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Lifewire / Yoona Wagener
Compatible with most smartphones
Length of each cord is short
Simultaneously multiple device charging and use awkward
Not capable of data synching
The Amuvec Multi USB Charging Cable is great for people who want to travel with just one cord for all their devices, but the execution misses the mark.
If packing the right cords for your smartphone, iPad, or Android tablet is a hassle you’d rather not deal with on your next trip, the Amuvec Multi USB Charging Cable could be a simple solution. This four-in-one charging cable offers a one-cord alternative to packing multiple charging blocks and cables. I used this cord for several days to charge two different iPhone models and several Android devices. While I appreciated the multi-device support and streamlined design, I wasn’t wildly impressed with the quality.
This 4-foot multi-USB charging cable comes in an attractive red shade with four different colored shorter cables: two Lightning cables, one micro USB cable, and one USB-C cable. The colors don’t seem to correspond with the type of connection, though, which seems like a bit of a missed opportunity.
The individual cords are only 7.5 inches long, which doesn’t match up with the claim that they’re each about 11 inches long. This length and the arrangement of the cords also made it awkward to use a device while charging it. If other devices were also plugged in, it was impossible to avoid all the other phones from sliding around and falling off of the table. If you have some willing friends or family members, you might have better luck using and charging devices at the same time—as long as everyone is okay with not making any sudden movements.
This manufacturer touts the durability of this product, which sports a strong braided nylon and aluminum alloy build that is capable of withstanding over 10,000 bends. I didn’t have time to test that bend claim, but the main USB connecting was very sturdy and both the shorter and longer cable portions were flexible but relatively resilient and resistant to tangling. But over the five days I gently used this accessory, I noticed immediate fraying at one of the Lightning cable ends, right near the port, despite avoiding much tension or stress on the cord.
The big appeal of this accessory is the ability to charge multiple devices at once. I put that to the test using a 60-watt Anker PowerPort 6 USB wall charger. Charging times were pretty consistent across the board for both iOS and Android devices.
A Samsung Galaxy S4 charged consistently in 1.5 hours, a Google Nexus 5 charged at a speedy 1.25 hours, and an Amazon Fire tablet charged in 4.5 hours. But the iPhone charging times were noticeably longer. An iPhone 7 Plus took about 3.75 hours and the iPhone 6S took closer to 2.75 hours, which is just a bit more than the charging times you’d find with an Apple Lightning to USB cable.
This charging cord retails for about $12, which is a steal if you think about the fact that you’re getting four charging cables in one—and double that since this cable comes in a two-pack. There’s arguably even more value considering the time and effort it saves you from having to remember to grab multiple charging devices on trips or daily. But if you’re primarily an Apple phone user, you’d probably be better off paying the extra $7-$10 for faster and more reliable charging—since this isn’t an MFi-certified cable.
This charging cord retails for about $12, which is a steal if you think about the fact that you’re getting four charging cables in one—and double that since this cable comes in a two-pack.
The Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 Cable is more expensive at around $18, but it does come with some desirable assurances—such as bulletproof fiber construction, MFi certification for the Lightning cable connection, and a lifetime warranty. The design is also cleaner: rather than multiple cords of a slightly awkward length, there are shorter USB-C, micro USB, and Lightning cable attachments that serve to provide a charging connection without creating any extra clutter.
This product also comes with a Velcro cable organizer for neater storage. The only catch is that you can only charge one device at a time. The overall length is a foot shorter, too. Deciding between the two products comes down to a slight price difference and the trade-off between more reliable Lightning cable performance over the ability to charge multiple devices at once.
A handy multi-device charging cord for traveling, but maybe not everyday use.
The Amuvec Multi USB Charging Cable provides multi-device charging that’s ideal when you’re in a pinch and especially on the move. Everyday use, especially with multiple devices at once, probably isn’t the most realistic or efficient, but this accessory is the perfect solution for ensuring your devices stay powered up on your next vacation.