A iPhone charging cable is just a cable right? Apparently not. I spent $200 dollars on 8 different cables, charged them a bunch of times, bent them at least 25000 times and tore them apart to figure out that the best cables for the iPhone 12 will either be the ESR braided charging cable or the Apple 2M Lightning to USB-C cable.
Here's something neat: The build quality of the 2 meter cable from Apple is not the same as the cable included with the iPhone.
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1. ESR Braided Charging Cable (mreh.ca/3jyHMlO)
2. Apple 2 meter Charge Cable (mreh.ca/35D09Bd)
3. Amazon Basics Charging Cable (mreh.ca/3mp5dA4)
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In this video:
1:56 MFI Certified?
3:09 Bend Tests
6:59 Charge Tests
9:25 Tear Downs
12:59 Final Rankings
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Here's how the other cables stacked up:
4. Anker Powerline II
5. CHOETECH Nylon Braided
6. Anker Powerline III
7. Apple 1m Cable
We had another cable from a company called Lisen but we bought the wrong head so we didn't included it in the rankings. We did put it through the bend test and it performed like all the other braided cables did.
So the first thing we looked at was the quality of the lightning cable heads. The biggest tell between MFI certified and non-MFI cables is the quality of the leads in the cable head. MFI cables will look clean, smooth and symmetrical, non MFI cables will look very rough.
You guys remember Arthur right? The little machine I built to test how much power the Magic Keyboard on the iPad drew? Well, Arthur has a son whose name is Arthuros who has batted around cables for at least 6 weeks straight now..
Every cable was definitely looser around the pivot point on the cable and the only definite conclusion that I’ve come to is that braided cables are going to be a little tougher from my perspective.
The non-braided cables tend to lose bits and pieces of the cable over time. The worst offenders were the products from Anker.
That’s the primary reason why I think braided cables are better than non-traded cables, they seem to hold together a bit better. And based on what I found out in the tear downs, should last a bit longer.
Alright, lets talk about charge rates. For this video, we measure the time it took to charge an iPhone XS from 20-90%. We choose that range because that’s out of low power mode and not into trickle charging. Why the iPhone XS? Because it was the only iPhone we had free when we started this video two months ago.
Each charge test was done with the an 18W charger, plugged into the same power bar and same outlet.
Out of the remaining 6 cables, the fastest cable before the bend test was the ESR Cable followed by the 2m Apple Cable. The 2nd slowest cable was the Amazon Basics cable and pulling up the rear was the Anker Powerline III.
In second place was the Apple 2M cable 57 minutes 4 seconds and the CHOETECH with 58 minutes and 9 seconds.
Now we did the same charge tests AFTER we bent each cable and here are the results. There was only one cable that wasn’t slower. So if you’re still charging your iPhone with a REALLY old cable like this one, maybe it’s time to get a new one.
Now the last thing I did for this video was to compare the two Apple cables. The diameter difference between the two Apple cables just seemed odd, coupled with the drastic difference in charge times, I just had to know.
At first, I thought it might be the jacket that was the difference but both cables had a jacket that was about 0.5mm thick. Then I realized it was everything else. The 2m Apple cable has more of the braided shielding, more filler and the foil shield was applied on better. I could actually rip the foil shield off with my fingers whereas it basically flaked off with the 1m cable.
The wires on the inside of the cable also had a bit more insulation to them.
So why would Apple do this? I have no idea. Why did they put a sub-par cable with their iPhones? Apple made a big fuss about reducing waste by leaving out the chargers and headphones so it doesn’t make sense.
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