Unmixed USB magnetic cables are here

What if your cable could be magnetically stuck himself, forming a neat coil that does not become all floppy disk and does not get entangled in your drawers and bags? What if they were also good cables, capable of charging and syncing all things via USB-C, Lightning and more?

Well … now you can buy USB cables that do that first part! And it’s good enough that I really want cable manufacturers to understand the rest.

In recent weeks, I have tried some very good USB cables that can really do the trick with the magnetic snake. Originally brought to the attention of the English-speaking world by a brand called SuperCalla, they are now sold by a whole bunch of unknown brands such as Amazon and Alibaba. And they are incredible games, just as the SuperCalla Indiegogo campaign promised two years ago:


Image: SuperCalla

As you can see in my photo below, they are completely coiled like GIF! They are not exactly “self-wrapped” as some vendors claim, but the six legs are definitely easy to wrap.

Your coil may be taller or wider depending on the number of magnets per cycle – but these six-foot-long wires alone give you enough to work on.
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They work with a cord with magnetic beads and silicone sleeves in a thin cable, like this:

You see, it’s just a magnetic bead when you pull the silicone sleeve off. Both float freely on the cable.
Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

They can stick to themselves in other ways:

You can make a double cable behind it.
Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

And, of course, you can attach them to any kind of other ferrous metal items and pay as much cable as you need. I have one of these cables hanging from the metal base of my microphone right now, another hanging in the corner of my wall and another that travels nicely to the edge of my keyboard while charging my phone:

The magnets stick to the steel of my Razer keyboard. This would not work, say, with an Apple keyboard because they are made of aluminum.
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Ready to catch? I bought four different types of these cables, and all I suck a lot (this is a technical term) in data transfer, charging or both.

This one, which also has its own built-in blue LED light and magnetic interchangeable tips for USB-C, micro-USB and Lightning, will not charge most of my USB-C gadgets at all, but I managed to get some files from a external drive at low speeds USB 2.0 and I charge my iPhone via Lightning. It also has extremely weak winding magnets and feels even cheaper than the rest.

Magnets on magnets.

This USB-C to USB-C was pretty decent in charging, giving me 65W of USB-C PD power and had the best beam magnets – but would not connect at all to a Pixel 4A phone or my external USB-C drive. They just did not appear on my desktop!

This USB-A to USB-C cable was the worst. Just shaking it would unplug anything I had plugged in and it would charge 10 W – not the 15-18 W I usually see with my Pixel.

Finally, this USB-A in Lightning appears to be a SuperCalla cable, which appears in a “Original SuperCalla” box, even though it is sold under a “Tech” brand. Slow charging, slow data, but at least it seems to remain reliably connected to my iPhone so far.

But these are not the only confusing magnetic cable styles I have found. I also bought this neat accordion style, which is probably the best in the company: I charged 15 W and I feel better made than the rest.

The accordion cord may twist when you pull it.
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But it is less fun to play, the magnets are not as strong and it is a bit awkward when fully extended, because the joints will always protrude. In addition, it exceeds the USB 2.0 speeds of 480 Mbps (or about 42 MB / s in practice.) I could not find a C-to-C or Lightning version.

I would pay absolutely good money for a stable, reliable easy-to-use USB-C to USB-C six-legged cable with strong magnets, USB-C PD 100W charging, and USB 3.x bandwidth of at least 10 Gbps.

However, flexible ribbons and seams are durable.
Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

Or, if I’m really dreaming, what about 40 Gbps for USB 4? Let’s go for breaks and make the ultimate cable – give it a built-in power meter while you’re at it.

Right now, all I find is these cheap $ 10 innovation cables, and that’s a real shame. The design of the magnet deserves better, so do we.

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