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Belkin’s new USB-C cable with Kevlar fibers is the strongman of cables

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Connoisseur of cables, Belkin, has just added a new little number to its line of Mixit DuraTek cables, and it’s reinforced with Kevlar fiber to protect it from the tough cable life.

Normally used in bulletproof vests, crash helmets and extreme sports gear, Kevlar fibers give the new 4-foot long DuraTek USB-C cable added strength to resist the wear and tear of everyday use.

Along with a double-braided nylon exterior, flexible insulation and an elongated strain relief neck between the cable and the connector head, this should make fraying, exposed wires and friction damage a nuisance of the past.

The cable is USB-C to USB-C, making it possible to connect certain smartphones, tablets and accessories to a PC with a USB-C port.

At the moment, that limits the cable’s services to a relatively small number of smartphones. The Google Pixel, LG G5 and HTC 10 are among the few handsets that will take the cable, and the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have recently joined the club.

We’re seeing a growing number of PCs getting USB-C-connectivity, too, so there’s a promising future in store for Belkin’s new armour-clad cable.

The cable is also MFi certified, which means it will work with Apple products like the iPod, iPad and iPhone. It’s available now in black, silver, rose gold and gold for £24.99 from Belkin’s website.

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Will you be laying down the cash for Belkin's new super-strong cable? Let us know in the comments below.

Phil

April 4, 2017, 12:09 pm

Kevlar isn't really going to help here any more than decent braided nylon. It's simply a marketing ploy. It won't be possible to make it densely woven enough to provide cut or decent abrasion protection whilst retaining decent flexibility. In my experience it's rarely the wires that fail in these components (and if it is then it tends to be internal fracturing of the actual conductive material due to repeated flexing rather than the external insulation). It's usually the connector or the join to the connector. This use of Kevlar is simply a marketing ploy in my mind unless they can provide data showing proper scientific testing that shows it is indeed better than a decent braided nylon covered cable in normal use. What you want with this kind of thing is to provide a level of rigidity to stop it repeatedly flexing so much that it causes fracturing of the conductive material (but still allowing it to coil up properly and be flexible). Most people don't stick their wires in their pocket with sandpaper or an exposed knife blade.

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