Smartphone cables

CABLE CONUNDRUM: Basic vs. Flat vs. Braided

We all adore the seamless elegance of the charging cable you get straight out of the box. But odds are your smartphone or tablet will long outlive the charging cable it came with, and repurchasing the official brand-name cable may not be the best value. 

So should you ditch your basic round rubber cable for something more? Here, we break down the pros and cons: 

Round plastic cables:

The majority of the cables we own and use everyday are of the round plastic variety, including most of the charging cables round plastic cables may lack in durability and ease-of-use. These cables can be easily tangled, and the flexible rubber coating on the round cable lead are prone to kinks and tearing, especially in points of weakness (like where the lead meets the USB or charging heads).

Flat cables:

A flat cable is probably the first step up from your run-of-the-mill round one and has a few key benefits. First of all, a flat cable is more resistant to kinks or lengthwise tearing when compared to round cables. Flat cables are also more readily folded or rolled up, and are far less prone to tangles, making them more practical in terms of staying organised. These also come in a wide range of colours and lengths. 

A purely cosmetic downside to the flat cable is that it often looks bulkier against sleekly designed smartphones and tablets.


Nylon-braided cables:

The next alternative is a nylon-braided cable. This cable type is often much more durable than both round and flat plastic cables, including the ones offered by major phone manufacturers. The tightly woven nylon exterior means the cable itself is more resistant to damage from pulling and twisting. Furthermore, the USB and charging heads are usually cased in metal, which unlike plastic, is less likely crack or even melt during use. The nylon material can also be easily dyed, and so this option also comes in a wide array of colours and lengths.

One thing to keep in mind is that the nylon braiding, although practical for everyday charging purposes, is prone to fraying if rubbed repeatedly against textured surfaces like carpet, brick or concrete. 

All in all, if you ever feel tired of the monotony of everyday life and want to let go of both your inhibitions and your pedestrian, mundane charging cable (or you just need a replacement), hop on down to your nearest Technology Traders, where we stock a great range of round, flat and braided cables!

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