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What is the difference between a USB-C and a Lightning Cable?

If you want to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod connected and charged wherever you go, try using one of our lightning cables. Our lightning cables are MFi certified by Apple. Meaning they’re compatible with all of your Apple devices. Prior to the lightning cable, Apple was using the thirty pin dock connector. These cables were released at the same time as the iPhone 5 and iPad mini First Generation. The iPad Pro Third Generation doesn’t use the typical Apple charger and instead uses the USB-C cable.

What is a Lightning Cable?

A lightning cable is an eight-pin dock connector. There is an authorization chip in the lightning cable, which makes it hard to recreate. Still, the cable scheme has been hacked. Since it has been hacked, third-party sellers are able to recreate the scheme. Apple does not approve of these third-party manufacturers. If a cable is Apple-approved, the product will say so.

What is a USB-C Cable?

USB-C cables were invented in 2014. USB-C cables have twenty-four pins and as the lightning cable, a USB-C is fully reversible. That means it is easier to plug your phone in while multitasking. These cables are exclusive to Apple. Whereas USB-C cables are supported by the XBOX Series X and all Android phones.

Are Lightning cables better than USB-C?


When it comes to cost, a USB-C cable is more affordable than other types of cables. These cables cost more than USB-C cables because they are proprietary to Apple. USB-C cables pride themselves on their fast-charging power. Making them the perfect charger for devices of any size. Lightning cables are slower than USB-C cables. Some USB-C cables are said to be able to charge up to twenty times faster than similar cables.


USB-C can transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds which is 40 Gbps. Lightning cables, on the other hand, transfer data at a speed of USB 2.0 which is 480 Mbps. Since the Lightning cable is limited to a speed of USB 2.0, the USB-C cable is faster at transferring data.


Lightning cables are slower charging cables than USB-C cables. The USB-C cables can also transfer data faster than other types of cables. These cables are not better than USB-C cables. If you have an Apple product, you are tied to using the cable they want you to use. No matter how much better the USB-C may be.

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