Best Micro USB Cable In 2021

Need the power and the speed of a micro USB charging cord, but not sure which one to choose? We have five of the best for you – see how they do.

best micro usb cable

Yes, it’s true that more and more manufacturers are turning to li-ion chargers and connectors, because they can deliver more power from a smaller source, but the announcement of the death of micro USB charging cables from some quarters is distinctly premature. It’s premature because micro USB is still a cheaper option, and that matters to lots of people.

Within the arena of cheaper charging cables though, you’re going to want to squeeze the last drops of power and speed out of your micro USB cable so that it feels like an acceptable technology for connecting your phone and other devices.

We’ve lined up five of the best, fastest, most durable micro USB cables on the market today, so you can see what’s available to meet your needs.

Our Top Picks

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Editor's Choice
Syncwire Charging Cords
02
Enthusiast Pick
Anker Powerline+
03
Mid Range Pick
JSAUX Micro USB

Best Micro USB Cable: First Look

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Editor's Choice
Syncwire Charging Cords
Syncwire Charging Cords

Syncwire Charging Cords

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Aluminum connectors? Yes, please. Braided nylon cables which give you great anti-abrasion and anti-twist protection, and which can last up to ten times as long as some on the market – we’ll take three, thanks – which is handy, because the Syncwire cords come in bundles of three when you buy. The Syncwire cords will support USB 2.0 as standard at 480 Mbps in terms of data transfer. 6.6 feet of cable should be enough to cope with most domestic uses. If you don’t need them that long and the excess would just be a dangling trip hazard, you’re in luck – you can downsize to the 3.3 feet version and save yourself some cable cash. And on top of all that, it comes with a lifetime warranty. Life. Time.

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Enthusiast Pick
Anker Powerline+
Anker Powerline

Anker Powerline+

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Micro USB cabling is a cruel world. If the Syncwire cords didn’t exist, the Anker Powerline+ would be a runaway winner in this contest. With options from the standard 3.3 feet through the extra-comfortable 6.6 feet, all the way up to the do-anything 10 feet cable, you have the range of length you need to charge and connect across a room if you need to. Kevlar reinforcement makes for an ultra-tough cord, meaning once you buy it, it’s bought for a while and it’s not about to get mashed, crushed, stripped, or otherwise ruined on you. The thick wire gauge in the Anker Powerline+ means it reduces resistance and helps you get the rapid charging you need, too. What bumps it down our list below the Syncwire? Warranty, dudes. 18 months of warranty is nothing to sneeze at – in fact it’s more or less industry standard. But the careless, confident abandon of the Syncwire lifetime warranty makes it a difficult proposition to beat in a knock-down, drag-out cord battle.

03
Mid Range Pick
JSAUX Micro USB
JSAUX Micro USB

JSAUX Micro USB

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The JSAUX Micro USB cable deserves its place on our list because it’s right up there with the leaders in terms of what it offers. 480Mbps data transfer speed on USB 2.0, with a 2.4A charge – which you need to do fast charging. Braided nylon cabling for both durability and a tangle-free life. And if you’re the kind of user that’s a little rough on your cables, the JSAUX can take what you give out, with rubberized strain relief on both ends of the cable, so you can bend away. The three-pack of cords gives you one in each of the most popular length options – 3.3 feet, 6.6. feet and the all-conquering 10 feet option. The standard 18-month warranty comes with it, and – though we can’t necessarily imagine calling a micro USB helpline at 3 in the morning, if you absolutely need one, JSAUX representatives are available 24/7.

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Best Value
NetDot Gen 7 2-in-1
NetDot Gen 7 2 in 1

NetDot Gen 7 2-in-1

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NetDot has created the socket wrench set of micro USB charging cables. Providing three cables per pack, the heads are changeable, so they can charge Apple or Android products, depending on the needs of the moment – your standard Android will have no problem, but if your Apple geek pal comes over and begs a charge, you can help them out too.

One of the downsides to the NetDot is that all three cables are the same size – 3.3 feet. That’s fine for most desktop purposes, but if you’re in a hotel bedroom with limited power points, you might struggle to get a charge while still using your phone. Also, the warranty on the NetDot set needs seriously beefing up, too – 12 months no longer feels adequate in a market that’s shifting more and more to at least 18 months.

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Budget Pick
CableCreation Micro USB Cable
CableCreation Micro USB Cable

CableCreation Micro USB Cable

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Our only right-angled connector is a doozy and no mistake. Arguably, it should be higher in the list, as it comes in a 10 feet option and carries a lifetime warranty, but while the data transfer speed is on point – 480Mbps, as you’d expect, the speed of the charge leaves a little to be desired compared to some other cables in our list. Also, take care to order the cable with the right directional angle for your usual setup, simply to avoid unnecessary bending and flexing in this stiffer-than-average cable.

How We Choose

When it comes to choosing the best micro USB cables on the market, we match them up on a number of key criteria that you should think about before you buy. We’re not here to waste your time online – that’s what Twitter’s for. If we tell you a product is worth your time, consideration and money, you can trust that we’ve tried it, identified its strengths and weaknesses, and are fully prepared to explain our reasoning.

With the micro USB cables on our list, we checked them all out, tested them for look, feel, effectiveness, efficiency. It miiiight be a little too far to claim we hit them with hammers during durability testing. Or… y’know… it might not.
Well, come on, how are you going to know if you can trust a cable’s durability claims unless you subject it to some… erm… stress testing, right?

Bottom line, the five cables that made it onto our list are the battered and bloody remains of an army of contenders, all of whom faced the same criteria. We flung the bodies of the fallen into a pit, and no-one will ever speak their names again. Or, y’know, alternatively, they went to live on a farm, where they lived useful, productive lives charging phones for orphan schoolchildren.

Things To Consider

Before you buy a micro USB cable – in fact, before we would let you buy a micro USB cable – we’d beg you on our knees to consider these factors. The factors, in fact, that went into our testing process.

Speed of data transfer

There are two things you need a micro USB cable for. One is speed of device charging, and the other is the speed at which it will whizz your data from device to device. If, just say, you have an absolute truckload of pictures and friend-mortifying video from a long weekend or a socially-distanced festival, you want to get that stuff safely duplicated on a second machine as quickly as possible, in case your friend launches a sneak attack to steal the phone and get their dignity back.

You’re looking for at least a data transfer speed of 480Mbps in this day and age, to ensure that dignity is a forever-forgotten concept.

Speed of charging

The one thing phone manufacturers have yet to solve, and that could make the world practically perfect, is the phone with the battery you never need to charge.

The company that cracks that wipes out the competition. For now, you want your phone to charge in as little time as possible. Rapid charging is more or less a must to make our list, because seriously, if we wanted to charge slowly, we’d fit our phones with a hand crank.

Durability/Price balance

We live in a world where everything has options, and where durability is not often one of them as standard. You tend to pay more for products and cables that will resist the pressures of real life. Cables that resist the urge to snap and die if they’re twisted, cables that can survive having a chair accidentally put on them, and being sat on. Cables that can take a hammer-pounding and still work afterward, those are the dream. Getting the dream for a price that doesn’t schlurp all our money out of the bank would be excellent too. Getting the balance right is tricky, but these cables managed it.

Warranty

We know – booooooring. But really, the length of your warranty goes hand in hand with the durability/price balance. You want cables that will last in the real world. But you also want to know that if it turns out your lifestyle is just too rugged or too rough-and-tumble for your cables, the company has your back because you bought its micro USB cable in good faith. The longer the warranty, the better the protection, the warmer the feels in your micro charging heart.

Best Micro USB Cable

01
Editor's Choice
Syncwire Charging Cords

Syncwire Charging Cords

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Compatible Devices

Samsung Galaxy J7 / J5 / J3, Note 3/4/5, Motorola G5s / G5s Plus / G5 / G5 Plus / G4 / G4 Plus / G4 Play

Color

6.5ft / 2M Space Grey

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Enthusiast Pick
Anker Powerline

Anker Powerline+

Connector Type

Micro Usb

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Smartphone

03
Mid Range Pick
JSAUX Micro USB

JSAUX Micro USB

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge/S7/S6 Edge/S6/Note 5, Kindle

04
Best Value
NetDot Gen 7 2 in 1

NetDot Gen 7 2-in-1

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Samsung galaxy s7 edge, Apple iphone 6s plus, Apple iphone 5, Apple iphone 5s, Samsung galaxy s7, Apple iphone 6 plus

Color

3.3 Feet / 3 Pack Gray

05
Budget Pick
CableCreation Micro USB Cable

CableCreation Micro USB Cable

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Tablet, Smartphone

Color

R-Angle Micro BM

In-depth Review

01
Editor's Choice
Syncwire Charging Cords

Syncwire Charging Cords

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Compatible Devices

Samsung Galaxy J7 / J5 / J3, Note 3/4/5, Motorola G5s / G5s Plus / G5 / G5 Plus / G4 / G4 Plus / G4 Play

Color

6.5ft / 2M Space Grey

Pros

Lifetime warranty

Industry standard data transfer speed

7% increase in charging speed over standard USB

Triple-braided cable for durability

Cons

No 10 feet option

Syncwire has a strong reputation when it comes to micro USB cables, and this pack shows why it’s regularly regarded as up among the best.

Aluminum connectors laugh away all the regular cable issues of bending and breaking, while stainless steel heads give you snug connections that won’t get looser over time.

Available in both 3.3 feet and 6.6. feet versions, they should be long enough for most domestic uses (though the lack of a 10 feet option – which other cables have) might steer you away from them if you do a lot of phone charging away from home.

480Mbps at standard USB 2.0 means that for micro USB cables, the Syncwire cables are on point at the industry standard. But they have been clocked at roughly 7% faster than standard USB cables when it comes to phone charging, which helps put them up in the national leagues.

Triple-braided nylon fiber means they’ll last a good long while (maybe as much as ten times some cables on the market, with the names of which we will not sully our lips), and resist a good deal of rugged to-and-fro in domestic use.

A lifetime warranty helps Syncwire stride significantly ahead of the pack, too, giving you confidence when you buy.

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Enthusiast Pick
Anker Powerline

Anker Powerline+

Connector Type

Micro Usb

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Smartphone

Pros

Kevlar-boosted dual-braided cord for extra durability

Reduced interference, to improve charging speed

Comes in a 10 feet option

18-month warranty

Cons

Warranty is time-limited

Among the most rugged and durable micro USB cables on the market, the Anker Powerline+ has a Kevlar-boosted strength and a bend tolerance up to ten times that of some cables on the market. Available in a 10 feet option, as well as the standard 3 and 6 feet versions, it comes with a handy cable tie, so even the longest version can avoid being a tripping or snagging hazard.

All the stress points of the Powerline+ are reinforced to improve its durability still further, but in terms of speed, it has lowered resistance, to help boost the charging time available. So it can deliver on power and data transfer, while being one of the sturdiest cables on the market

Comes with an 18-month warranty, but unless you have a fairly complex and spectacular accident with it, you shouldn’t need to call on the company within that time frame.

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Mid Range Pick
JSAUX Micro USB

JSAUX Micro USB

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge/S7/S6 Edge/S6/Note 5, Kindle

Pros

You get a range of lengths to suit your needs

High data transfer speed puts them in the big leagues

They also deliver high-speed charging

Robust braiding for a long lifespan

Cons

The JSAUX three-pack micro USB cables does all the things you want a three-pack of micro USB cables to do, just slightly better, and with a dash more style.

Data transfer speeds of 480Mbps are present and correct. They carry up to 2.4A, so high-speed charging is available to you through these cables.

Neatly, the three-pack of cables includes one at each of the most common lengths – a 3 feet, a 6 feet, and a 10 feet option. That means you can choose the perfect cable for the job, every time.

The tangle-free nylon braid of the cable boasts a 15,000 bend lifespan, and an 18-month warranty means you can afford to put the JSAUX cables through their paces.

04
Best Value
NetDot Gen 7 2 in 1

NetDot Gen 7 2-in-1

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Samsung galaxy s7 edge, Apple iphone 6s plus, Apple iphone 5, Apple iphone 5s, Samsung galaxy s7, Apple iphone 6 plus

Color

3.3 Feet / 3 Pack Gray

Pros

Works for both Androids and Apples

Magnetic, so easy to make the connections you want

High-speed charging and data transfer

Cons

Only available in a 3.3 feet version

Only 12-months of warranty cover

NetDot makes its mark with its versatility. Its Gen 7 2-in-1 allows you to charge both Apple and Android devices, at the drop of a head.

It allows rapid charging and fast data transfer, though it’s a little fiddly, using magnets to connect the right charging head. Handy to have, it’s hampered by only being available in a 3.3 feet version, and its warranty is only good for 12 months.

05
Budget Pick
CableCreation Micro USB Cable

CableCreation Micro USB Cable

Connector Type

Micro Usb, Usb 2.0

Cable Type

USB

Compatible Devices

Tablet, Smartphone

Color

R-Angle Micro BM

Pros

10 feet version

Data transfer at 480Mbps

Right-angled connector can be extremely convenient

Impressive lifetime warranty

Cons

Charging speed less than some others on the list

CableCreation does a lot right with its Micro USB cable. It includes a 10 feet version, allows for fast data transfer at 480Mbps, and gives a right-angled option to users who need one.
Its charging speed leaves a little to be desired compared to some cables on our list, though, and there’s a contentious issue over making sure you buy the version that faces the right way for your normal set-up.

You can’t fault the CableCreation warranty game though – like only the leader of our list, it features a lifetime warranty, which helps to put it onto our list. If you’re in the market for a right-angled micro USB cable, the CableCreation is the best one we found that will meet your needs.

Final Word

The micro USB cable that’s right for you will depend upon your specific needs, but there’s something here for almost every user.

While the Syncwire and the Anker are significantly ahead of the pack, the JSAUX does a lot of what you need and adds some style, while the DotNet and the CableCreation will be perfect for users with specific Micro USB cable needs.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

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Steve is obsessed with technology and the difference it makes to everyday life. having grown up with PCs since he was a kid, he was fortunate to have parents who worked in the industry, giving him access to computers when he should have been outside more! Steve loves obsessing over comparing different types of tech and working out which performs better.

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