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I need to buy a 3 meter micro usb cable to power my recently brought Cleverdog camera from here. I've seen that braided/fabric micro usb cables are much cheaper than normal ones (examples below). … Read More
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5m, 1w agoPosted 5 months, 1 week ago
I need to buy a 3 meter micro usb cable to power my recently brought Cleverdog camera from here.

I've seen that braided/fabric micro usb cables are much cheaper than normal ones (examples below).

My question is, apart from the fabric, is there much difference in performance? A 3M braided cable is £1.27 delivered as opposed to a normal one which is £3.75 delivered.

Braided - http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.X371810262153.TRS0&_nkw=371810262153&_sacat=0

Normal - http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.X111396123192.TRS0&_nkw=111396123192&_sacat=0
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5m, 1w agoPosted 5 months, 1 week ago
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#1
The same rating will have have the same performance. Worth paying a few pence for gold plated connections for longevity.
#2
In general there are two properties to look for in a cable: conductivity and physical strength. Grossly simplifying for USB applications: look for a cable rated at 24AWG copper which will offer more performance than one rated at 28AWG copper or other metal. If AWG rating is not mentioned, then just like physical strength, you have no perception of quality other than perceived from a few product images. These random items may suit your requirements: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/401221726978 or http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262703608877
#3
I find the braided ones are nice to use for charging ipad etc in constant use as they seem better joined to the connectors, but a camera one will presumably be fairly static once set up so a cheap one should suffice.
#4
'Braided' cable is standard PVC with a thin sheath on the outside. They tend to quickly tear and look tatty, especially if they rub against anything. I guess they're selling them off because nobody wants them.

john184
The same rating will have have the same performance. Worth paying a few pence for gold plated connections for longevity.

USB connectors typically break long before they start to corrode.

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