A solid cable for charging USB-C devices.
As odd as it may sound, I actually really like reviewing different types of cables. This is one of the most sought-after accessories out there and as such, there are many to choose from. At first, you could only get specialty cables with your products and the manufacturers that designed them. Now, there are hundreds of third-party companies out there that provide a different, more economical way to obtain the cables you need for charging and data transfer. I recently discovered one of those companies — Aimus — and I’ve been very happy with their selection of cables including this new USB-C charging/syncing cable by Alyee.
The Alyee 6FT Nylon Braided USB-C cable is tough and built for durability. It uses USB 3.0 as its charging and syncing protocol and will provide up to 5V/4A of power (depends on power source). One end of the cable is a USB-A plug and the other is USB-C, which is great for connecting to certain smartphones, headphones, and even some laptops. It’s not a ‘new’ technology, but it’s certainly newer as a mainstream connector. Alyee has incorporated top-grade nylon braided cord and internal stiffeners to make the cable stronger than other braided cables on the market. This cable goes through rigorous testing before it hits the shelves and is bent over 10,000 times in a lab for safety. This cable is available in two colors — red and blue/black.
The Alyee USB-C cable arrived in a generic plastic bag. It is transparent so you can see the product resting inside, but there aren’t any details of the product other than “USB Charge Cable” stamped on the front of the bag. The cable comes with a Velcro cable strap and is pre-wrapped tightly with a twist-tie. The blue is sort of a deep blue mixed with a charcoal gray. I like it because it’s subtle but still stands out from the sea of all black cables. The nylon braiding is tight, but still very flexible to work with. I’ve used some braided cables that are unbearable to work with but this Alyee cable is very pliable.
Aside from its general physical properties, I did run some charging tests on it. I would have loved to attempt to charge my MacBook Pro with this cable, but unfortunately, I do not have a USB-A charger that will push out enough wattage to charge my laptop. So, I opted to charge a first generation Google Pixel with the cable. It worked famously and after about an hour and 25 minutes, the battery had gained 71%. That is a gain of 0.85% per minute. I also checked to see what the power delivery was like using the cable. I got a reading of 4.97V/0.99A from our digital USB tester. I was happy with these results and didn’t notice any issues with overheating.
You have to be cautious about the cables you select to charge your devices. There are so many out there that you have to be aware of how well they will or will not work for you. This Alyee 6FT Nylon Braided USB-C Cable from Aimus is a great option for USB-C device users out there. At $13, it’s price is in line with other USB-C cables in the market.