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Thin cable is not able to handle rapid-charging, great otherwise
on November 26, 2011
I purchased this cable to run from a 12V to USB car adapter to my smart phone dock in my car. The angled head is great and looks really sleek connected to my HTC Thunderbolt. However, the fairly thin 6ft cable is unable to handle the full rapid-charging current (950mA) which the phone can use, and instead seems to top out at 600mA or so. If I am really using my phone (GPS and streaming music over bluetooth) this can result in very slow charging or even very gradual discharging. Swapping it with another cheap yet slightly beefier micro-usb cable solved the problem, but this was after I bought another 12V-USB plug thinking mine had gone bad (it had not).
The build quality on the connectors is great and the cable works perfectly fine for transferring data and charging via USB, so it has found a home in my laptop bag.
I know that current over 500mA isn't in the USB specification, but if you are buying this for a smartphone you should be aware this cable may not charge your phone as quickly as other cables do.