If you and your loved ones are using different mobile devices, trying to cope with numerous charging cables, you may have multiple connector issues: the problem of those who need to carry multiple cords to charge their tech. You’ve probably experienced the frustration of tangled cables, grabbing the wrong cable and/or fighting over who gets to charge their device first.
- If you have an ereader, Android device, Windows Phone or BlackBerry, you need a cord with a micro USB connector.
- If you have an Apple iDevice from the first part of 2012 and earlier, you need a cord with a 30-pin connector.
- If you have a later iDevice you need a cord with a Lightning connector.
Cords don’t always play nicely with each other, resulting in you wrestling with cable spaghetti. You can also be caught with the wrong cord, unable to charge your device when you need to. Families have even been known to fight over outlets with multiple people having access to only one source of power.
I recently discovered a 3-in-1 universal cable that falls into the category of “why didn’t I think of that?” This cable provides you with a micro USB connector, a 30-pin connector and a Lightning connector all in one cable.
This cord has a USB connector on the other end so you can plug it into a computer or a USB adapter for the wall or your car. You can charge all three types of devices at once or you can just keep it handy when you don’t know which device you’ll need to charge next. When you’re traveling you can take this along to lighten your load and make sure everyone can charge their devices on the go.
I was reluctant at first to upgrade to the iPhone 5s because that would force me to use three different types of cables: one for my iPhone, a different one for my iPad and a third for my Kindle. This universal cable solves that dilemma.
What You Need to Know
You can use this cable to sync data to your computer, but only with the Lightning connector, the micro USB abd 30-pin connectors don’t transfer data.
The cord is short at 9″ which is helpful to avoid tangling but may restrict your ability to use it when you need a longer cord.
The cable is guaranteed by the manufacturer to work with iOS 7.
I have been using this cable in my car and in my home and have been impressed with how well it works. I have been using the cable for about two weeks so I can’t comment on the long-term use of this cable. I will update this article if I have any further information to share.
Update: The sale price of $19 for this cable at 9to5Toys has been extended until November 15.
The 3-in-1 Universal USB Charging Cable is available on sale until November 15 from 9to5Toys for $19. Free shipping is available to the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.
The cable is also available directly from the manufacturer, Bazaared, for $59 with free shipping worldwide.
Do you struggle with cable spaghetti? Are you ever frustrated by having the wrong cable with you? Do you wish that all devices had the same connector? Do you like this solution for your cable woes? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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* Tangled cable image courtesy of Gavin Schaeffer.