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Where to buy quality USB cables?

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Where to buy quality USB cables?

Since USB cables appear the same it is hard to tell. I read this ...
"The exception is with USB cables used to charge devices. Not all USB cables can charge devices at the same rate. I've actually found this, anecdotally, and Wirecutter did some extensive testing and found the same thing.

Among different USB cables, some will allow more current to make it from the charger to the device. Better-made cables can pass more amps (a measure of electric current) than poorly made cables. So if you want to charge your devices as fast as your charger and device allow, make sure you get a decent USB cable. What's decent? That Wirecutter test liked a $1.23 Monoprice cable best."
(from https://www.cnet.com/news/when-are-expe ... -worth-it/)
https://www.monoprice.com/category?c_id ... ce_i%20asc

The $1 ebay cables fail after a while and according to above they may not be allowing maximum current to flow, though that doesn't make sense from an engineering view.
Monoprice site has numerous models of USB cables but due to shipping costs it would be best if Monoprice or another quality brand cables can be bought locally.
Please suggest some brands/stores, I am in GTA
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All USB Cables are made from the same place ... CHINA.

All USB cables (branded or not) are made from the same place ... CHINA.

All USB cables are comprised of the same cables and all originate from the same place ... CHINA.

I normally buy my USB / HDMI cables on eBay ... I've gotten great ones from one seller ... and then buy again from them, those suck. It really depends on the batch ... TOSS A COIN. LUCK.

My original USB Cable with my Samsung would not charge as good as the one that I got from eBay ... is that coincidence or a manufacturer defect?


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Actually it does make a lot of sense.
Cheaper cables use cheaper materials - thinner wire gauge, poor QC of wire strands (i.e. higher chance of breakage in the wire), lower quality copper (i.e. increase in impurities) - and typically will ignore standards. These together will reduce the amount of current which can be sent through the cable. More importantly, it is why cheap cables fail early - constant wear and tear on the cheap cables will result in more breakages in the cable, eventually rendering it useless. More expensive cables will use higher quality materials, and often offer a thicker shell to prevent excess strain affecting the wire.

That being said, expensive cables WILL NOT perform significantly better than a reasonably priced one - so don't bother with fancy $100 usb cables. I buy my cables from Amazon - usually Anker because they're pretty decent quality and reasonably priced. More importantly, they're pretty reliable.

That said, if you're looking for USB-C cables, there are other things to worry about in addition to the quality of the conductor itself.
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Say what you will about BlackBerry, but the best and most reliable USB cables I own are all from my BlackBerry devices.

They have high quality USB cables. I'm sure you have a friend that probably has some old BlackBerry cables kicking around.
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AV-Fishing wrote: All USB Cables are made from the same place ... CHINA.

All USB cables (branded or not) are made from the same place ... CHINA.

All USB cables are comprised of the same cables and all originate from the same place ... CHINA.
Quality is not equivalent however, for a premium cable, I like Anker PowerLine or PowerLine+ cables which available on Amazon, otherwise if on a budget, InfiniteCables USB cables.
AV-Fishing wrote: I normally buy my USB / HDMI cables on eBay ... I've gotten great ones from one seller ... and then buy again from them, those suck. It really depends on the batch ... TOSS A COIN. LUCK.
This is why I don't buy cables off eBay.
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coolspot wrote: Quality is not equivalent however, for a premium cable, I like Anker PowerLine or PowerLine+ cables which available on Amazon, otherwise if on a budget, InfiniteCables USB cables.
I've had good experiences with Anker Powerline series. I've got a 10ft microUSB cable that charges at full speed QC2.
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BizDeveloper wrote: That Wirecutter test liked a $1.23 Monoprice cable best."
And this is why I bought a 50 pack after buying multiple 10 and 20 packs.
I easily have over 100 of them now. Well had since I give them away to friends and stuff.
And while they are good, I have had a few bend so they get tossed.

There's been a couple defects here and there but nothing significant enough.

Compare that to the junk that gets included in cheap electronics.
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LongLiveRFD wrote: These?
PID is 4867
I also have a couple of 5457 for phone maintenance purposes.
I have no idea if the ferrites help at all but I bought those by accident once.
Do you need a big order size for shipping to make sense?
After shipping, none of the cables make sense, especially once you buy in a large enough weight.
I make three types of orders:
1) Under 4lbs to qualify for their small packet. This is usually fairly cheap but restricts on what and how much you can buy. It's sometimes cheaper to actually buy a few of these than pay for:
2) Air shipping. Some idiot somewhere disputed the duties on ground shipments so they ONLY ship air now. It's horribly expensive but when you need a cable quick it's not a bad option. Decent for up to like 10-20lbs.
3) Ground ship to USA for pickup or reshipment to Canada. This is the cheapest option by FAR but it means your order is stuck in the USA. So you either have to go get it, sucker someone else to get it for you, or get a shipping service to ship it again. This is best for when you're ordering a 100 of something.
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It will be better if you have time to visit a shop and pick the correct one. Other wise you can name a good cable and find it on amazon. But be sure to check the reviews of the seller.
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Are there shops that sell high quality cables for $5 max? Since shipping charges will likey be more than the cost of the cables I want to look at this route.
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Gee wrote: Say what you will about BlackBerry, but the best and most reliable USB cables I own are all from my BlackBerry devices.

They have high quality USB cables. I'm sure you have a friend that probably has some old BlackBerry cables kicking around.
This is absolutely true
I still use my blackberry cables from over 5 years ago and they are sturdy and charge fast. They've been abused so much and keep on going.
They are really amazing.

I've tried many usb cables from eBay, Samsung, various other supposedly good quality brands and nothing has beaten the ordinary blackberry cables
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I have had good success with buying cables from infinite cables in Markham. I have a couple of 15 feet long USB 2 cables that work fine for charging. Their prices are very reasonable.
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Don't waste your time with cheap cables and only buy Monster!
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