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Short charge cable, multiple USB end types?

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May 6, 2005
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Short charge cable, multiple USB end types?

I have a power bank that I bring on hiking, backpacking trips. I use it if I need to recharge a device and it also serves as a last-resort emergency (so while I don't RELY I it, I'd love to trust the cable I'm carrying!)

I definitely need to support micro USB, USB Type-C, and Lightning. USB-A or USB Type-C on the other end.

What are my options besides carrying 3 individual cables? Seemingly those "3-in-1" type cables are generally regarded as cheap garbage? What about end-cap adapters? Are those safe/reliable to use (though potential concern about losing a tiny adapter).

Anything else to consider?
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Jul 26, 2004
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I've used a switchable tip cable from prime cable for the last while and it's worked well for me. Link : ... rimecables

Obviously more points for failure with multi-tipped cables. Just got to be gentle when pulling the connectors out and they should be ok. When on mission critical trips bring back up just in case.


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