Nowadays, almost all Android devices uses the micro USB cable for charging and syncing. Personally, it’s a hassle to bring over the smartphone bundled cables with me from the bedroom to my studyroom all the time. Having the Anker 5 micro USB cables, coupled with either the Anker 5 Port Charger or the Anker 7 Port USB Hub, it’s much more convenient. Micro USB cables varies in prices, quality and charging speed. It’s difficult to find one that is great in price, durable and yet provides high quality output.
The Anker 5 micro USB cables bundle costs around SGD30 and comes with 5 usb cables. 3 cables at 0.9m, 1 cable at 0.3m and 1 cable at 1.8m.
The cables feels thick and does not easily tangle. The Anker logo are printed on both the USB and micro USB heads. To test the charging current of the Anker micro USB cables, I used my OnePlus One phone, the official charger / cable, the charger doctor and the Ampere app to test the charging capabilities.
In the Ampere app, when the screen is orange, it means how much power your phone is currently drawing. When it is green, it means how much current is being charged to the phone. Do note that these numbers will vary depending on what your phone is currently doing.
If the numbers are not similar to what the charger doctor is showing, that’s because the phone is currently switched on and using power. For the OnePlus One, the table shows the results.
|Cable||Charger Doctor||Power drawn from phone (Max brightness)||Power drawn from phone (Min brightness)||Power drawn from charger (Max brightness)||Power drawn from charger (Min brightness)|
|OnePlus||~0.80A||~700 mA||~410 mA||~230 mA||~470 mA|
|Anker||~0.79A||~700 mA||~410 mA||~250 mA||~420 mA|
As you can see, if I took the power that the phone is drawing at the lowest brightness and add to what the phone is currently charging at, also at the lowest brightness, I would arrive at around ~0.7A – 0.8A. Which it should mean that the input of the phone through the Anker cable is near the output if the charger, minus the power the phone is using.
Testing out the data transfer speeds by transferring a 15 Gb file through a USB 3.0 port yields similar results. Both transferring at ~80mb/s.
The Anker 5 Micro USB cables have exceeded my expectations, with quality much like the cables bundled with smartphones. It’s useful for overseas usage with the Anker 7 Port Hub or the Anker 5 Port Charger. At about SGD 6 per cable, with different lengths for different needs, you can never have too many of them.