Avoid the temptation of cheap cables.
If you own an iPhone, or more specifically, an iPhone 5 or later, (5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6s, 6 plus or 6s Plus) what you may not know is, the cable you use to charge your iPhone may cause failures. (improper charge, poor battery life, or no power)
Not all cables are created equally. I have witnessed many power related issues from customers bringing in their iPhones caused by these knock off cables. These cheap, and let me emphasis on the word “cheap”, cables can cause more damage to your iPhone than they have saved you money.
The original Apple cable will cost between $25 and $40 depending on its length. So when a $10 (or many times less) cable is presented to you as the an alternative to your original cable, its hard not to take advantage of the savings. However, don’t be fooled, it is not the same as the original Apple cable. I have even had conversation where the cables cost only $0.99. The $0.99 cable was responsible for a failure that cost more than $300.
I’m not saying you have to purchase the Apple branded lightning cable for your iPhone. Some third part cable from reputable manufacture can also be an option. brands such as Belkin have been a manufacturing partner of Apple’s for many years, and make quality products. Just remember, If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.