Tips to Consider Before Buying a USB Charging Cable
Each and every one of us has a USB Charging Cable. At the very least, you’ve probably used one at some point in your life.
Using a USB cable to charge your smartphone and other USB-compatible devices is another option.
Even if a new device comes pre-loaded with a USB cable, some people may need to buy a new one because they lost their old one or it stopped working properly.
In the process of purchasing cables, many people simply go online or to a store and pick any cable that they find visually appealing without taking into account other important factors.
After reading this article, you should no longer be in this situation. We’ll go over six things to look out for before buying one for people who haven’t purchased a cable yet.
Your intended use will determine the type, size, and length of the USB Charging Cable to buy.
Only a fast charging cable should be used to charge your smartphone or other devices if that is all you plan on doing with the cable.
A USB data transfer cable is your best bet when shopping for a cable if you only want to use it for data transfer (and not charging).
Data transfer cables typically have four wires, whereas charge-only USB cables have only two wires.
There is a lot to talk about the differences between data transfer USB cables and charge-only USB cables, but in short: A charge-only fast-charging USB cable is the best option to buy as a car accessory because it will only be used to charge your smartphone.
Brand of USB Charging Cable
When shopping for a USB Charging Cable, look for well-known brands when buying from an online or offline retailer.
As a general rule, it is advisable to buy cables from the same manufacturer as the device you plan on using them with.
The only USB cable you should use with your Samsung smartphone is one sold by an authorized Samsung retailer.
Another reputable accessory manufacturer also sells USB cables.
To avoid purchasing a counterfeit cable that is unable to perform its intended function, make sure to read reviews first.
Invest in a reputable USB cable. Invest in a USB Type-C cable that is certified.
It’s difficult to judge the product’s quality by its appearance alone. Therefore, USB-IF cables are recommended.
To maintain the highest level of quality, these certified cables are put through a series of rigorous tests.
Cost of USB Charging Cable
One of the major factors to consider when purchasing a USB Charging Cable is the cost.
As a general rule, USB cables aren’t that pricey, to begin with.
The cost of cables can vary widely depending on several factors, including length, thickness, quality, brand, longevity, and the overall design.
Your spending power and your budget will determine the amount of money you spend on a cable.
In general, though, the higher the cable price, the better the quality will be.
The act of repeatedly folding or coiling USB cables to fit them into pockets, bags, purses, etc., is considered one of the leading causes of USB Charging Cable damage.
Doing so causes the cable’s connectors and wires to wear or break down.
As a side effect of this constant coiling, USB cables lose their pins and break at both ends, resulting in slower charging times and non-recognition by a PC.
Kevlar USB Charging Cable
To avoid this, be on the lookout for Kevlar-coated USB Charging Cable (an exceptionally strong, light, manufactured fiber used to strengthen cables).
It’s also good to make sure that any USB cable you buy at the store or add to your cart has been properly reinforced at critical stress points, such as the end that connects to your device and another end that connects to an adapter or any other USB port.
Flat USB Charging Cable
Because the wires/conductors in flat cables are kept in parallel rather than twisted together as they are in round cables, flat cables help to reduce wire wear.
If you’re looking to keep your flat cable’s electrical quality intact, this means that the wires within the cable are stable and stationary (i.e., they don’t move, even when folded).
Before purchasing a USB Charging Cable, check its length is good.
If your outlet is a long way from your bed, couch, or workstation, a long cable will come in handy.
A long cable allows you to use your phone while charging, no matter how far away your power outlet is.
However, if you intend to charge your phone at a high rate, you should avoid purchasing a long USB cable.
This is because experimentally proven that long USB cables take longer to charge a battery than shorter and medium-length USB cables.
You can, of course, purchase a long cable if you only intend to use it for data transfer. Otherwise, you should spend your money on a medium-sized USB cable.
The Thickness of the USB Charging Cable
Last but not least, when you want to purchase a new USB Charging Cable, opt for thick external wire USB cables rather than thin ones.
As a general rule, thicker cables have larger/thicker wires inside than thinner cables.
Thick wires carry more current, so your device’s battery gets more juice from them.
Faster data transfer and throughput are also made possible by thicker cables.
Slim cables are notoriously inefficient at charging and transferring data because of the heat they generate during use.
You shouldn’t have any issues with your USB cables anymore now that you’re aware of some important properties to look for in a USB cable.
Please leave a message in the comment section below if you have any concerns, suggestions, or clarifications.
And again, I must always choose reputable cable brands and don’t waste your money on cheap and useless products that will cause great damage to your electronic devices and sometimes lead to exploding the batteries.