its cables, and for most of your older phones and accessories, all you need is the durable and lengthy Anker Nylon Braided Tangle-Free cables, but if you need higher data transfer speeds, the Anker PowerLine+ is your answer.

If you’re heading out on vacation or need to resupply the whole family after someone let the kitten into the cable box, the Ailkin Micro-USB cable multi-color multi-packs are long enough for hidden outlets and in-bed charging and the fun colors help make them easy to spot when you go hunting for a charger.

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