The folks at Native Union have created a splash with the "why hasn't anyone done this already" Night Cable, a 10-foot USB charging cable with a weighted knot to keep it from slipping off the table when it's not connected. But at $40, it's pricey enough to send us seeking alternatives -- and looking for some other cool charging options, too.
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To be clear, the Night Cable isn't the first -- or only -- long charging cable available. ZeroLemon has made-for-iPhone-certified cables available in lengths of 10 and 16.5 feet for as little as $10 on Amazon, where they've garnered hundreds of positive user reviews. (The nylon model shown here costs a bit more.)
This do-it-all Betrlyfe breakout cable set has Lightning, 30-pin, and micro-USB all connected by braided cable to ensure the utmost protection of your gear -- perfect for those who have old and new Apple gear, as well as Android phones or any other accessories.
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This Incipio dual car charger has a built-in Lightning cable with 2.4 amps of power (enough juice to charge an iPad), as well as an extra 1-amp USB port to charge phones or other small gadgets of any variety.
The Nomad ChargeKey is a mobile keychain solution to your charging woes. It has an Apple Lightning cable on one end and a standard USB cable on the other end, and it's recently been updated to a stronger design shown here. Non-Apple users can also pick up the micro-USB model as well.