Once we have known the types of USB cables that we can find on the market, we are going to see what characteristics we must take into account before launching ourselves to buy any one in a desperate way.
Tips before you buy
Most likely, we have more than one USB cable at home, be it for our mobile, tablet or any other compatible device, which we can use both to charge it and to transfer content with our computer. In the event that we need to buy a USB cable, we must take into account some important factors.
- Use: depending on what we are going to use the cable for, it will determine the type we need, its size and length. If we want the cable to charge our mobile, it is important that it is compatible with fast charging, and if we want to transfer data to our computer, we must opt for a data transfer cable.
- Brand: when buying a cable we will surely find many different brands. Sometimes, it is recommended that you buy cables produced by the same brand as the device that we are going to use. We can also buy USB cables made by other manufacturers, but we must make sure that they are reliable.
- Construction materials: One of the most common causes of cable damage is because we repeatedly coil or bend it to fit it in a pocket or bag. By doing this, the connectors and wires that are included within the cable end up wearing out or breaking. In general, braided cables are the most resistant to this type of situation.
- Length: is another of the important properties before buying a cable. A long cable will be more useful if we are going to connect the device to a socket that is far from the bed, the sofa or the place where we work. However, we should not always buy a long cable, since it is also easier for it to break. Likewise, if we use it to charge the mobile, it has been experimentally shown that long USB cables take longer to charge a battery compared to shorter and medium-length cables. In addition, the larger the cable, the more expensive its price will be, so if the connector is close to us, we are spending more money than we should.
- Price: it is another of the most important factors when buying, although in general it is not an excessively expensive product. However, depending on properties such as its length, thickness, quality, brand or build quality, the price may vary. In general, the higher the cost of the cable, the higher its quality must also be.
Now yes, once we know the types of USB cables that we can find in the market and the characteristics that we must take into account before buying, we can go on to see what the best options are to buy.
USB-A to USB-A cables
To share information between two devices that connect through the USB-A standard, we can choose the following options:
Rankie: USB-A 3.0 cable
It is a high-performance cable that we can find in measures of 1.8, 3 and 4.5 meters. It can be used to connect computers with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports, to other USB peripherals. The cable features a fairly premium design, engineered with molded strain relief connectors for added durability. With it we can enjoy data transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps. Thanks to its combination of gold-plated connectors, copper conductors and cable shielding, we will obtain superior error-free performance and high charging speed.
Paxo: USB-A 3.1 cable
It is a cable compatible with the fastest current standard, USB 3.1 (USB 3.0) with which you can exchange data and charge devices with a USB-A connection socket. It is capable of super fast data transmission, with a excellent transfer speed up to 5 gbit/s, as well as advanced compatibility with older USB standards. We can buy it in different lengths like 30 centimeters, 1 meter, 2 meters and 3 meters. Its fabric coating makes it very flexible and is resistant to breakage when bent or stepped on.
USB-A to USB-C cables
We go on to see cables that have a USB-A type connection on one side and a USB-C connection on the other. They are the most common today because they serve both to charge and to connect the mobile or tablet.
RAMPOW: 3.1A USB cable
This USB-C cable is compatible with the USB 3.0 standard, which means it can transfer at speeds of up to 5 gbit/s, or up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. It also has compatibility with fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 allowing us to charge our phone at high speed. Its maximum power output for compatible devices is 5V/3A. Its manufacture has been carried out with superior quality materials, such as the nylon lining fabric ultra resistant to prevent the wiring from knotting and more resistant to daily use. In addition, it is built in one piece and the gold-plated contacts guarantee great stability and productivity.
UGREEN – Braided USB 3.0 Cable
We can buy this cable in different lengths such as 0.5 meters, 1 meter, 2 and 3 meters. It has fast charging compatibility with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0/2.0 support allowing you to charge mobiles, tablets and other compatible devices with a 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A charge. This USB C to USB A cable also supports data sync speed up to 480Mbps, and features a 56k ohm resistor, which ensures proper current discharge and protects our devices from damage caused by power failure. Besides, it’s made of braided nylon on the outside that offers maximum robustness and flexibility in daily use.
USB-C to USB-C cables
Next, we’re going to look at cables with two USB-C ports to be used with compatible devices, including phones, tablets and laptops.
SooPii: Supports 100W fast charging
This USB-C to USB-C cable is characterized by having a small LED indicator where you can see the charging power in real time and the charging status. Its built-in smart chips monitor charging power and adjust current and voltage automatically, preventing battery damage in case of unstable current. the cord is 100W fast charge compatible (20V 5A) and has maximum durability since it is made of resistant nylon so that we can use it for longer. We have it available in measures of 1.2 meters and 2 meters.
INIU: super fast charging cable
This cable has been specially built to last, as it features an exclusive FLYWEAVE braided layer of 28 AWG high-conductor wire- It also features flexible joints and a 3D laser-welded aluminum alloy connector. It has a 100W output powerbeing able to load an even wider bed of devices than 60W cables, including mobiles, tablets, Switch, among others.
USB-A to micro USB cables
Although the micro USB connection is increasingly in disuse, the truth is that we may have devices at home such as old headphones, mobile phones or tablets that require this type of connection.
Siwket: 3M Micro USB Cables
This cable has a length of 3 meters, so it is ideal for connecting our devices over a long distance. It has a very fast charging and data synchronization speed, since it uses 22 AWG tinned copper wire and supports charging speeds of up to 2.4 A, as well as data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps. It is protected by a durable braided sleeving made of nylon, being able to withstand 10,000 bending tests without getting tangled. Also, its good quality aluminum alloy casing not only offers excellent protection, but also a modern and elegant look.
JSAUX: Micro USB Cable 2 Pack
It is a pack consisting of two 2 meter long micro USB cables each. With this we will be able to achieve transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps and 2.4A charging, so we have a two-in-one device. The connector has been made of 3D aluminum and laser welding technology that guarantees that the metal part does not break. Plus, its nylon-braided cable adds extra tangle-free durability and withstands over 20,000 flex tests.
Lightning to USB-A cables
Lightning cables are especially used in Apple devices like iPhones and older iPads. To be able to connect them to the computer and transfer data and charge them, we will need this type of cable.
Amazon Basics: MFi Certified Charger
This lightning cable manufactured by Amazon itself has a chipset and MFi certification, so it is a safe and stable charging solution, being able to enjoy ultra-fast data transfers, synchronization and charging (up to 2.4 A). It also features wide-diameter, low-resistance cables to maximize charging speed. Its robust one-piece connectors are resistant to damage while ensuring a secure connection every time you plug them in. It is compatible with devices like iPhone, iPad, iPods and other Apple devices.
RAVIAD: nylon braided lightning cable
This lighting cable has mf certificateiy is available in three different lengths: 1.2, 1.8 and 3 meters in length. Manufactured with an original chip, it is capable of supporting fast charging (2.4A) to enable faster charging. It also has overload protection so that our devices are always safe. It is made of nylon on the outside so that it is tangle-free and much more durable. In addition, it can be bent at 90 degrees for more than 8,000 times so that it is highly resistant.
As we can see, we have a good number of options for the different types of USB cables that we can use depending on the characteristics of our device. As a USB-A to USB-A cable, we especially like the Paxo brand cable for its USB 3.1 connectivity.
If we talk about USB-A to USB-C cables, we like the RAMPOW brand for its fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 and its durability. As a USB-C to USB-C cable, we like the SooPii cable since it has an LED screen where you can see the charging speed and data transfer.
If we talk about USB-A to micro USB cables, the Siwket cable is a good option, resistant and fast. Of the cables with lightning connectivity, the Amazon Basic itself is safe and has fast charging.