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Monoprice Premium USB Cable Charging Speeds

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24th March 2014, 03:27 AM   |  #1  
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Hi,

I'm looking at purchasing some monoprice premimum mico usb charging cables but before I spring AUD$26 for shipping plus cables, I'd like to know what sort of charge people that people are getting in mA .

I know the N5 charger maxes out at 1.2A and the N5 is limited to 1.65A itself, however I'd like to know if anyone is getting between these two figures by using a monoprice cable.

I'm getting the following using CurrentWidget

Stock N5 charger and cable - 1,012mA

HP Touchpad charger (5.3V/2A) and cable - 1,015mA

Apple 10W charger (5.1V/2.1A) and 28AWG/2C cable - 930mA

It would be great if people could post what charger they are using with the monoprice premium cable together with the mA they are getting with their N5.

Also, if your using another type of cable that allows for charging between 1.2A and 1.65A that would be great too.

Thanks
26th March 2014, 06:27 AM   |  #2  
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I ordered some of the 6ft premium usb cables ,will let you know when i get them. My original usb cable that came with the phone has a bad connection wobbles. Using Battery Monitor Widget the highest i got was

980mA - OEM Nexus charger and cable. Charging from 60%, will test more when battery depletes.
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I ordered some of the 6ft premium usb cables ,will let you know when i get them. My original usb cable that came with the phone has a bad connection wobbles. Using Battery Monitor Widget the highest i got was

980mA - OEM Nexus charger and cable. Charging from 60%, will test more when battery depletes.

Thanks for the offer to test the monoprice cables and report back.

In the interim I've ordered some Motorola Ecomoto cables which from a video review on xda showed a charge of around 1,480mA on a N5 using current widget. I'll also report back once I get these.
26th March 2014, 07:53 AM   |  #4  
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Was looking to try either Ecomoto or the Monoprice premium cables. Looking forward to hearing both your opinions on them.
26th March 2014, 12:04 PM   |  #5  
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I have the 6ft Premium cables and did a quick comparison using Battery Monitor Widget suggested above. Both screenshots are using the OEM wall wart and at ~80% battery.

OEM Cable


MonoPrice Cable


Not much of a difference, but a more thorough comparison might show a bigger difference. I'll leave that to the others in the thread.

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26th March 2014, 09:46 PM   |  #6  
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Thanks Native89.

I heard the best time to do a test is when the battery is between 20% and 70%.

Try that and see if you get better results
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I have the 6ft Premium Cable from Monoprice and I see up to 1050 mA using the stock charger.
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I have the 6ft Premium Cable from Monoprice and I see up to 1050 mA using the stock charger.

raptir, that doesnt seem to be good news.

Are there any markings on the cable to tell whether it has 28AWG/2C or 24AWG/2C power conductors?

From what I've read it appears that you need 24AWG/2C power conductors to be able to handle charging above the 1,000mA mark.

I'm still waiting on delivery of the Motorola Ecomoto cables, but for those who are interested I purchased them from this US based seller on ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/360885775...84.m1439.l2649

I also purchased this cable from another ebay seller http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111292267...84.m1439.l2649. The cable states it supports a 2.1A fast charge and the cross section in the ebay listing shows 24AWG/2C power conductors, so it looks promising.

Its going to be a few weeks until I get these cables and provide a review, so please subscribe to this thread to get updates when I do.
27th March 2014, 04:13 PM   |  #9  
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I have the 6ft Premium Cable from Monoprice and I see up to 1050 mA using the stock charger.

I get around 850mA~1,050mA depending on the % i plug the phone into charging.

And i got this one http://amazon.com/gp/product/B003L18...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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raptir, that doesnt seem to be good news.

Are there any markings on the cable to tell whether it has 28AWG/2C or 24AWG/2C power conductors?

From what I've read it appears that you need 24AWG/2C power conductors to be able to handle charging above the 1,000mA mark.

I'm still waiting on delivery of the Motorola Ecomoto cables, but for those who are interested I purchased them from this US based seller on ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/360885775...84.m1439.l2649

I also purchased this cable from another ebay seller http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111292267...84.m1439.l2649. The cable states it supports a 2.1A fast charge and the cross section in the ebay listing shows 24AWG/2C power conductors, so it looks promising.

Its going to be a few weeks until I get these cables and provide a review, so please subscribe to this thread to get updates when I do.

If it's "not good news" then it's bad news about the charger, not the cable. You said you get slightly less from your stock cable with the stock charger. A 1.2A charger is never going to actually give you 1.2A charging speed. They're just not 100% efficient.

Edit: Fast charging is also not the best thing for your battery, and that's why they don't just ship every phone with a 2A charger and let you have at it. A higher charging rate leads to increased battery degradation.
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