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Does Apple's Smart Battery Case come with a charging cable?

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Does Apple's Smart Battery Case come with a charging cable?

Best answer: Apple's new Smart Battery Cases do not come with a charging cable, instead relying on Lightning cables or wireless chargers that you already have.Black: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)White: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)Pink Sand: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab)Black: iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)White: iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)Pink Sand: iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab)Black: iPhone XR Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)White: Phone XR Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)

The Smart Battery Case is the only thing in the box

Since first launching the Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6s, Apple hasn't included a charging cable in the box for the accessory, instead instructing customers to use the Lightning cable that came with their iPhone. This makes sense, as it saves Apple a little money, and if you have an iPhone, you'll have at least one charging cable.

You can also charge your Smart Battery Case faster by using a Lightning-to-USB-C cable (opens in new tab) plugged into Apple's USB-C Power Adapter, which can provide 18 or more watts of power.

Do you even need a charging cable?

The new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max all feature support for Qi wireless charging. This allows you to charge both your case and the iPhone in it at the same time. Just place your iPhone in its Smart Battery Case onto your wireless charger as you normally would, and you should be good to go.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.