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#189580 5-Jan-2016 12:01
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Anyone know of somewhere in NZ with _reasonable_ priced fast charge micro USB cables?

Amazon has a variety of reasonable cables in the USD$1-2/cable price range for high amp, brand name cables, but either won't ship to NZ, or wants an arm and a leg for shipping.

I can't even find anywhere in NZ that explicitly advertises micro USB cables with 2-3 amp capacity.








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  #1461793 5-Jan-2016 16:25
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I dont know of any, sorry, but surely with cables, since they likely come in quite small boxes, would it not be worth while ordering say 4 or so of them and shipping them via youshop?

I haven't looked at what these cost locally, but chances are it'll be a bit cheaper. With that said, I personally got stung by youshop last time I used it, but only because the item I purchased came in a much larger box than I had expected, so there's that.





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  #1461800 5-Jan-2016 16:42
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Keep the thread informed if you find anywhere as I need some slightly longer ones to sort out my charging area.




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  #1462012 5-Jan-2016 22:29
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Ditto.

I just binned the one in my car. It was causing my phone to discharge faster when I plugged it in. When I plugged my ammeter in, it showed 0.05A...


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  #1462015 5-Jan-2016 22:32
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Order yourself a charger doctor off ebay or aliexpress and that will show you what's happening easier than messing about with an ammeter.

Just watch the supported voltages. I toasted my cheap one on my QC 2.0 car charger when it kicked up to 9V for the note4.




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  #1462575 6-Jan-2016 19:08
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Lias: Anyone know of somewhere in NZ with _reasonable_ priced fast charge micro USB cables?

Amazon has a variety of reasonable cables in the USD$1-2/cable price range for high amp, brand name cables, but either won't ship to NZ, or wants an arm and a leg for shipping.

I can't even find anywhere in NZ that explicitly advertises micro USB cables with 2-3 amp capacity.






What do you consider to be "reasonable" ?

Bearing in mind that the items need to be imported, duty paid, freight paid etc?

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  #1462579 6-Jan-2016 19:17
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I got a couple of $5 ones at DS today, the say 2.4 amps on them. Will see later on what the tablet makes of them.




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  #1462582 6-Jan-2016 19:21
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I won't buy anything except Anker now. I have 4 boxes of the 5 packs, and I think I have pretty much got rid of everything else. They were $10 on special, but I'd pay twice that. I am fortunate I am either in the US or know someone who is, most of the time, so they will bring little things like that back. 

Anker have not put a foot wrong for me since I tried their stuff. Support has been excellent too. 

 
 
 
 


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  #1462587 6-Jan-2016 19:24
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The cables are fine, the multiport charger however.... I need some longer ones tho so I can actually pick the phone/table up off the bedside and use it when it is charging. Thats what I have had problems finding.




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  #1462590 6-Jan-2016 19:29
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Not brand name or anything but does at least state it supports up to 3A for 1m at $9

http://www.trademe.co.nz/mobile-phones/accessories/cables/auction-1010517635.htm

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  #1462599 6-Jan-2016 19:46
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richms: I got a couple of $5 ones at DS today, the say 2.4 amps on them. Will see later on what the tablet makes of them.

I've brought 5 of these - they allow our phone phones and tablets to charge really fast! Brilliant in the car if I've got something battery intensive such as Ulysse Speedometer running.

Edit: 5 x 1.5m (4 in the house, one in the car as a spare) and 1 x 0.3m (in the car)

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I have just ordered a few new micro USB cables from aliexpress. The thing to search for is "20awg USB cable". They are around $2-3USD. I did a bit of looking around before I stumbled upon this post

http://goughlui.com/2014/10/01/usb-cable-resistance-why-your-phonetablet-might-be-charging-slow/

Sorry no link as I'm posting on mobile site.

Basically, keep your cable short (<1m) if you want fast charging.

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  #1474296 19-Jan-2016 07:13
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Related thread and cable recommendation. Monoprice cables work very well, and strangely monoprice ("one price") has tiered pricing.

 

 

 

Though interestingly the monoprice cable with a Belkin charger that does 1500mah or so with my phone does a lot less with my new Lenovo tablet. Interesting charge behavior though:

 

 - Monoprice cable/Belkin dual charger: slow

 

 - Monoprice cable with my old TF101 charger is a little better, but slow

 

 - Lenovo cable with the Belkin dual charger is slow

 

 - Lenovo cable with the TF101 charger is really really fast.

 

I have no idea why - anyone else?

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  #1474303 19-Jan-2016 07:35
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Are both cables actually data cables? I have come across many cables that only have the power pins connected and the data ones are either floating or shorted at the microusb end.




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  #1474308 19-Jan-2016 07:58
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richms: Are both cables actually data cables? I have come across many cables that only have the power pins connected and the data ones are either floating or shorted at the microusb end.

 

 

 

The monoprice cable is a data and charging cable. Not a clue about the Lenovo cable. I don't know how to check.

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  #1474312 19-Jan-2016 08:04
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Plug something into a PC with it and see if it works.




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