Paracable review: Built to last and made to work

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Paracable

The paracable is worth picking if you’re tough on your cables and enjoying a pleasing look to your gear.

Buying a nice cable to charge and sync your smartphone can be a hit or miss proposition. Sometimes you get a decent cable that holds up for a good amount of time and sometimes you don’t. For the most part, the included cables that come with your smartphone aren’t all that great either. Paracable was started because the co-founder adopted a kitten named Baxter who chewed through several rounds of Apple lightning cables. After multiple destroyed cables, much thought and prototyping, Paracable became a reality.

Paracable Specifications

Lightning cable

  • Apple MFI (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPhone) certified lightning USB cable
  • Wrapped in stunning ’32 bit’ paracord fabric and features sleek and durable aluminum end housing
  • Capable of 2.0+ amps of charging power
  • 5 feet in length to accommodate a variety of charging scenarios
  • 5 styles including Continuum, Gecko, Glacier, Matrix and “1.21 Giggawatts”
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee and 1 year hassle free warranty included

MicroUSB cable

  • Compatible with thousands of mobile phones and electronic devices including Android, Blackberry and Windows
  • Wrapped in stunning ’32 bit’ paracord fabric and features sleek and durable aluminum end housing
  • Capable of 2.0+ amps of charging power
  • Available in 3.2 feet and 5 feet to accommodate a variety of charging scenarios
  • 6 styles including Continuum, Gecko, Glacier, Magma, Matrix and “1.21 Giggawatts”
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee and 1 year hassle free warranty included

Design

Wrapped in 32 bit paracord fabric the look of these cables is absolutely beautiful. They remind me of some of my old guitar cables which I loved using when I did play guitar. Paracable only come in 5′ lengths but I found that to be a very convenient length, more useful than 3′ and not overkill. The ends are made of high quality aluminum and some plastics, and are very sturdy and should hold up to normal use for a long time. Overall the design of these cables is splendid and they’re available in a few different colors too.

ParacablePerformance

Testing of the Paracable was done with real world use, we’re not engineers so there’s no fancy test equipment here. We can say that the cables performed just as advertised and did charge our iPhones as they should be. The cables are also less prone to tangling like rubber coated thinner cables and that’s a huge plus. We did not receive a MicroUSB version so we couldn’t test those out but I’d imagine they’re pretty much similar to the Lightning version. Overall I am pleased with the performance of this cable it works as any cable should work but it’s much sturdier and the length is spot on.

Price/Value

Paracable has their retail price set at $28 for the Lightning and $23 for the MicroUSB but as of this writing they’re listed at $23.95 and $17.95 (Amazon is $24.95/$15.95). At those reduced prices you’re really getting a steal here. Plus, when I clicked Paracable’s website, another coupon offer popped up so some may be able to take advantage of that.

Wrap Up

It is worth picking these up if you’re tough on your cables and enjoying a pleasing look to your gear.

Paracable
4.9 Out of 5
Nailed It
Lomg, well built, strong and a beautiful design these cables are made for both Lightning and MicroUSB users and are a treat to use.
Needs Work
There really isn't a con here more of a wish there were...the USB A side might have benefited from being reversible.
Bottom Line
You can find cheapO cables on Amazon all day but the Paracable isn't cheap. It's also not overpriced, we think this is an affordable well built cable that will last longer than cheap Amazon versions. Worth buying a few.
Design5.00
Ease of Use5.00
Performance4.75
Price/Value4.75
*We were sent review samples of Paracable for the purposes of this review.
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