CHOETECH, a company that makes all kinds of chargers and cables has been kind enough to provide me with these cables mentioned in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and have not been influenced in any way by CHOETECH.
They are also doing a giveaway with /r/giveaways which you will find a link to in the bottom of this post.
CHOETECH 2M MFi Apple Certified USB to Lightning Cable Review
As someone who constantly has to buy new cables for his phones and tablets, because of the rubberized outside splitting, or the wires bending too far and disconnecting from the plug, the CHOETECH Nylon Braided lightning cables (shown in the 1M and 2M variants) are an amazing breath of fresh air. Not only do these cables look amazing, with their silver color, but their firm nylon coating makes it clear that you won’t have to worry about the coating fraying and damaging your cables.
When I first got the cables, I found the boxes to be somewhat plain, but they had a nice picture of the product on the front and some basic details about what
the product is, and of course the best part is they are little boxes! None of that horrible plastic that you find encasing many other competitors cables, that requires you to take scissors to the packaging in order to open. The cardboard boxes that CHOETECH uses while simple, are easy to open and get you using their product in no time. Inside the box is the cable, tied up with a twist tie and that is it.
Look and Feel
After taking the cable out of the box, and unwrapping it I gave the cables a thorough inspection. Personally I find the silver color with the black ends great looking. It feels much classier than the standard white you get with your apple device. Since the cables are sheathed in a nylon braid you will find that they feel much stiffer then the traditional rubber coating you find on most cables. This stiffness does not affect the radius they can bend, and will make the cables much more durable in the long run. I do wish that they did not retain a slight bend from being wrapped up in the box as much as they did, but I am hoping as time goes on, they will “unwind” on their own. The cables also have a rough feeling if you run your fingers across them, due to the braided texture of the sheath, this isn’t uncomfortable, just feels different for those used to the smooth rubber coating on most cables.
Not only are nylon braided cables much more durable than traditional cables, but they don’t tangle. I’ve been using these cables for a few weeks now, plugging my iPad Mini into it nightly, next to my phone, tablet, smartwatch and laptop and I have yet to have this cable end up wrapped up in the mass that seems to entangle all my other cables nightly. I am definitely becoming a fan of nylon cables.
Plug it in, plug it in
This two ends of this cable are the lightning connector that plugs into your apple device and then the other end is USB cable that plugs into either your computer to transfer files, or a charger in order to charger up your device. The plugs themselves are made of a solid plastic, and unlike many other third party plugs, these ones are a very simple shape and size, very similar to the first party versions. This means that the lightning connector side will solidly plug into your device when using almost any case (it does not fit the Lifeproof iPhone 6 Case). The same can be said for the USB Side, I have seen some oddly thick USB connectors before that meant they didn’t work with every charger, this is not a concern with these CHOETECH ones, not only is the cable the correct shape, but it feels very durable as well (anyone every step on a USB plug and crush it? I know I have).
After unboxing and inspecting the cables, it was finally time to plug it in. Grabbing my iPad Mini, I find that this fits like a dream. The plug slides in firmly, just like the apple connector, and yet removal is still easy, no tugging or struggling to unplug it here. So far I have used this every night for a couple of week, and it does a great job. The device still Charges fast and works from any multitude of angles (on my night stand, in a drawer at a 180 degree angle, on the floor, etc.
One concern always is the cable unplugging slightly after being tugged on gently, meaning that your device stops charging even though it appears to be plugged in. So far I’ve not had this issue at all, these connectors stay firmly connected unless you are actually trying to unplug them.
After plugging it in to charge, I tried plugging it into my laptop to test copying some files to and from the iPad. I found that it had nearly identical speeds to the stock cable. So by going with this third party cable you will not be sacrificing any speed.
The CHOETECH 2M (6.6 foot) MFi Certified Nylon Braidwd Lightning Cable retails on Amazon.com currently for $10.99 ($9.99 for the 1M) which is a great price for a Nylon Lightning cable of any length. For the quality of the product I personally think you can’t go wrong picking this item up. My only complaint is after a few weeks, the are still a couple of noticeable bends from where the cord was wrapped up in the box, but they at least do appear to be diminishing over time.
CHOETECH has been kind enough to provide products for a giveaway in conjunction with the /r/giveaways subreddit. Five lucky redditors will each receive a CHOETECH 1M (3.3 FT) MFi Apple Certified Nylon Braided Lightning to USB cable.
Full details of the giveaway can be found over in the reddit post
Contest is over, congratulations to the winners!