Usb cable c type: The 15 Best USB-C Cables and Adapters for 2023

Best USB-C cables 2023: Expert reviews and buying advice

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We bought 14 USB-C cables and put them through the wringer.

By Sam Singleton and Gordon Ung

PCWorld May 30, 2023 9:00 am PDT

Image: Gordon Mah Ung

It’s easy to think that all USB-C cables are the same, and that differences are just promotional gimmicks and a way to hike up prices. After all, it’s just a cable, right?

Despite this being a common belief, it’s actually wrong. We have tested numerous USB-C cables and we can say with certainty they are not all the same. In fact, we noticed huge performance differences among cables both in regards to charging devices and transferring data.

But with such a multitude of options available, how are you supposed to know which are the best USB-C cables? To figure this out, we tested a bunch of cables ranging from the biggest, most-recognizable brand-names to the cheapest of the cheap and put them through the wringer to test how they all stood up against one another. We identified some clear winners, which we have highlighted below to help make your purchasing decision easier.

We separated our picks into two groups: USB-C cables suitable for charging, and those suitable for both charging and fast data transfer. The distinction essentially comes down to the difference between USB-C 2.0 and 3.1. (Learn more in our guide on how to buy a USB-C cable on Amazon without losing your mind, and find out about how we test cables below our picks.) 

Updated 5/18/23 to include our evaluation of the JSAUX USB C to USB C Cable. Scroll to the bottom of our recommendations to see why we think this popular, best-selling cable is inferior to the cables we’ve identified below as top picks.

Best USB-C cables for charging

1. Amazon Basics Aluminum Braided 100W USB-C to USB-C USB 2.0 cable

Let’s be honest, most people don’t need a USB-C to USB-C cable for much more than charging devices—so why the premium for all that high-speed data-transfer, Thunderbolt stuff? Look no further than the Amazon Basics “Aluminum Braided” 100W USB-C to USB-C 2. 0 cable then. Before you get too excited, the “aluminum” in its name probably should be “aluminum-colored”—if you wanted an actual aluminum exterior, you won’t get it. This is a pleasant, shiny cloth-like braid. The cable features a stiff plastic overmold for strain relief and is wired strictly for USB 2.0 data transfer speeds. That means you should expect no more than 480Mbps versus the much faster 5Gbps to 40Gbps of cables wired for higher speeds.

The good news is that as a charging cable, you’ll be able to charge up to 100 watts—enough power for a Dell XPS 15 or MacBook Pro 16-class laptop. Although our testing didn’t find it to be quite as good as the Javex cable we’re bumping from our top perch—it’s close enough it doesn’t matter. During testing, we also subjected the Amazon Basics Aluminum Braided cable to a continuous 100-watt load for more than 30 minutes without issue so charging won’t be a problem. Even better, it’s less than half the cost of the Javex charging cable we previously recommended for those on a budget. Sure, it’s not quite as pliable as the even more basic Amazon Basics cable USB 3 to USB-C below, this one is currently cheaper, isn’t limited to 60 watts, and doesn’t feel like it will fall apart.

2. Apple USB-C Charge Cable (2m)

We’ll be honest, we didn’t know what to expect of the stock 6.6-foot Apple USB-C Charge Cable Apple includes with its MacBook laptops and sells as a replacement item. Yes, we’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures of the sleeving on many Apple cables that fall off if you look at them too hard.

In the end, Apple’s USB-C Charge Cable won us over and is actually our recommended cable for those who want a big name on the box and intend to use it for mostly charging. When we say the box, we mean it, because Apple oddly doesn’t include any branding on the cable itself, which is a mistake because you just might mix it up with a lousy cable.

In the end though, it’s what’s inside a cable that matters the most and the Apple USB-C cable has top-notch wiring materials that can deliver the most power to your laptop, phone, or tablet. Want to charge your laptop at 100 watts all day? That shouldn’t be a problem for the Apple USB-C Charge Cable.

Obviously, as a charge cable it’s terrible for data transfer and can’t drive Thunderbolt devices nor your monitor, but as a charging cable it’s excellent.

Another ding is its price of $19, but if you want a name-brand cable, it’s hard to beat this. Plus you can buy it from an Apple store or retailer so you know you’re actually getting what you paid for and not some counterfeit.

For most people the above cables are what you’re looking for: reliable and fast charging (when paired with a good power bank). For those who also want to transfer data or connect a monitor though, these are our picks:

Best USB-C cables for charging and transferring data

1. Cable Matters 6-foot USB C cable

If you’re looking for a high-quality USB-C cable that will give you excellent performance, it’s hard to beat Cable Matters 6-foot USB-C cable. The cable can do it all and do it all well (well, almost) from charging at up to 100 watts, transferring data from your USB 3.1 SSD, or running a monitor. The only area where it doesn’t excel is in Thunderbolt performance, which is limited to 20Gbps. That’s not a ding in our book because that’s the tradeoff of a 6-foot cable. To hit 40Gbps, you’d have to step down to a shorter cable.

The other cost of this quality is weight and pliability. The cable weighs almost 3.5 ounces, making it the the heaviest cable we tested outside of the 4-meter (13-foot) cable we looked at above. Those thicker gauge wires also mean you can’t roll up as easily or compactly as other cables, too.

And no surprise, high performance and high quality mean it’s not cheap. At $18, it’s among the more expensive cables here. But if performance and quality is your jam, the Cable Matters 6-foot USB-C cable will have you humming.

2. Cable Matters USB4 2.

6 foot USB-C cable

Cable Matters USB3 Cable is but 2.6-foot so it lacks the appeal of long cables. What appealed to us enough to buy the cable is its USB4 rating which promises high-performance.

And no surprise, the cable was able to charge our laptop at 100 watts, and offered the best voltage and lowest resistance thanks to the wires Cable Matters uses and its 2.6-foot length. That also translated into excellent USB 3.1 data transfer rates, monitor support and the only cable here capable of driving our Thunderbolt 3 SSD at a full 40Gbps data rates.

If you’re looking for high-performance in all things and don’t mind the length, the Cable Matters USB4 cable is our pick.

Its weaknesses are its stiff feel thanks to the higher-quality, thicker wires and construction Cable Matters uses, and its price. Looked at in dollars-per-foot, this $20 cable is about $8 per foot. With the Amazon Basics USB 3.1 USB-C cable below, you’re only paying $3.17 per foot. 

That Amazon cable can’t match the Cable Matters USB4 in Thunderbolt performance, but few need it. That makes the cable best suited to niche areas but it’s fast nonetheless with excellent construction.

3. Amazon Basics 6-foot USB-C USB 3.1 Charging Cable

There’s a lot to like about the Amazon Basics USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C cable. This 6-foot cable features rubber sleeving and hefty wires that give it a substantive feel without the stiffness you get from some cables.

Its Amazon Basics logo helps prevent you from mixing up this cable with the generic cables you have laying around, and the SuperSpeed logo assures you it’s fast for data transfers.

In our testing, we were able to able to push the limits of our USB 3.2 10Gbps  SSD and could also drive our 240Hz 1080p panel. It also was capable of driving our high-performance Thunderbolt 3 drive at its 20Gbps data rate but not at its 40Gbps data rate—which is expected of a 6-foot cable. And despite its USB 5Gbps rating, we could hit 10Gbps speeds anyway which says the cable’s signal integrity is good despite its length. Why not label it USB 10Gbps? Amazon is sticking to the rules which say a 10Gbps isn’t supposed to work on a 6 foot cable.

Also oddly, Amazon specifically claims there’s “no alt-mode” support for this cable so driving a monitor won’t work. Except it does just fine since the alt-mode on USB-C just uses the wires included for the higher-speed USB 3.1 data transfers to run the monitor. We could even drive our high-performance Thunderbolt drive at 20Gbps transfer rates so way to sell yourself short Amazon.

The only real disappointment with the cable is charging is limited to 3 amps which means it tops out at 60-watt charge rates. That’s fine for a Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Pro 13, but not enough for a Dell XPS 15 or MacBook Pro 16. In fact, that’s the primary reason we didn’t give the cable the nod for best brand-name cable pick.

It does carry Amazon’s name which has value to some, but at $19, it’s hardly a steal. With that said, this is a fine cable, but there are indeed ones with more capability too.  

Compared to our picks above, we wouldn’t advise purchasing any of the other USB-C cables we tested. Why settle for something inferior? But we understand some will want to see which cables didn’t make the cut and why.

USB-C cables that didn’t make the cut

1. Dockcase 8.5-inch USB-C cable

The Dockcase USB-C to USB-C cable is the worst value here if you only judge a cable by length and price. In capability though, this 8.5-inch cable is one of the better performers—a consequence of its short length. The shorter the cable, the less the resistance and, well, the better the performance, even with thin wires.

The Dockcase advertises a 100-watt charge rate, 4K video support, and even Thunderbolt 3 support. The company doesn’t mention it but that Thunderbolt 3 speed is limited to 20Gbps, not the full 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 users expect, so take note. It’s not practical, but we did charge our laptop at 100 watts with the Dockcase.

Physically, the cable is a flat design with a rubbery outer sheath. The strain relief where the cable connects to the housing is minimal, as well, which makes us question its durability over time. 

Its length is best suited for an ultra-fast portable USB-C SSD, and can pinch hit for charging or running your monitor. We personally wouldn’t recommend it for use with a high-speed Thunderbolt drive or device though, given its aforementioned limitations with that spec.

2. Amazon Basics 6-foot USB-C USB 2.0 cable

The Amazon Basics USB-C to USB-C USB 2.0 is the cable that epitomizes minimum effort. At 6-feet long, it will do its job to charge your phone or tablet, and even your laptop at up to 60 watts, and that’s about it. Since it’s a USB 2.0 cable, data transfers to or from your computer will be dog slow compared to a USB 3.1 cable. Moving a 1GB file might take a few seconds on a USB 3. 1 cable and nearly a minute with the Amazon Basics USB-C Charging cable.

The cable itself is amazingly light. In fact, it’s probably too light, which means Amazon didn’t really use the thickest wires it could for this cable. That shows up with some of the highest resistance among the cables 6 feet or longer in this roundup, meaning less power delivered to your phone or tablet. Granted, we are talking about 2 percent lower wattage compared to the best of the longer cables here. But still, that’s like a school report card that says “present” as its main selling point.

It’s not all bad for the Amazon Basics cable. It does carry a big-name brand. And its lack of wires to support higher-speed USB 3.1 makes it relatively thin and light, and very pliable.

Would we use this cable to charge our laptop every day? Probably not, but for someone charging a phone or tablet, its lightweight feel can be be a plus. 

3.

Anker 6-foot Powerline USB-C cable

This is Anker’s oldest Powerline cable but it’s still available alongside the Powerline II and Powerline III models. As its name tells you: This version is a USB 2.0 (480Mbps) cable, so transferring large files to your phone or tablet from your computer will be tedious at best.

It has a black plastic sleeve without the tacky rubbery feel some cables have. On the inside it’s about average, with actual charging performance somewhat better than the Amazon Basics USB 2.0 cable but not in the class of the Javex cable, which supports charge rates up to 100 watts instead of the Powerline’s 60 watts. Phones, tablets, and light-duty laptops are its best use cases.

Unfortunately, while it’s a decent cable for certain uses, its pricing hurts it. At its typical pricing of $12 it’s not worth it. We’ve seen it more recently for $8, which makes it slightly more attractive, but even at that price, we’d recommend you buy the Javex instead.

4. JSAUX USB C to USB C Cable 60W 2-pack

Do you get what you pay for? JSAUX “USB C to USB C Cable” kinda proves the old adage that says if the price is low, there’s a reason for it. Not only do you get a 6.6-foot / 2-meter USB-C to USB-C cable in the box—you get two of them for what other brands might charge you for just one cable. Unlike some lesser-known cables on Amazon, the JSAUX cables are at least properly marketed with warnings that it is NOT a Thunderbolt 3 cable, it can NOT output video, and its charge rate is limited to 60 watts, with data limited to a very slow 480MBps. It’s essentially a basic USB-C charging cable and not the greatest one. We looked at the internal resistance of the cable itself and found it to be pretty mediocre. In fact, we haven’t seen a USB-C to USB-C cable with worse resistance. That pretty much means it skimps on internal wiring and potentially may not hold up over time as the cable is flexed over and over again. With all this said, most people don’t actually need high charge rates on a charging cable (where less resistance would be more valuable) and we think that’s reflected in the more than 31,000 reviews of this top-selling cable—with most of them positive—from around the world.

We’d pass for a slightly pricier cable, and would even prefer the Amazon Basics cable to it, but we do recognize that for charging a smart phone and tablet, it’ll probably be fine, which explains how there are 31,000 happy customers. There are, however, better choices out there for those willing to pay for it.

How we test USB-C cables

For this roundup, we purchased retail USB-C cables for our testing. We physically measured and weighed each cable and examined each connector. A proper USB-C cable should use a one-piece shell rather than a folded shell with a visible seam in it. None of the cables we purchased used the lower-strength folded shells.

We do want to point out that weight does tend to matter. All cables are essentially tiny metallic wire strands bound together with insulation. Sure, the connector, housing,  braiding, and outer shell all factors in its weight, but lighter-duty cables literally have fewer wires and are far lighter. For example, the Cable Matters high-performance USB 4 cable is 32-inches long and weighs more than the Amazon Basics low-performance USB 2.0 cable, which is more than twice as long.

That’s not always better though, as a cable with more wires that are a heavier gauge—or thicker—are less pliable and also take up more space in your bag.

Are they all wired correctly?

You’d think you could tell whether a cable is USB-C 2.0 cable by looking at the wires in the connector but that’s not the case. Some cables use connectors with pins that aren’t hooked up to anything.

To check each cable, we use a BitTradeOne USB Cable Checker 2.0 to first see what actual wires are inside of the cable and whether they are hooked up correctly and what they do. For example, a USB-C cable that is fine for charging but a dog in data transfer   will show up as being wired only for USB-C 2.0, as you can see below by the green LEDs. The “CC” LED indicates the Cable Configuration channel is wired up correctly. 

The basic Amazon Basics USB-C cable is wired only for USB 2.0 data rates.

A full-featured USB-C cable has additional wires to carry higher-speed data and the USB Cable Checker 2.0 shows this Cable Matters USB 4 cable in the picture below with the correct wiring all available. The small LED display also tells us that the cable has an ID e-Marker chip, the shell is properly grounded to the cable, and it does a quick resistance test too. The cable tester also checks to see if the metal shell of the cable is grounded to the ground wire of the cable, which is required by spec. Every cable here was properly grounded.

Resistance is futile

The resistance check from our cable checker is quick and dirty, so we augmented that by also measuring the resistance of the cable’s ground wire and vbus wire using a milli-ohm meter connected via a pair of USB-C breakout boards. The breakout boards at both ends add about 30 mohms to the total. By spec, a USB-C cable should not exceed 83 mohms on the ground wires and 167 mohms on the voltage bus.

Many of the cables we tested were within spec or close enough that it didn’t matter, since there’s likely even more resistance we’re not able to account for with our method. We definitely could tell which cables used heavier-gauge or thick wires with less resistance to restrict the flow of electricity, and which ones cheaped out.

This Cable Matters USB 4 cable has all the features you want for transferring data or connecting your monitor.

What did the e-Marker say?

Since each of the more advanced cables carries an e-Marker that tells the computer what the cable can do, we noted that and the validity of the e-Marker’s claims. All but one of the cables met those claims, but the one that was wrong was way, way wrong. It claimed USB 3.2 10Gbps transfer speeds and a 1-meter length, when it literally didn’t have the wires for the faster transfer speeds and was actually 2 meters long.

Some USB-C cables feature a chip or e-Marker that contains information the device reads. This two meter cable’s e-Marker is incorrect.

We then looked at how fast the cable would charge and transfer data, and whether it supported an alternate mode to run a monitor, using real-world hardware.

For charging speeds we recorded the maximum wattage at which the cable could charge an Asus ROG Strix 15 gaming laptop over its USB-C port using USB-Power Delivery with an Aukey 100 watt USB-PD charger as the source while the laptop was under load. USB-PD today is limited to 100 watts (with a 240-watt spec on the way). Any USB-C to USB-C cable should handle 3 amps at 20 volts, or 60 watts. All of the USB-C to USB-C cables fell into the standard 60-watt or 100-watt camps.

We didn’t test the temperature of each cable’s housing, but we did test the cheapest cable by running it at 5 amps and 20 volts for an hour. The housing heated up by 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the cable itself became relatively warm (see the thermal image below). Not ideal, but it did this without failure. We subjected other cables to two-hour loads without failure, as well.

For one final charge test, we tasked each cable with a 20 volt, 3 amp and 20 volt 5 amp load (for the 5-amp rated cables) and measured the voltage delivered at the end of the cable using our CT-3 meter.

The cables with the thinnest-gauge wires add more resistance, which in turn reduces the voltage delivered to your laptop, tablet, or phone.

The thinner the wires used in a cable, the greater the resistance, and the greater the heat as you can see from this thermal image of a $5 6.6-foot USB cable carrying a 5 amp, 20 volt, 100-watt load for one hour.

For data transfer, we measured the speed using Crystal Disk Mark 8 while plugged into the USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 port of an MSI Prestige 14 Evo laptop. Since the cables can also be used to transfer data from a Thunderbolt storage drive, we measured how fast that happened using a high-speed SSD-based SanDisk Professional Thunderbolt G-Drive. We found three transfer modes among the cables tested: Thunderbolt 20Gbps performance, Thunderbolt 40Gbps performance, or zero performance because the cable would not work at all with a Thunderbolt drive.

Basic USB-C charging cables will not enable advanced drives such as this G-Drive Thunderbolt 3-based SSD, despite the USB-C plug fitting.

Our last test looked at each cable’s capability running an Asus ROG Strix 17.3-inch portable gaming monitor. The monitor is a high-performance gaming monitor with a resolution of 1920×1080 and refresh rate of 240Hz—which is basically the same bandwidth requirements of a standard 4K 60Hz display.

FAQ


1.

What are the different types of USB-C to USB-C cables?

There are a number of different types of USB-C to USB-C cables including: USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and Thunderbolt 4.

The main difference between all of these is their data transfer rates and their charge rates. Basic charge cables give you very slow data transfer speeds and typically only up to 60 watts. For a phone, tablet, and even most small laptops such as a Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Pro 13 that’s fine. As you move up to larger laptops such as a Dell XPS 15 or MacBook Pro 16, 60 watts will limit how fast you can charge.

The other key differentiator is speed. USB 2.0 is a plodding 480Mbps. USB 3 cables range from 5Gbps to 20Gbps. While USB4, and Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 can support up to 40Gbps of throughput.

Thunderbolt, USB4, and many USB 3 cables also support display support using DisplayPort.

2.

What are USB-C cables used for?

USB-C cables today are used for transferring data, running monitors, and charging everything on the planet from $5 LED trinkets to $2,000 laptops and even power tools now. It is basically the most common type of cable for electronics today and thanks to its universal and open design it has rapidly replaced all other competitors including Apple’s Lightning as well as older USB cables. It’s appeal is the reversible nature so you no longer have to look for alignment. With its ability to handle 240 watts now, USB-C to USB-C cables will likely begin replacing other proprietary cables as well.

3.

What is the difference between a Type A and Type C cable?

There are a few key differences between the two. A USB-C to USB-A cable has a rectangular connector on side with 4- to 9-pins in it. As you know from trying to plug a mouse into your PC, it only fits in one way and you usually never get it right the first time. On the other end of a USB-C to USB-A cable, you will find the modern oval USB-C connector, which fits in both ways and packs far more pins and wires inside. The short story is that a Type A to Type C cable will typically charge at much slower speeds than a Type C to Type C cable as well as transfer data at far lower data rates. That isn’t always the case as some phones that use special Type A to Type C chargers and cables will indeed charge very fast—but they’re usually proprietary. With most new phone chargers going to USB Type C, you’re probably going to usually want a Type C to Type C cable.

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Tsar cable USB Type-C Orico 240B3.

Shall we touch? / Chargers, power banks, cables and adapters / iXBT Live

Orico
240B3 is expensive and
quality USB Type-C cable
suitable for all occasions: charge, transfer, tie, tie,
whip and even connect. Just a real king-cable. Very soft
high-quality straight “Wow!”, And able to transmit through itself up to 240W which
by today’s standards, very, very much. I was just able to buy this cable with
good discount. I don’t have devices that can charge at all 240W. A
my flagship samsung s22+
with a declared charge of 45W, in fact, it charges a maximum of 25W (on the Internet
full of revelations). Of course, I would now start throwing slippers towards marketers
Samsung, but I have here
USB cable review. Therefore, it will be discussed.

Let’s start with the characteristics. Here is what the manufacturer claims:

  • Model: 240B1/B2/B3
  • Color: blue, orange, green
  • Power supply: PD240W up to 48V 5A
  • Data transfer: USB 2. 0 up to 480Mbps, USB 3.2 Gen2 up to 20Gbps, USB 4 up to 40Gbps (depending on the selected model)
  • Video signal transmission support: 4K 60Hz for 240V2 version and 8K 60Hz for 240V3 version
  • Cable type: Type-C to Type-C
  • Materials: silicone, aluminum,
  • Length: 1 meter

Please note that on the lot page the cable is presented in
three options. They all support up to 48V 5A, but
while differing in data transfer rates. I understand that there is a difference
additional lines inside the cable.

The manufacturer also claims the presence of a special e-marker chip that allows you to exchange
data between the charger and the device being charged. But it will
useful for Gan chargers, which I personally, unfortunately, do not have.

E-marker is a memory chip in the cable connector that
encodes its capabilities and parameters, being connected to the SS channel for their
transmission. This chip is required for all cables with speeds from USB 3 to
current from 3 A. At the same time, a huge number of
parameters, including even the country code.

True, in the picture this chip looks like it can be seen, but
in fact, it is hidden under a layer of rubber and an aluminum lining (below will be an analysis)

But first, let’s look at the packaging and equipment.

Supplied with cord in original Orico packaging. On the back side there are
characteristics, and a lot of things have been written in front.

The set consists of the USB cable itself,
loops/leatherette ties with rivets and instructions in English:

The tie, by the way, is very convenient, on the one hand it has
a narrow eye that is attached to the cable, and on the other side there is a long
strap to secure the coiled cable:

Now consider the cable itself.

Cable length 1 meter. This is the most optimal size.

Braid made of soft silicone. Yes and myself
The cable is very flexible and soft. Slightly tighter than fabric laces. Very easy
bends, but does not remember the shape. On the one hand, the cable has a nozzle made of
aluminum, its purpose remains a mystery to me. ferrite filler there
definitely not, it looks more like a simple decoration:

Cable plugs have aluminum caps. They look
reliable and massive. On the body of the covers there is a mark that the cable
supports 240W and brand name:

I was wondering what exactly is under the covers,
so I unscrewed the screws and decided to look inside. See, so to speak
live on these E-marker chips. I unscrew it, and what I see:

But I don’t see anything. Because there is a huge layer on top
thick rubber that is not removable. Well, more precisely, it is removed, but after that
cable can be thrown in the trash. So I put the lids in place and
I start testing.

I will have a charger as a power source
device Xtar Type-C45IC

This is the most powerful charger in my house. She gives honest
45W and
checked by me for a long time.

As a load I have an Atorch Q7-T, this electronic
the load can draw the same 45W from the charger.

I connect the charger with cable to the load, turn up the voltage
and at 20V at 2A the load goes out. And no longer shows signs of life. Not
withstood such a load. Sorry for the pun. Naturally take pictures
I didn’t make it.

I take out a weaker load LD25. It’s not really very powerful, but
4A can pull out. With her help, through this cable, I was able to pull out 3.5A from charging
at 5V

But after 3.6A, the charger goes into protection,
since according to the passport it can only issue 3A. From this experiment (test)
it becomes clear that the monitored cord is at least not a narrow bottle cord
neck, and passes similar currents through itself.

Well, for the sake of experiment, I tried to check with a tester, no
will this cable slow down fast charging protocols supported
charger. The tester has shown that all protocols work if they
supported by the charger, not the cable:

In addition, at idle to the tester in trigger mode without
problems and almost instantly you can apply voltage up to 20V 2. 25A:

As for data transfer, then of course everything is complicated. Available
when connecting a high-speed hard drive, my ports showed speeds up to 390MB / s, which corresponds to
readings of conventional USB type-C cables.
I didn’t notice any increase in speed.

Although connected to USB 3.2, you may need newer ports and a device that supports these ports for faster data transfer.

Based on the results of testing, what can I say. This cable makes sense to order only
if you have powerful GaN-type chargers. Where an E-marker is required. And, of course, you need
to have a device capable of accepting such a powerful charge. Then similar
a cable would be helpful. In my case, I just got a power reserve,
which at the moment I can neither open nor test. But on the other
On the other hand, such a reserve is simply useful to have, you never know when it will come in handy, because technology
do not stand still.

Plus, I got just a quality cable, with a cool
soft braid and beautiful plugs.