I have been browsing through the web to seek answers on what truly differentiates the Powerline series from each other. Though there are several reviews and blogs present, the only key difference I am noticing is the bend lifespan–with the other features nearly identical. Though I hope that more about this will surface in the near future, I am here to create a thread for the community to give their own take on what separates the Powerline cables from each other–to shed light on what we should focus on as potential future customers. At the end of the day, I am interested in purchasing an Anker Powerline product myself–thus need guidance–but it would be a great benefit to us all if you could provide your input on the Powerline cables. If you will, you could treat this as a comparison page.
Notably, I am looking for differences between USB-A/USB-C, rubber/nyalon-braided, and the varying lengths of cables.
Personally, I am aware USB-C cables enable faster charging, but I do not have any USB-C wall chargers, or anything for that matter, that uses USB-C–and I am not sure if I am prepared to make the jump if using USB-A is going to be more versatile for me to use in the long run.
As far as I can tell, I have not ran across data or reviews that substantially suggest the Powerline cables are any better than another in the aspect of charging speed and data transfer–only bend lifespan, warranty duration, and of course, cost.
I have an Apple iPhone XS Max, but I am seeking a well-rounded cable that can handle everyday use for everyday devices, like the iPad, iPhone, and possibly future Apple products that use the lightning cable and USB-A charging. On that note, it is still unknown whether Apple will begin utilizing USB-C fully across all their devices, but if need be, I will make the switch to USB-C cables. In regards to micro USB’s, again, I find no need for them as I do not specifically use devices that utilize micro USB’s.
With all that said, at the end of the day, I am your average customer that is looking for a versatile and quality cable that I can use in my day-to-day life. And as your average customer, I was confused on what truly differentiated the Powerline cables from each other (hence this thread).
At this point, I suppose I am juggling bend lifespan, cost, and how the warranties factor in and potentially “cover up” the other two former factors.
If I may, I have three general questions:
- Do the nyalon-braided cables wear and fray over time like you would expect from anything that is woven/braided?
- Do the rubber cables give and break (eventually when it is worn down) like any other rubber cable?
- In my search, I’ve seen several accounts of people claiming their cables stop working within months of purchasing Anker cables. Is this caused by the cables breaking or do they just stop working?