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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.)

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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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These AmazonBasics Lightning cables can be purchased in lengths as short as 4 inches and as long as 6 feet.

We tried these out and can recommend them -- they're much more reliable than some of the bargain-basement knockoff Lightning cables you can find on Amazon's site.

Just note that their somewhat large Lightning housing won't fit into thick iPhone/iPad cases.

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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.

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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.

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Looking for other cool tech accessories that won't break the bank? In addition to cables, we've got plenty of cool headphones, speakers, and other gadgets you can snag for under $25.

Read: Best tech accessories under $25

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