I've been raving about how magnetic chargers are the future.
Paul from SubbyTech offered to send me some of their cables to review:
Happy to donate some of ours for you to try first hand 😁https://t.co/AHAuUSq979
— Subbytech (@subbytech) September 28, 2021
These are slightly different from the ones I've used before. These charge at a faster rate and they allow for data transfer.
So, how do they compare?
The cables have five small pins on their head.
The connector can rotate 360° and bends a full 180°.
The nubbins have USB-C, micro USB, or Lightning connectors on one end, and a small magnetic disk on the other.
When plugged in, the do protrude a little big - but not so much as to be annoying.
Magnets, how do they work?
The magnets are pretty strong and maintain a tight connection. Here they are in action:
They seem to charge pretty quickly - if you have a sufficiently powerful plug. The cables and magnets don't get noticeably warm.
They are remarkably boring - and that's a good thing! Plug the nubbin into your device and the magnet automatically attaches and delivers power.
Copying files off the phone via MTP was a speedy 25MB/s - which is plenty fast enough for me. Again, they are just like normal USB cables.
The big issue with these is that they're incompatible with the old magnetic chargers I have. Because of the shape of the charging pin, they simply won't fit. That's the price that I pay for being an early adopter, eh?
The light up cable is... disco?
I can't quite see the appeal of this. A distraction if you're doing something within its eyeline. But the regular cables are a lot less flashy. You may want to cover up the blue LEDs if you're sensitive to bright lights.
Individual 1m cables cost a tenner, or you can get a four-pack for £30. The 2m cables are £14 for one and £34 for 4.
Extra nubbins - available in USB-C, Micro USB, and Apple's Lightning - cost ~£2 each.
That's pretty reasonable, I think.
Are they worth it?
It's tough. I'm biased because I have the older version. I can't remember when I last tethered my laptop to my phone via cable. Bluetooth and WiFi covers my data transfer needs. Similarly, it is rare that I need to charge rapidly - I'm either by a plug or have a big battery with me.
If you're new to the world of magnetic charging, I highly recommend them. It really is a more convenient way to charge your devices. If you've already got some of the older standard - it's only worth upgrading if you need the speed + data.
And, don't buy the flashing ones unless you're dressing the set for a sci-fi film!