From March 2011 to July 2014, I was the accessories editor at . During my tenure, I reviewed more than 1,000 products, including dozens upon dozens of Lightning cables—cables from Apple and third parties alike, officially licensed cords, and knockoffs. Some were great and others literally fell apart in my hands. Since then I’ve tested more than 100 more Lightning cables, giving me a solid insight into what to look for.
That said, plenty of cables fulfill those criteria, and the differences in price and functionality between good cables is small. Though we could spends dozens of additional hours researching and testing more cables to find minute differences, we’d never be able to test them all, and even if we were to do so, the good ones would test similarly. In addition, because cables are such a commodity product, we had to change our previous top picks several times because companies such as Monoprice and Amazon routinely discontinue cables and replace them with different models, or they change (sometimes silently) the construction or components.
The UBYTE-2 has yet to bettered by a commercially available Cablein the Mid-Price Range up to at least 30-50 Dollar Meter. Ihave not yet been able to try even more expensive cables in ahead to head test....
There also isn't much sense to the idea of buying more expensive cables because they last longer. There's no proof of this, for one, and it doesn't make economic sense either. If a $2 cable lasts two years, you can replace it 10 times (20 years!) before a $20 cable makes sense. And chances are that $2 cable will last just as long, if not longer, than the $20 cable anyway.