I would not be lying if I said that cables are one of the most abused phone accessories. From leaving them out under the hot sun in the car to yanking them out from the port, they see a lot of abuse from most of us. And in just a matter of a few months, you may either end up with a frayed cable or a loose connector. Luckily, there are several braided cables out there to come to your rescue.
These USB-C cables are strong and are resilient than regular cables. Plus, the braided exterior also keeps them from tangling, thus easing your work.
We have compiled some of the best-braided cables you can get for your Android phone or tablet with a USB-C port. Depending on your usage, you can either use them to transfer files or charge your phone faster.
If you are looking for a simple USB-A to USB-C cable to transfer files and to charge your phone at a moderate pace, the JSAUX USB-C cable proves to be a good buy. They have a solid build, thanks to the braided exterior and the extended strain relief. This design prevents the cable from fraying at odd points and also helps you grip the cable better.
This one supports up to 480Mbps data throughput and delivers charging speed up to 5V/3A, meaning you will get decent speed. Do note that if your phone supports charging in higher wattages, these cables won't cut it. The best option would be to look at USB-C 3.2 cables.
Plus, at 6.6ft, this cable gives you ample flexibility to route the cable as per your preference. Note that braided cables can be a little stiff than conventional cables.
If you are looking for a step up from the one above, you can have a peek at the AmazonBasics Nylon Braided cable in terms of charging speed and data transfer. This one is a SuperSpeed USB cable, and the transfer rate can go up to 5Gbps. Since it's a USB 3.2 Gen 1 cable, you can connect it to compatible devices such as notebooks and tablets. However, when it comes to charging, you will still get an output of 5V/3A. As noted earlier, it's not fast, but it gets your work done.
This cable has been well received by users primarily for the materials used and the sturdiness and durability it brings to the table. It has over 70% positive reviews, and Fakespot estimates more than 50% of these reviews are genuine and reliable.
As suggestive of its name, the cable is double braided. Though it adds to the cable's durability, it also means that the cable ends up being a little stiff, which makes it difficult to route or fold it as per your preference.
Another slight limitation is that the connectors are too long, preventing these cables from being used in the car as they do not bend easily at the endpoints. If you can live with these limitations, this AmazonBasics cable proves to be a good buy.
The highlight of this Aujey cable is the 90-degree angled connector and Power Delivery support. Yes, you read that right. When you connect it to a compatible USB-C Power Delivery adapter you will get power up to 60W, which is good enough to charge compact laptops like the MacBook Air and tablets like the Apple iPad. One of the main benefits of the right-angled connector is that it helps in better cable management. Plus, the angular connector prevents you from pressing down on the cable every time you type on your Mac or laptop.
The good thing is that the USB-C connectors stay anchored to the port no matter how much you move your phone/tablet. Simultaneously, the woven fabric in the wire's exterior prevents the cable from sharp bends, thus prolonging its life.
The data speed of 480Mbps gives you the wriggle room of using it to transfer contents to and fro from your phone or tablet.
Another USB-C cable with a premium build is the Anker Powerline+ III. The company claims that it can withstand around 35,000 bends without any splits or snags. Though nobody is keeping count, it's safe to say that the Powerline+ III cable will stay with you for a long time. Speaking of the specs, this one supports 60W high-speed charging when paired with a compatible phone and adapter and can transfer data in speeds as high as 480Mbp.
Another crux of this cable is the USB-IF certifications. For those uninitiated, USB-IF cables are tested by independent labs for safety and performance. Quite naturally, all these make the Powerline+ III slightly expensive than its counterparts above. On the upside, with the 6ft length, you get enough wriggle room to reach remote power outlets.
So far, users have praised this USB-C to USB-C cable for its performance, resilience, and durability.
If you want to go all-in and taste the best features, you should check out the USB-C cable by Choetech. It's a USB C 3.1 Gen 2 cable, so you can stay assured of this cable's transfer speed. For those uninitiated, SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps promises a theoretical speed up to 10Gbps. And that's not all. This cable also supports USB Power Delivery and delivers power up to 100W.
The fast charging speed means that you will use the same cable to charge your USB-PD compatible phone, tablet, and laptop. Less e-waste, you see
Last but not least, we have the USB-C cable from Nomad. Nomad cables are known for their high construction quality, and this one is no different. The cable is made of double-braided Kevlar and can withstand the test of time. You can say the same about the extended strain relief, which prevents the cable from fraying and splitting. What's more, Nomad also ships a silicon cable tie to well, tie up the cable when not in use.
And it's equally powerful. For one, it's a USB-C PD cable and can deliver power to compatible laptops up to 100W. Woah right? On the downside, it still packs USB 2.0 transfer speed.
It's well-built cable, and the length of 9ft m means that you do not have to sit near a power outlet to carry on your work.
A 5-year warranty further backs it.
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These USB-C cables are both durable and pack enough features to handle data transfers and phone charges. And to be honest, you'll also need to do your bit as well to keep in mint condition.
For instance, you can invest in some quality cable clips (like the Beluga Cable Clips) one from to route the cable to your desk to prevent them from rubbing against desk edges and the likes. Other than that, do make a note to tie them up neatly with cable ties when not in use.
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