And reader comments, along with customer reviews on sites such as Amazon. We of course plan to monitor long-term durability. For starters, USB type C cables are reversible; any way you plug in is the right way. Each has a hard-plastic casing holding the plug, with a slightly more flexible material covering the connection between the plug and the cable. Anker builds its PowerLine cables with Kevlar fiber and PVC strain-relief collars that should prevent fraying during normal use. The most evident is the sturdy housing around both USB connectors: Anker generally replaces broken goods without hassle as long as a problem occurs within the warranty period.

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All of this makes us confident in choosing—and recommending—Anker cables. As Apple has shown to our chagrin, type C is gearing to replace type A ports along with micro USB cables with double-ended connector cables. The easiest way to tell is that the USB cable plugs in one way and if you are not paying attention, odds are you will plug it in mico wrong way every once in a while.

What we did notice was if the cables started to come apart over extended use. Anker builds ussb PowerLine cables with Kevlar fiber and PVC strain-relief collars that should prevent fraying during normal use. From March to JulyI was the accessories editor at iLounge. Why you should trust me How we picked Our pick Long-term test notes Shorter and longer cables If you need a bunch of cables Also great Prolonging the life of your cables Footnotes Sources Why you should trust me From March to JulyI was the accessories editor at iLounge.

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Buying Options Buy from Amazon 5-pack May be out of stock. Comments are disabled We respect your privacy. As we said, micro USB usually comes in 2. The other end is the type B micro USB.

Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter. Everything we recommend Our pick. Some were great, and others literally fell apart in my hands. A bit of care can prolong the life of any cable.

Major smartphone brands are making the quantum leap from the ubiquitous Micro USB, an industry standard now for many years, to the much newer USB type C mocro. You can also send us a note or a tweetor find us on Facebook.

With many cables, the plug housing can be too large to fit in the port openings in some cases. Buy from Amazon May be out of stock.

Micro USB/USB-C/Lightning 2.0 Cable

The PowerLine cable is available in 6-foot and foot configurations, as well. As long as a cable was properly constructed—and most models from known, reputable vendors are—it worked great. The most evident is the sturdy housing around both USB connectors: And reader comments, along with customer reviews on sites such as Amazon. The popular USB 2. We also like short versions at a desk, where a USB port is likely close by and extra cable length merely adds to a messy desktop.

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The Best Micro-USB Cable: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company

Anker generally replaces broken goods without hassle as long as a problem occurs within the warranty period. For starters, USB type C cables are reversible; any way you plug in is the right way. A few devices still use USB 3. We use cookies and similar technologies to measure traffic, repeat visitors ussb site performance. Each has a hard-plastic casing holding the plug, with a slightly more flexible material covering the connection between the plug and the cable.

You can change your cookie preferences to enable comments. The Velcro strap cmorre Anker includes with each PowerLine cable is great for this, as the strap allows a loosely coiled cable to hold its shape for compact storage.

The Best Micro-USB Cable

Instead, for this update we looked for cables that let you transfer data and charge devices as quickly as possible, come from a reputable company at the right price, and have proven to be durable in long-term testing.

It can charge every Micro-USB—equipped device at full speed, it transfers data as rapidly as any other good cable, the cable is built to be sturdy, and Anker stands behind its products better than most companies do. Not sure which plugs are which?