USB-C port has become quite common over the last few years. It’s present on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, TWS earbuds, power banks, smartwatch chargers, etc. So you are bound to deal with USB-C cables daily, whether you are charging a device or transferring data from one to another. But not all USB-C cables are the same. One USB C cable can be suitable for charging but not great for data transfer. Several factors impact the suitability of any USB C cable for a particular task. But you don’t have to worry about these things because I am here.
I have handpicked the best USB C cables for charging or data transfer. My recommendations are also divided into USB-A to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C cables, as you may need one type for some devices and another type for some devices. So pick the ones that satisfy your needs.
USB C to USB C cables
Best USB C to USB C cables for charging
Belkin CAB003 USB-C to USB-C cable
The Belkin CAB003 is a fantastic cable for charging your devices. It comes in one-meter size, and you can choose between PVC and braided jackets. The braided jacket is slightly expensive as it’s more durable. The cable supports 3A power output, which is more than enough for most fast chargers. If you want to be sure, you can check the charger for output details, and it will mention the maximum amperage it’s going to push. But as I said, most smartphone and laptop chargers output around 3A.
CableCreation USB-C to USB-C cable
This CableCreation cable is a good option if you need a large cable for charging, probably for use with a laptop. It comes in a 10 feet size, enough for most situations. Additionally, it supports up to 3A power output, but it can’t do more than 60W. So if you need a cable to deliver 90W or 100W, this is not the cable for you. That said, it’s good for most phones, tablets, all accessories, and pretty much every ultrabook. The cable is also braided for durability.
Baseus CATWJ-A01 USB-C to USB-C cable
If you need a USB-C to USB-C that supports up to 5A and 100W of power output, the Baseus cable is your best friend. Simply put, you can use this cable to fast charge any USB-C device with you right now. In addition, the cable has nylon braiding for durability, and you can get it in a two-meter size.
Best USB C to USB C cables for data transfer
CableCreation CC0719 USB-C to USB-C Cable
If you need a single cable that is fast-charge capable and superb for data transfer, this CableCreation USB-C cable is excellent. It supports up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds and up to 100W charging. Unfortunately, it’s only one foot in size. But if you are only planning to attach a portable drive to your laptop, this length is enough.
AmazonBasics USB Type C to USB Type C 3.1 Gen1 Cable
Although not as fast in data transfer as the CableCreation USB-C cable, this AmazonBasic USB-C to USB-C cable supports up to 5Gbps speeds. This is a fairly reasonable speed unless you frequently transfer large chunks of data using a USB-C cable. Among other features, it supports 3A of power delivery, enough to fast charge most devices.
Cable Matters Thunderbolt 4 Cable
The Cable Matters Thunderbolt 4 cable can deliver up to 40Gbps data transfer speeds. And since Thunderbolt 4 is fully compatible with USB4, you can use it with non-thunderbolt USB ports as well. When used to non-Thunderbolt USB ports, you can expect up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds.
Moreover, the cable supports up to 100W of power delivery, and you can use it for video output to your monitor. This is the most future-proof cable you can buy right now.
USB A to USB C cables
Best USB A to USB C cables for charging
Mi Braided USB Type-C Cable
Xiaomi’s Mi Braided USB Type-C Cable is a no-frills option for anyone looking to buy a USB-A to Type-C cable capable of supporting fast charging. It can deliver up to 3A of power, enough to fast charge most devices. Moreover, as its name suggests, the cable has a braided jacket for durability. It comes in a single one-meter size. Unfortunately, you only get six months warranty with it.
Belkin 2.0 USB-A to USB-C Charge Cable
Belkin makes high-quality mobile accessories, and this USB-C cable is no exception. It supports 3A of power delivery, which is plenty to satisfy most devices’ fast charging needs. Furthermore, you get a two-year warranty, and the cable is available in a six-foot size.
Best USB A to USB C cables for data transfer
Belkin Type C to USB-A Super Speed Cable
This Belkin USB-C cable is excellent for data transfer as it supports up to 10Gbps of data transfer rate. The cable is also capable of delivering 3A of power, making it a good option for fast charging as well. It’s available in a 3-foot size, and you get a two-year warranty.
These are the best USB-C to USB-C and USB-A to USB-C cables that you can buy in India. If you are also interested in chargers, I recently published an article on the best iPhone chargers–check it out.