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Check for faulty and dangerous cables: qualMeter review

Have you ever stopped to think about the quality of all those charging cables you have lying around at home? I hadn’t.  Then I tried this little gizmo called the qualMeter.  Amazing stuff.

This $40 gadget will tell you if your charging port is working ok, and if cables are up to scratch, rating their performance from Best down to Worst in quality.

I thought I’d test it first on a power bank battery. This is a solid Comsol 5V 2A battery pack, and it passed with flying colours.

Then I dug into my box of cables.

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Yeah, I’ve got a few.  I looked for something unbranded, probably old.  And was not let down.  First cable, not a good result.

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Next I found a cable that showed a much better result but also indicated the shielded nature of the cable too.

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To get right to the point, I got an Apple lightning cable directly from the iPhone box.  Flying colours.

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Belkin’s new Kevlar cable – flying colours.

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Interestingly and I think refreshingly, the VOOC fast charge cable from Oppo which should be top-notch given it’s taking all the current for fast charging-  excellent result.

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So, time to test those cables and get rid of the dangerous ones.

I’d love to have the time to duck out and buy one of those $1 cables and see how it goes – my tip is it would fail dismally.

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The qualMeter is available online for $39.95 from SimTech Technology

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