Durable Kevlar Braided USB-C Power Cable.
Power your device at maximal speeds with the rugged Kevlar braided cable from Nomad. Available in 0.3M/1.5M/3M lengths, the cable is designed for durability and rugged power delivery rather than data transfers. Enjoy reinforced neck/collar segments, a sturdy braided body, a secure silicone cable strap, and a 5-year Guarantee. Lastly, know that your purchase supports a company who has remained carbon neutral for the past 3 years.
- Ease of Use
Rugged cable design for optimized power delivery.
The Nomad USB-C Kevlar Cable arrived in a 4 1/4 inches wide by 7 1/8-inches tall by 1-inch thick hanging style retail package. The main silver-gray packaging segment provided a clean backdrop for the black font and lower white information banner. The company name was listed along the top edge of the cover panel, while the generic USB-C Kevlar 3m/10ft length information was listed within the white lower banner.
The main focus was the slightly raised, glossy-textured image of the braided Kevlar cable. I liked the clear view of the silver USB-C prongs, the dark black neck/body segments of the prongs, the braided nature of the cable, and the silicone cable tie. Both side panels provided the NOMAD name atop a topographic-like map design and the same lower right banner information. I liked the discreet and to-the-point nature of the information.
The rear panel provided a list of four product features (Rugged Kevlar Construction, UP to 100W Power Transfer, Cable Tie for Easy Organization, 5-year Guarantee), two closeup images of the product (USB-C prong, body, neck, cable tie), and information about carbon neutrality within the lower banner (Carbon Neutral since 2020, Climate Neutral Certified). I did not see information about data transfer and assumed that the cable was designed as a power-only system. Lastly, the lower panel showed a few product manufacturing labels and a unique UPC/SKU barcode with a little jeep. Overall, I liked the packaging color scheme and the use of contrast between the black font and silver/white backgrounds. Each image provided a helpful peek into the features/details of the cable.
I pulled the mesh strap on the top panel and slid the inner tray out from the outer shell. I removed the 121-inch long, 4.8-ounce cable from the cardboard tray and evaluated each USB-C prong. Each end had a 1/4 inch tall by 5/16 inches wide by 1/16 inches thick metallic USB-C prong attached to an angular 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch wide by 5/8 inch tall neck segment. Each neck segment was attached to a 1-inch-tall tapering collar segment that terminated in a 1/4-inch diameter braided cable. To test the prongs, I inserted/removed each USB-C end into and out of a UGREEN power block 100 times. I gripped the neck/collar segment, bent/tugged at the connection points, and then bent the cable at the collar/cable junction. The rugged braided cable design paired nicely with the long neck/collar segment and demonstrated the cable’s durability.
I plugged a Klein Tools Multimeter into a 67W USB-C Apple Charging Block and then the Nomad braided cable between the multimeter and my iPad Pro 12.9″. Starting at 09:44 AM at 2% power (15.18V/2.25A), the iPad Pro Increased to 23% by 10:06 AM (15.17V/2.39A). By 10:44 AM, the iPad Pro increased to 64% (15.15V/2.46A). By 11:01 AM, the iPad increased to 77% (15.15V/1.98A). By 11:40 AM, the iPad Pro had fully charged. For the second test, I plugged the cable into my MacBook Pro 15″ 2018. Starting at 4:30 PM at 7% power (20.11V/3.21A), the MacBook increased to 13% by 4:41 PM (20.23V/2.64A). By 5:04 PM, the MacBook Pro increased to 28% (20.18V/3.12A). By 5:51 PM, the MacBook Pro increased to 63% (20.19V/3.11A). By 6:18 PM, the MacBook Pro increased to 83% power (20.19V/2.44A). By 6:48 PM, the MacBook Pro increased to 98% (20.04V/2.20A).
I loved the cable’s length, hardy braided design, and fortified collar segment. The thick cable tie allowed for proper cable management and was a welcomed addition to the cable. I liked that the silicone strap encompassed the cable instead of attaching around it. The cable never felt hot to the touch, and the charging rate matched typical device specifications. The boxy neck segment was a bit bulky, but it still worked with the tighter iPhone 15 Pro Max Catalyst Influence case and Otterbox brand cases. I tested the cable with my Nintendo Switch and a portable USB-C monitor and found that the cable did not transmit data. Similarly, the cable would not transfer data between my UGREEN USB Dock and an attached Toshiba hard drive.
The cable was designed for power delivery only, focusing on durability and power delivery rather than data transfers. The packaging provided no information about data transfer, while the website discussed USB 2.0 Data Transfer Speeds. As mentioned previously, when attempting to use devices capable of USB 2.0 speeds, I could not transfer to/from my hard drive. Additionally, the device could not display video from my Nintendo Switch to a portable USB-C monitor, unlike my Genki USB-C cable or Anker cable. Thus for the price, I am a bit disappointed that the Nomad Cable was unable to transfer data.
If you are looking for Thunderbolt 4 connection and transfer speeds, this may not be your device. However, if you are looking for a highly rugged, durable, lengthy 10-foot power cable, Nomad has you covered.