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# 258704 16-Oct-2019 16:04
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I seem to wear out micro USB cables that I use with my phone on a regular basis (as in they either stop working or work intermittently). The ones that I use as home seem to last the longest, but the ones I use in my car or to connect a powerbank to my phone while I'm walking about seem to die somewhere between 2 and 6 months. I'm assuming that they're being constently flexed from my movement while I'm walking around (powerbank in my pocket and phone in my hand while playing Pokemon Go or Munzee).

 

I've tried both normal PVC coated cables and braided cables, makes no difference. I've read that braided are meant to be better but I can't really see how the outer coating can protect the inner wires from flexing. I also try to loosly coil the cables when not in use rather than tightly coil them, but this doesn't seem to help much.

 

Last year at the Big Boys Toys show there was a stand selling USB cables that came with a lifetime guarantee. I spoke to the lady on the stand and she assured me that if one of their cables broke then they'd replace it for free. I very nearly bought one but they were pretty expensive (I think something like $30 each or two for $50) and I thought it would be easy for them to just disappear and make the guarantee worthless. I've tried Googling them to find them again but the only outfit I can find is Lifetime of Power which might have been them.

 

Can anyone recommend a good strong cable for my needs? Mainly just for charging but would be a bonus if it did data as well.


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  # 2338297 16-Oct-2019 17:15
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I find Samsung branded cables last longest, which isn't saying much.    The plug ends either wear out or break.

 

 

 

Micro-USB is badly designed imho just like SATA was after IDE.


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  # 2338320 16-Oct-2019 17:33
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What about those magnetic tip ones? You leave the tip in the socket permanently and then the cable just connects magnetically.

 

Less pulling to disconnect, etc.

 

Edit: Like this - https://voltacharger.com/


 
 
 
 


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  # 2338546 17-Oct-2019 00:09
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MurrayM:

 

I've tried both normal PVC coated cables and braided cables, makes no difference. I've read that braided are meant to be better but I can't really see how the outer coating can protect the inner wires from flexing.

 

 

Braided cables should have braided copper inside the insulation.  But all USB cables really have to be braided or they would break in just a few days of use.  So I suspect that cables selling themselves as braided are just adding a buzz word to help their sales.

 

I had been having problems with the USB cable for my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet - it was very slow to charge and sometimes the plug did not even make contact properly and it did not charge at all.  So I splashed out on a Pudney & Lee replacement from JB HiFi.  It was $27.99, but it certainly looks much more robust, with a rather thicker cable.  And its plug fits exactly into the tablet's socket, instead of far too loosely.  It seems to have solved all my problems.  It is pretty stupid of Samsung to supply such bad cables with their chargers - not good for their reputation.

 

https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/computers-tablets/accessories/pudney/pudney-usb-a-to-micro-usb-2m-cable/297099/


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  # 2338548 17-Oct-2019 01:09
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chevrolux:

What about those magnetic tip ones? You leave the tip in the socket permanently and then the cable just connects magnetically.


Less pulling to disconnect, etc.


Edit: Like this - https://voltacharger.com/



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A few years ago I bought these: https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32887645165.html

Absolute bargain they are! We have a few devices with micro USB and usb-c plugs. Great for the car when it could be any device....just one cable! Have found they protect the port on your device too as you're not pulling on it any more.

Wouldn't go back.

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  # 2338562 17-Oct-2019 07:18
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I've never damaged a USB cable. Maybe you should charge it when you're still rather than when you're moving about?

 

These cables seems as good quality as anything. I use them at home, work, and in the car.




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  # 2338576 17-Oct-2019 08:05
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timmmay:

 

I've never damaged a USB cable. Maybe you should charge it when you're still rather than when you're moving about?

 

These cables seems as good quality as anything. I use them at home, work, and in the car.

 

 

I play a few mobile games that require you to move around (they're geo-location games) and are unfortunately very power hungry and would drain my phone's battery in an hour or two, hence the need for a power bank to keep the phone going while I'm playing (I like to spend a whole afternoon playing these games).

 

I'll check your suggested cables out.




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  # 2338577 17-Oct-2019 08:06
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chevrolux:

 

What about those magnetic tip ones? You leave the tip in the socket permanently and then the cable just connects magnetically.

 

Less pulling to disconnect, etc.

 

Edit: Like this - https://voltacharger.com/

 

 

I've never heard of those magnetic tip ones, very interesting! I'll look into them a bit more.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2338591 17-Oct-2019 08:33
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I've recently switched to Anker (https://www.anker.com/products/110/202/micro-usb-cables) for my lightning cables. They are long and strong. Just how I like my men.





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  # 2339610 17-Oct-2019 10:00
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Dulouz:

 

I've recently switched to Anker (https://www.anker.com/products/110/202/micro-usb-cables) for my lightning cables. They are long and strong. Just how I like my men.

 

 

Do you order them from America or is there a local supplier?


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  # 2339615 17-Oct-2019 10:05
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Watch the magnetic ones, they all seem to be designed poorly where the tip can contact incorrect metal and lead to a short circuit, and the magnet will hold it there.

 

I came back to find that one of the ones that I charge my games controllers with was hot and smoking because it had stuck sideways onto a screw that happened to be on the ground where it landed..





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  # 2339616 17-Oct-2019 10:06
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MurrayM:

 

Dulouz:

 

I've recently switched to Anker (https://www.anker.com/products/110/202/micro-usb-cables) for my lightning cables. They are long and strong. Just how I like my men.

 

 

Do you order them from America or is there a local supplier?

 

 

I purchased mine from https://www.trademe.co.nz/stores/epictech although they don't seem to have micro. DSE do though https://www.dicksmith.co.nz/dn/buy/anker-powerline-micro-usb-18m-black-a8133h12-anker/





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  # 2339708 17-Oct-2019 12:38
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Dulouz:

 

I purchased mine from https://www.trademe.co.nz/stores/epictech although they don't seem to have micro. DSE do though https://www.dicksmith.co.nz/dn/buy/anker-powerline-micro-usb-18m-black-a8133h12-anker/

 

 

Thanks for that, I've ordered one from Dick Smith.

 

I looked at the magnetic ones but then realised that I would have to buy at least three magnetic cables to replace the normal ones that I have at home, work and in the car, so the cost was going up.


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  # 2339715 17-Oct-2019 12:46
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Mightyape also now stocks Anker products.

 

 

 

Anker @ Mightape






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  # 2339745 17-Oct-2019 13:21
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I've been trying out some Belkin Duratek Plus cables recently (which they sent to me) and they seem to be well built. Of course they should be at RRP$40 - $50/each. 





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  # 2339750 17-Oct-2019 13:26
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Anker shipping to NZ is a pain - they seem to do it about a quarter of the time, and never when I actually need cables. I used to use Aukey (Anker knockoff, widely available on Aliexpress) but have had some bad experiences with cables failing. So I have recently switched to Nekteck chargers and cables, ordered from Amazon. The only bad thing I'd say about them is that they are so thick and strong they are ever so slightly unwieldy.


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