Review: The 3 Most Durable Lightning Cable Options from Nomad

For many iPhone users, the best iPhone charging cable is the most durable lightning cable. Just in time for the power outages dotting our neighborhood, thanks to 80 miles-per-hour winds, I had the chance to use the Ultra Rugged Cable (starting at $29.95) from Nomad. There are several options for the cables, but they are all seriously durable.


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There is a charging cable model that has a microUSB end with Lightning cable adapter or USB-C adaptor. The adaptor is attached to the cable, so you can't lose it. What really came in handy was the Inline Battery model. It works as a high-quality sync and heavy-duty Lightning cable, with a twist. It has a cylindrical battery built right in to the Lightning cable, so you can't lose it. 


Given all these features, Nomad's heavy-duty Lightning cables cables are surprisingly affordable. The braided Lightning cable is also fashionable, with a herringbone gray/black pattern; but I would like to see more color choices so I can keep track of which one is mine, as I'm likely to get one for each family member!


  • One of the most durable Lightning cables out there
  • Universal option for Lightning or microUSB or USB-C
  • Inline Battery Option
  • Affordable


  • More color choices would be nice

Final Verdict

If you need a cable and a battery pack, get both in one with the Ultra Rugged Battery Cable from Nomad. 

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.