AmazonBasics Retractable USB cable

This past weekend, as I packed for a road trip, I crammed my overnight bag full of clothes, toiletries, gadgets, and cables for all of my various devices. My side pocket looked like a robot spider had spun a USB web. It was a mess.

AmazonBasics’ Retractable USB Cable would have saved me a lot of hassle. It stretches to two feet in length, but when closed up, fits neatly into small compartments so you don’t have a tangled mess to deal with when you unpack.

The cord is Apple Certified to charge and sync with all iOS devices.

The plastic case houses two feet of cord inside with the USB and Lightning end sticking out on either side. You can adjust it to varying lengths, or extend it fully.

The cord itself is very thin so the entire length can fit snuggly into the small housing. However, Amazon user reviews note that it is still very durable, even though it is thinner than most USB cords.

The Lightning connector head is thin and Amazon claims it works with nearly all cases, though one user notes that it does not fit inside the Lifeproof case’s

AmazonBasics Apple Certified Retractable Lightning to USB Cable is available on Amazon in black or white and ranges in price between $13 and $15, depending on your color choice.