Reversible micro usb cable £1.29 @ Home Bargains
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Reversible micro usb cable £1.29 @ Home Bargains

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Found 25th Jul 2016
Just got back from home bargains and they are selling Salkin reversible micro USB cables for £1.29. The exact same ones are selling for £9.99 at mobilefun. ( Note: the micro USB side is reversible, not the standard USB end)

They seem to work as intended so I went back and bought 4 more.

If you find it a daily annoyance that you have to line up your charging cable then this might be for you - if not, then keep calm and carry on
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I don't get why people are skeptical of these. I bought one on pre-order from a chinese store and my mates were skeptical - I was fully confident in them.

I received them shortly after release date and they worked as I thought they would. My mates tried them and were still baffled by them and refused to believe it - even after trying and belived it would break the Micro USB port on their phone.

Still using them and unlike some, they're Qualcomm Fast Charge compatible.

£1.29 is a steal!
I think you should change the description to USB-C as that's the only reversible one, not for 90 of micro USB devices
intuder,

https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/phones/mobile-phones/articles/reversible-microusb-cable-reviews

don't think these are usb-c, but proper micro USB.
Saw these yesterday, definitely Micro USB.
​They ARE reversible micro USB - not USB-C.
Is Salkin a Belkin knock off?
tarryboy

Is Salkin a Belkin knock off?



​no no it's a total genuine brand like Sorny, Panaphonic and Magnetic.
tarryboy

Is Salkin a Belkin knock off?



Even the packaging is fairly Belkinish...
spannerzone

​no no it's a total genuine brand like Sorny, Panaphonic and Magnetic.



And worst of all, Onkyo.
£1 in pound land
intuder

I think you should change the description to USB-C as that's the only … I think you should change the description to USB-C as that's the only reversible one, not for 90 of micro USB devices



Nope you're wrong, fully reversible micro USB cables have been created where both ends are reversible. Go look it up on YouTube so you can see how it works. The cable in this deal is reversible and is NOT USB-C
Edited by: "fishmaster" 25th Jul 2016
I have one of the double ended reversible USB to Micro USB, great cable.

Cant get my head around how both ends can be reversible and it still work.

Bought mine from Aliexpress

Great in bed at night, no messing around when plugging in the cable, in the dark.
intuder

I think you should change the description to USB-C as that's the only … I think you should change the description to USB-C as that's the only reversible one, not for 90 of micro USB devices


USB-C was designed as a reversible interface from the ground up. Not microUSB, but the termination at the end of this cable has a clever design which enables reversible pairing at the microUSB end without damaging the port.

This is definitely a microUSB cable, but one which allows reversible pairing owing to its unique design.
Edited by: "hcc27" 26th Jul 2016
ooh, looks like something else I didn't realise I needed..... until it was a deal on HUKD
deleted57959

SO if this is the case, what is the point in USB-C? surely they could of … SO if this is the case, what is the point in USB-C? surely they could of made the USB C spec Micro USB backwards compatible?There has been no better connections than USB, MiniUSB & Micro USB. USB C just muddies the waters for me.



Higher transfer rate and the port is much more stable - the micro USB port can be made reversible but has much worse tolerance to strain compared to the new USB-C.
fake belkin
coventgamer

fake belkin


What's your point - it's £1.29 for something that is eminently better than the original design.

I have one from Aliexpress that has both ends reversible, but TBH the USB end is generally plugged into a charger, so it's only the micro end that needed to be reversible, and it's much like an Apple lightning cable, no faffing about, just whack it in (it does also fit much more solidly than the non-reversible version, with a proper click)
akajasik

£1 in pound land



​Is it a normal cable or reversible? I'm sure they are quite short in length too..
If this is like the Blitzwolf ones from Banggood, I wouldn't bother. They are pretty fragile and break after a few months. I bought a pack of 3. one broke within 3 months, another lasted 2 months. Haven't bothered with the third.
intuder

I think you should change the description to USB-C as that's the only … I think you should change the description to USB-C as that's the only reversible one, not for 90 of micro USB devices



​ it's a micro usb cable, not usb c
rprp

If this is like the Blitzwolf ones from Banggood, I wouldn't bother. They … If this is like the Blitzwolf ones from Banggood, I wouldn't bother. They are pretty fragile and break after a few months. I bought a pack of 3. one broke within 3 months, another lasted 2 months. Haven't bothered with the third.


You have been quite unlucky then. Between the department we bought 35 of them. I personally use 3 on a daily basis, including one on a USB battery that us constantly being plugged, unplugged, coiled etc. The only fault we have had was someone ran their office chair over one. It crushed the full sized USB end. 5 minutes reshaping with a screwdriver soon fixed it.

I am looking at putting another order in sometime. I may give a few of these a try first though.
I don't quite understand how these work from a polarity perspective, unless they have different contacts for each way it connects
welshblob

I don't quite understand how these work from a polarity perspective, … I don't quite understand how these work from a polarity perspective, unless they have different contacts for each way it connects



Me too, especially the double ended reversible. A real head scratcher for me.
Wolfylee

Just got back from home bargains and they are selling Salkin … Just got back from home bargains and they are selling Salkin reversible micro USB cables for £1.29. The exact same ones are selling for £9.99 at mobilefun. ( Note: the micro USB side is reversible, not the standard USB end)They seem to work as intended so I went back and bought 4 more.If you find it a daily annoyance that you have to line up your charging cable then this might be for you - if not, then keep calm and carry on


Thanks for posting.

Could you install the app ampere and see what charging current you get, compared to your standard cable?

Gives a good idea of the quality (if not the durability).

Original

OB1

Thanks for posting.Could you install the app ampere and see what charging … Thanks for posting.Could you install the app ampere and see what charging current you get, compared to your standard cable?Gives a good idea of the quality (if not the durability).


Original and this reversible cable peaks at 1040mA. That's using an S6 and Samsung fast charger.
Wolfylee

OriginalOriginal and this reversible cable peaks at 1040mA. That's using … OriginalOriginal and this reversible cable peaks at 1040mA. That's using an S6 and Samsung fast charger.


Thanks! I guess your battery is quite full as otherwise I would have thought you'd get a higher charge rate. But the fact this cheap cable matches the Samsung one is impressive!
rprp

If this is like the Blitzwolf ones from Banggood, I wouldn't bother. They … If this is like the Blitzwolf ones from Banggood, I wouldn't bother. They are pretty fragile and break after a few months. I bought a pack of 3. one broke within 3 months, another lasted 2 months. Haven't bothered with the third.


Agree with this - bought the same - they fall apart.
What app do people recommend for measuring charging current, voltage etc. In order to rate a charging cable.
neilcaldwell

What app do people recommend for measuring charging current, voltage etc. … What app do people recommend for measuring charging current, voltage etc. In order to rate a charging cable.



Someone about 5 posts above yours said:

"Could you install the app ampere and see what charging current you get, compared to your standard cable?"
rprp

If this is like the Blitzwolf ones from Banggood, I wouldn't bother. They … If this is like the Blitzwolf ones from Banggood, I wouldn't bother. They are pretty fragile and break after a few months. I bought a pack of 3. one broke within 3 months, another lasted 2 months. Haven't bothered with the third.



I bought three and am still on the first one. No signs of fraying or deformation and it still clicks in solidly at the micro usb end. Actually more reliable than the branded standard usb cables I have used.
welshblob

I don't quite understand how these work from a polarity perspective, … I don't quite understand how these work from a polarity perspective, unless they have different contacts for each way it connects



​ok, it's like two plugs squished together in opposite directions with almost no insulation between the 2rows of pins. the metal shroud is oval rather than keyed so it allows plug to insert either way round. The danger is a positive pin is right next to the negative pin on the other side with just thin insulation between them.
more http://www.scosche.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/r/e/reversible_micro_straight-on_1000.jpg
spannerzone

​ok, it's like two plugs squished together in opposite directions with a … ​ok, it's like two plugs squished together in opposite directions with almost no insulation between the 2rows of pins. the metal shroud is oval rather than keyed so it allows plug to insert either way round. The danger is a positive pin is right next to the negative pin on the other side with just thin insulation between them.


So that means there's the risk of the contacts short circuiting at some point through wear n tear, so could this potentially damage a phone/PC etc?
Pateo

So that means there's the risk of the contacts short circuiting at some … So that means there's the risk of the contacts short circuiting at some point through wear n tear, so could this potentially damage a phone/PC etc?



​yes if it's poorly built plug.
I can confirm these things also work well as a cable to charge Wileyfox Swift, with it's inconveniently long micro usb port.
Phil_G

The only fault we have had was someone ran their office chair over one. … The only fault we have had was someone ran their office chair over one. It crushed the full sized USB end. 5 minutes reshaping with a screwdriver soon fixed it.



A bit harsh. I'm sure they didn't realise they were going to crush the cable when they moved their chair.
Hope they get better soon.
Ta OP got one of these. Fits much more securely that the standard micro usb.
Just bought 5 of these, absolutely brilliant idea. Solves one of those niggling little issues that are fairly insignificant but utterly annoying! Great find at this price
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