Let’s face it. You likely have devices that charge or connect to your computer with Micro-USB, USB-C, and/or Apple Lightning cables. As a result, you likely have multiple cables for each device. Universal USB cables have become increasingly popular and are becoming better with each iteration. Chargeasap has been through five successful crowdfunding campaigns and is back with its latest. Our Chargeasap Infinity Cable review takes a look at a USB-C cable with USB-C, Micro-USB, and Apple Lightning ends, as well as support for 100W Power Delivery. Read on for our review!
The Chargeasap Infinity Cable has the following features and specifications:
- Cross-device compatible
- LED power indicator
- USB-C laptop compatible
- PD charge compatible up to 100W
- Qualcomm QC2.0, QC3.0, QC4.0
- Removal tool
- Apple Carplay
- Connector end type: USB-C
- Magnetic tips: Apple Lightning, Micro-USB, USB-C
- Micro-USB max amps/volts: 5V/2.4A
- USB-C max amps/volts: 9V/1.67A, 9V/2A, 20V/3A, 20.2V/4.35A, 20V/5A
- Lightning (Apple) max amps/volts: 6.8V/1.7A, 5V/2.4A
- Data transfer speed: USB 2.0, 480MB/s
- Cable length: 1.2m (3.9 ft), 2m (6.5 ft) option available
- Mold material: Temperature resistant 9T
- LED hole size: 0.8mm
- Anti-fray protection: Advanced
- 3000D nylon reinforcement: Yes
- Resistor: 56Ω
- Wire thickness: 18AWG
- Cable outside diameter: 4.0mm
- Connector pins: 10
- International warranty: 15 years
What’s in the box
- Chargeasap Infinity Cable (USB-C one end)
- USB-C magnetic tip
- Micro-USB magnetic tip
- Apple Lightning magnetic tip
- Tip removal tool
- Magnetic stay
- USB-C to USB-A adapter
- Cable case
For starters, the Chargeasap Infinity Cable is nice and thick, featuring an 18AWG cable wrapped in a reinforced black and white nylon wrap. Altogether, the cable has a diameter of 4.0mm and is definitely thicker than your average cable. This also means it is stronger and sturdier, and it feels just so.
One end of the cable has your aluminum shielded USB-C connector with the Chargeasap printed in white on each side. The other end has another tip with the Chargeasap icon printed in white on each side. This end is hollowed out slightly with an array of 10 pins recessed inside.
The cable also has a rubber cable tie attached to it at about the halfway point, allowing you to keep any excess rolled up and tidy. This also works great for when you want to store or transport your cable.
The tips themselves are relatively small — 10mm (0.39″) wide — and feature a small oval base with a smaller oval black piece with ten recessed receptacles. When the tip is placed near the end of the cable, roughly 2-inches or closer, the cable actually moves forward and snaps against the tip. The pins on the inside of the cable connect with the receptacles in the tip to complete the circuit. The other end of the tip has your typical USB-C, Micro-USB, or Apple Lightning connector.
The tip is held in place with N52 grade neodymium magnets. These magnets are exceedingly strong and when the tip was in my Pixel 4 XL or Xbox controller, I could actually lift my device with the cable and the tip remained connected with no indication of separation. In fact, Chargeasap claims you can safely lift an iPad Air, which is just under 1lb, with the cable.
Once inserted into your device, the tips fit tight and are difficult to remove with your fingers. I was unable to remove them from my Pixel 4 XL, Xbox controllers, or laptop without using the included removal tool. While they are a bit of a pain to remove, that is a good thing as I wouldn’t worry about them just randomly falling out and losing them.
Another little bonus about the tips is that if you keep them in your device, it helps to keep dust out of your charging/data port. I did find that depending on the device, the tips do stick out a bit. With a smartphone and a thicker case, it was more flush. With a thinner case, the tip will stick out and you will then have an unlevel bottom which can be an issue if you have a phone stand for your device.
As for durability, the company has put the Infinity Cables through a bend test machine, bending the cable 180° at least 15,000 times. The casing is also reinforced with four 3000D nylon braids for added strength. Finally, Chargeasap rates the connector tips to 40,000 connections which will definitely get you through the next few years easily. In fact, the company is so sure of their product, the Infinity Cable comes with a 15-year warranty.
Ease of Use
The Chargeasap Infinity Cable is even easier to use than a standard cable. Simply place the correct tip into your smartphone, laptop, or other devices. Plug the USB-C end into your laptop, computer, or charger. Finally, move your device close to the other connector tip and it will snap into place and you’ll be set for charging or data transfer.
As for performance, the Chargeasap Infinity Cable works just as advertised. I used it with my Pixel 4 XL for both charging and data transfer. When connected, the phone did charge quickly. The specifications indicate it will do power delivery up to 100W but, unfortunately, we don’t have a unit on hand that fits that specification.
However, I ended up using the USB-C and Micro-USB tips for my Xbox controllers, one for the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and the other for the SCUF ELITE. It was way easier to snap them to the charging cable to charge than having to find the right cable.
Even better, by having the tips in the controllers, it was easy to plug into my Windows 10 laptop for use. Both controllers charged and worked as expected when used with the Infinity cable.
Our review sample came with both the optional magnetic stay and USB-C to USB-A adapter. Both are simple but effective. The magnetic stay can be attached anywhere with the reusable 3M backing. Once attached to a dashboard, computer, or another spot, the tip side of the cable sticks to it magnetically, keeping it tidy, out of the way, and ready to use. The USB-C to USB-A adapter, as one would expect, allows you to use the cable with a USB-A port as well as a USB-C port.
The Chargeasap Infinity Cable is available for another week or so on Kickstarter. There are very few limited early adopter prices of US$30 for a single cable and a set of three tips. The next tier jumps up to $35. There are also two packs, extra tips, and accessories that you can add on.
After the campaign, the price of a cable jumps up to $55. Personally, even though convenient, that is a bit much for a single cable, no matter how convenient or sturdy. Still, there is definitely value there, especially if you snag some extra tips so all your devices are “plugged” and ready to go. At any rate, I’d definitely jump on the Kickstarter prices while the campaign is still active.
As with any crowdfunding campaign, there is a risk of supporting them. We’ve recently heard about several that we’ve written about that have failed or are having issues. Our reporting on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdfunding campaigns does not mean we support or are affiliated with them. Support at your own risk.
On that note, as mentioned above, Chargeasap has already been through five successfully delivered crowdfunding campaigns in the past.
More and more devices are converting to USB-C but there are still plenty of devices that use Micro-USB or Apple’s Lightning connectors for charging and data. The Chargeasap Infinity Cable is a sturdy, well-constructed all-in-one cable for your USB device charging and data transfer needs. Even though a bit on the pricey side, it does offer great value, especially with its 15-year warranty. As such, it is also worthy of a Top Pick of 2019 Award here at Techaeris.
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Chargeasap Infinity CableUS$30+
- Strong, durable construction
- N52 grade neodymium magnets are strong
- Up to 100W PD
- Easy to use
- Leaving tips in device help prevent dust build up
- Tip does stick out, even past some phone cases
- Pricey at full retail