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# 181277 8-Oct-2015 21:10
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My micro usb cable that was included with my note 5 stopped fast charging and spark forced me to buy a new plain black spark branded cable that broke within 2 days. Yesterday I purchased a belkin cable and today it doesn't fit correctly and only charges when I sit the phone down right.

Doe's anyone recommend a cable that can last upwards of a week without magically becoming unusable.

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  # 1402709 8-Oct-2015 21:16
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If multiple cables wont work then it is more likly to be the socket has become damaged or similar rather than all the cables. The spark ones and belkin are not crap, just really overpriced for a cable that should only cost a dollar or 2.

Go to a $2 shop and get the flat noodley one. I have many of them, minimal voltage drop, work on all my devices and seem to hold up ok.




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  # 1402710 8-Oct-2015 21:22
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richms: If multiple cables wont work then it is more likly to be the socket has become damaged or similar rather than all the cables. The spark ones and belkin are not crap, just really overpriced for a cable that should only cost a dollar or 2.

Go to a $2 shop and get the flat noodley one. I have many of them, minimal voltage drop, work on all my devices and seem to hold up ok.
The socket was all good when I had the spark one but I snapped it inside another phone. First problem with the belkin is the usb logo is on the wrong side for these Samsung's so it's annoying every time I went to plug it in before it stopped working (Twice) But I will check out the $2 shop and stock up.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1402767 8-Oct-2015 22:35
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My Dell Venue tablet eats up USB cables, especially the ones it came with - pushing in the two 'teeth' so it only charges when inserted in a certain angle.

I bought a couple of these from Ali Express and it has been trouble free for a couple of months now.  Excellent quality, easy to insert, stays in and no charging issues:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Black-USB-Cable-Micro-Mobile-Phone-Cable-1m-Fast-Charging-Data-Sync-Cable-Strong-Best-Micro/1997882400.html

I bought this from trademe last week for a couple of dollars, it seems ok quality but is a very tight squeeze into the micro-usb slot ( I won't be using it in Venue 11 in case it damages the socket) Might be worth a try though, they normally sell for less than $3:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/mobile-phones/accessories/cables/auction-961273898.htm


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  # 1402832 9-Oct-2015 08:07
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I recommend cables in this thread. Cables make a big difference to charge rate.

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  # 1402859 9-Oct-2015 08:50
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I bought a pack of 5 from monoprice.com based on a lifehacker article. They have been really good.

I did find one of my old devices had a bung port that would flatten the little pointy bits on the cable plug, rendering them useless. That device went in the bin.

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  # 1402869 9-Oct-2015 09:15
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On many of my cables I've filed the pointy bits a little because they had far too much grip. The amount of it seems absurd on some devices.




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  # 1411549 23-Oct-2015 10:18
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I noticed that if the cable is too thin you can't charge with the full power, because of the heat loss of the small cables. I did the comparison, on some thinner cables I only managed to charge my phone with .5 A whereas with thicker cables it managed the promised 2Amps

 
 
 
 


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  # 1411649 23-Oct-2015 10:51
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benokobi:  First problem with the belkin is the usb logo is on the wrong side for these Samsung's so it's annoying every time I went to plug it in before it stopped working (Twice)


Are you saying you forced it in upside down and now it's got issues?

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  # 1411713 23-Oct-2015 11:32
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Similar experience to the linked thread: I tested the charging rate on my Nexus 5 with several dozen micro-usb cables of varying quality, and ended up throwing almost all of them out. Unfortunately none of the variety I bought from dealextreme for testing were much good, but neither were several name brand local ones - most of them charged at less than 1amp, and some did just a couple hundred milliamps.

I'd heard good things about the monoprice ones too but I now use these Anker usb cables as well as a few longer ones from their range which I was able to add to an Anker charger order. They were definitely the best ones I tried, but unfortunately it looks like Amazon no longer ship any Anker products to NZ.

I would definitely recommend everyone does a check on their current cables with a charging rate app/widget though - appearances are often unrelated to charging speed, and one of the cables I tested charged my phone around ten times slower than the Anker ones.

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  # 1423397 9-Nov-2015 00:34
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I would like to get either Anker or Monoprice cables, But Amazon isnt shipping Anker to nz, and monoprice wants to charge near $50 for shipping :(

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  # 1423398 9-Nov-2015 00:38
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Sometimes the cheap cables are poor I have found, and temperamental. Even if you paid a high price, it doesn't mean that it isn't a cheap cable, just that the retailer may be making big margins.

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  # 1423451 9-Nov-2015 09:12
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Jaxson:
benokobi:  First problem with the belkin is the usb logo is on the wrong side for these Samsung's so it's annoying every time I went to plug it in before it stopped working (Twice)


Are you saying you forced it in upside down and now it's got issues?


I thought there was a standard as far as what side the logo had to be on? 

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  # 1423453 9-Nov-2015 09:19
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timmmay: I recommend cables in this thread. Cables make a big difference to charge rate.


100% Agree with this.

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  # 1423500 9-Nov-2015 09:40
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Wade:
Jaxson:
benokobi:  First problem with the belkin is the usb logo is on the wrong side for these Samsung's so it's annoying every time I went to plug it in before it stopped working (Twice)


Are you saying you forced it in upside down and now it's got issues?


I thought there was a standard as far as what side the logo had to be on? 


There are plenty of standards for USB that are just ignored by manufacturers. Particually ones around clearance.




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  # 1423502 9-Nov-2015 09:41
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http://www.amazon.com/Anker-5-Pack-Premium-Assorted-Lengths/dp/B00MLSY6MM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1447015192&sr=8-2&keywords=anker+microusb

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I have about 3 packs of these, I wouldn't use anything else now, by choice. I pair it with the anker 6 Port USB Chargers, fantastic.

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