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Rocket Fish Mobile universal mini/ Micro USB Charging 18" cable


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  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • ASIN: B001O2MY2K
  • Item model number: 9h19A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 18, 2008

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RF-CA1MRA ROCKETFISH

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Costley on September 6, 2010
I rate this five stars because it does exactly what I need and what it is intended to do--charge your phone. But, buyer beware: despite what any marketing materials might say, you should know that the RF-CA1MR is NOT a data cable. If you plug the micro USB end into your phone and the USB-A end into your computer, it will charge, but the computer won't recognize it. (If you're using Windows, it won't make a "hardware connected" sound and it won't show up in Device Manager.) If you need a data cable, just get a standard micro USB to USB-A cable and use that.

So, I hear you saying, what's the point of buying this? I already have a regular micro USB cable and a wall charger, car charger, etc; so why bother? Okay, fair enough...here's why: you can use this cable to charge your micro USB phone from ANY standard USB port that will deliver 5V of power. You can already do that with a Windows computer and a standard cable, but you need to install drivers to get it to work. Why? Because many phones (e.g. Motorola) put an extra pin in their connectors that looks for a logic signal to tell it when to charge, and standard cables don't send this signal. So what if you are running out of juice and don't have your own computer available, but you can plug it into a friend's computer or one at the library? If you can find a USB port, you're all set with this cable without having to do anything extra. I use mine with the Belkin Mini Surge Protector Dual USB Charger, which feature two USB charging ports.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Doyle on November 9, 2013
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It does exactly as described. And for me, the short length is a plus. Its right next to the USB port on my laptop. I'd rather not have 6 feet of cable laying across my desk. Perfect, charges, short, and can swap tips. This little guy does exactly as needed.

For potential customers, do make sure you want a short cable. And you only need charging capability. If that's what your looking for, this does it!

I've now bought 5 of these. 2 to keep with each laptop, 1 in my work bag, and 2 more because I have a tendancy to lose/forget cables :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray on May 12, 2012
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Nice, if unnecessary, unique fit and finish. Does exactly what it claims to - I don't understand why people would ding the cable in the reviews for not carrying data... it's a "charging" cable.

Why would you need one of those? First the simple answer: because the USB spec calls for only 500mA of current max unless the device indicates it can take more. This cable "indicates" that the device can take more.

Now the long answer.

The above answer does not work with Apple devices. As a result, companies have to market a specific "Apple friendly" version of their product that will charge an Apple device with more than 500mA using Apple's own method of communication. If you have a mix of Apple and non-Apple gadgets, you have to make the difficult decision between charging your Apple devices quickly with a special Apple-style charger or charging your non-Apple devices quickly with a regular fast charger that won't give Apple devices more than 500mA.

In my case, the solution was to buy the Apple-style charger. I can plug my Apple stuff into it with their included USB cables and they will get max current. Then I get this special charging cable for my non-Apple stuff and it tells the Apple-style charger to output max current to whatever device is plugged in.

You can also charge from a PC, but your PC will give you a message about the attached device trying to draw too much current. Use this cable for your charger, not your PC.
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