Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 

zyo

437 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 2339775 17-Oct-2019 14:18
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

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?

 

 

 

 

USB Cable or long/strong men?

 

 

 

Jokes aside, UGreen has really good cables, you can find them on Aliexpress

 

https://www.ugreen.com.cn/collections/micro-usb-cable/products/2-4a-micro-usb-fast-charge-cable?variant=15398986252333


70 posts

Master Geek


  # 2339861 17-Oct-2019 16:01
Send private message quote this post

fe31nz:

 

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.

 

 

Braided copper isn't braided cable, it's braided shielding. 

 

Braided cable refers to the sleeve, PVC is prone to splitting when repeatedly flexed.  

 

 

 

Cables that experience repeated flexing usually use a spirally wrapped shield rather than a braid.  Micro-USB cables fall into this category and I've never seen one with braided copper.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


89 posts

Master Geek


  # 2339872 17-Oct-2019 16:27
2 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

Do the cables actually break/wear out or is it the connection that has a problem?

 

I've found that particularly micro-USB and even worse lightning cables - can exhibit intermittent problems related to the power port on phones rather than the cables themselves.

 

As an experiment get a sharp tooth-pick or other non metal small sharp object and just clear out your phones power port (where you plug the cable in). just stick it in carefully and clean it out around the edge.

 

You'll be surprised at how much lint and dust and crap you can get out - it literally just keeps on coming if you've had your phone a while and haven't cleaned it out.

 

After that my cables work a treat. 

 

When I first realized this, I thought my phone was busted and was getting ready to just replace it. At first I had to wiggle the charge cable to get it to charge, then it would only charge in a specific position and woe betide anyone touch it whilst charging, then it just stopped charging at all. 

 

Did the above with a toothpick and I kid you not the grey pocket lint just kept coming.

 

Of course, I do carry my phone around in my pocket... so not altogether surprising.

 

 




1810 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2340009 18-Oct-2019 09:04
Send private message quote this post

grimwulf:

 

Do the cables actually break/wear out or is it the connection that has a problem?

 

 

Well for me when I have troubles with a cable I usually try a different cable and that fixes the problem. But I'll certainly try cleaning the port with a toothpick as I too carry my phone in my jeans pocket.


28439 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2340599 19-Oct-2019 14:02
Send private message quote this post

What do do you do to your cables?? I think I've destroyed one cable in the last 5 years and that was an Anker in the micro USB days that the end simple broke after probably 2 years use.

 

Since my phone and laptop are now USB-C I only ever use USB-C to USB-C cables, and use JSAUX USB-C to USB-C cables that I got from Amazon that have had pretty extensive use, incl one in my travel bag that's coiled and uncoiled multiple times per week and I've never had a single issue.

 

For connectivity between my phone and powerbank I use short Veckle silicon cables.

 

 

 

 

 

 


552 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 2340629 19-Oct-2019 15:40
Send private message quote this post

grimwulf:

 

I've found that particularly micro-USB and even worse lightning cables - can exhibit intermittent problems related to the power port on phones rather than the cables themselves.

 

As an experiment get a sharp tooth-pick or other non metal small sharp object and just clear out your phones power port (where you plug the cable in). just stick it in carefully and clean it out around the edge.

 

You'll be surprised at how much lint and dust and crap you can get out - it literally just keeps on coming if you've had your phone a while and haven't cleaned it out.

 

After that my cables work a treat. 

 

 

I can't agree with the above more strongly. I swapped cables and even bought a brand new Anker cable only to realise the issues I'd been having was simply too much lint in my iPhone's lightning port all along. I also did the toothpick trick and heaps of lint fell out. As a result, even the worst cable I own works just fine.

 

For lightning ports a good check is to attempt to plug in the cable. If you don't feel a slight click (and you can also visually see the outer part of the plug isn't snugly fitted to the edge of the device) then you probably have too much lint preventing the male part from going all the way in. This was the case with mine. Now I feel the click and all my cables (and the others I have access to at work) fit snugly, even the cheapo ones.




1810 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2341193 21-Oct-2019 09:33
Send private message quote this post

KiwiSurfer:

 

grimwulf:

 

I've found that particularly micro-USB and even worse lightning cables - can exhibit intermittent problems related to the power port on phones rather than the cables themselves.

 

As an experiment get a sharp tooth-pick or other non metal small sharp object and just clear out your phones power port (where you plug the cable in). just stick it in carefully and clean it out around the edge.

 

You'll be surprised at how much lint and dust and crap you can get out - it literally just keeps on coming if you've had your phone a while and haven't cleaned it out.

 

After that my cables work a treat. 

 

 

I can't agree with the above more strongly. I swapped cables and even bought a brand new Anker cable only to realise the issues I'd been having was simply too much lint in my iPhone's lightning port all along. I also did the toothpick trick and heaps of lint fell out. As a result, even the worst cable I own works just fine.

 

For lightning ports a good check is to attempt to plug in the cable. If you don't feel a slight click (and you can also visually see the outer part of the plug isn't snugly fitted to the edge of the device) then you probably have too much lint preventing the male part from going all the way in. This was the case with mine. Now I feel the click and all my cables (and the others I have access to at work) fit snugly, even the cheapo ones.

 

 

I tried cleaning out the power on my phone and couldn't get anything to come out other than a little dust. Maybe the lint problem is more of a problem with lightning ports than micro USB.


 
 
 
 


225 posts

Master Geek


  # 2367728 3-Dec-2019 16:06
Send private message quote this post

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/

 

 

 

 

A bit risky as the ports without it being plugged is water resistant, plugging something in might cause an issue if you spill something over it


1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32


Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30


Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01


NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00


New Zealand Rugby Selects AWS-Powered Analytics for Deeper Game Insights
Posted 5-Dec-2019 11:33


IMAGR and Farro bring checkout-less supermarket shopping to New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2019 09:07


Wellington Airport becomes first 5G connected airport in the country
Posted 3-Dec-2019 08:42


MetService secures Al Jazeera as a new weather client
Posted 28-Nov-2019 09:40


NZ a top 10 connected nation with stage one of ultra-fast broadband roll-out completed
Posted 24-Nov-2019 14:15


Microsoft Translator understands te reo Māori
Posted 22-Nov-2019 08:46


Chorus to launch Hyperfibre service
Posted 18-Nov-2019 15:00


Microsoft launches first Experience Center worldwide for Asia Pacific in Singapore
Posted 13-Nov-2019 13:08


Disney+ comes to LG Smart TVs
Posted 13-Nov-2019 12:55


Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19


Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.