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Posted by Bryan Liu

With the many electronic devices we have today, cables are seen everywhere. There are many different types despite the fact that most function the same way. Most of them are capable of not only charging but also transferring data.

With more frequent daily use, they are easy to tear and wear. And usually there is no option we can fix it but replace with an entire new one. Although cables are inexpensive, replacing one after another is always annoying. If there is a cable can last as long as our smartphone, or even longer, that would be very nice. This article has a brief introduction to the main types of modern USB cable, and lists some tips on how to choose and keep a USB cable, hoping that can help you avoid cable are likely to break.

The Main Types of USB Cables

Of all types of USB cable, three main types are popular to see in our electronic devices: USB Type-C, Micro USB, and USB Type-A.

USB Type-C: the latest released USB cable features a very convenient reversible connector and provides faster-than-ever charging and transferring speed. It is increasing popular among android smartphones and claimed to be the future of USB cable. Apple even got rid of all ports on its MacBook but one USB Type-C, which make it slimmer and more portable.

Lightning: the exceptional property of Apple, it is used in all Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods.

USB Type-A: it may be the most common USB type to see today. Almost all mobile devices with a USB cable have a USB Type-A connector on one end and other types of the other end. It is supported in USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB 1.1, with USB 3.0 usually colors blue and the rest colors black.

Micro USB: it is a version comes after Mini USB. Micro USB connectors are much smaller than Mini USB which allow for a thinner design in most smartphones. It is widely adopted by many manufacturers and as famous as the exceptional Lightning port of Apple. However, with the common use of Type-C cable, it seems to be replaced in the near future.

How to Choose a Durable USB Cable and Properly Store

Cables become useless as the wires inside stick out or the connector falls out. So when choosing which USB cable to buy, we should consider what kind of materials it is made of and whether the strain relief is flexible and strong enough.

Common used materials on cables nowadays are PVC or Nylon braided, they are proved to be good but not enough. If you want to hold a USB cable for a lifetime, Zendure Supercord (only costs $14.52 a piece by backing us on Kickstarter) is a qualified cable.

Reinforced construction with Nylon and defense-grade material, it is proved to be tough enough to pull a car, support your full body weight and other weight training Zendure tested with. Made of some soft and flexible material, the strain relief is tested to withstand 50000+ bend, which is ten times stronger than ordinary cables. Moreover, with a limited lifetime warranty, Zendure provides free replace service if your cable breaks for normal wear and tear reason.

A high quality cable can last as long as possible if you keep it well, and with little more concerns in daily using, you can extend its lifespan as well. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your cables well maintained.

  • Organize it with a strap or bag when you are not using it.
  • Avoid storing it with other mental things, a bunch of keys for instance; it will hasten wear and tear.
  • Avoid sharp bending.
  • Do not put it under extreme environment such as sunlight which causes overheating.
  • Remove it from socket promptly and gently.