Though it may seem like any other USB-C cable, Moshi has actually put quite a bit of thought into theirs. Aluminum housing reinforces stress points, and it supports up to 60W power and USB 2 data transfer speeds.
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Perhaps the best part is the indicator lights that tell you when your MacBook (or other device) is fully charged. It’s a feature I didn’t really know I was missing in making the switch from the MacBook Pro to the MacBook.
The Indicator lights are on both ends of the cable, too. And if you’re a cable organization freak like me, you’ll like that there’s an included wrap (though I quickly snapped that off and swapped it with my personal favorite).
Those who’ve been keeping up with USB-C cables know that it’s hit-and-miss out there. A Google engineer has been randomly testing them and reviewing on Amazon so we know what’s good, but Moshi’s cable hasn’t popped up there yet.
I asked the company about its testing process, and it issued this statement:
Moshi is an Apple-authorized MFi developer, Intel Thunderbolt licensee and USB-IF member, so all of our cables follow strict specifications.
On the testing/QC side of our USB-C Charge Cable, we make sure each cable follows the USB-C voltage drop spec. If a cable doesn’t follow this spec and the voltage drop is too great then it won’t charge the connected device.
We also use USB-C connectors with power and ground contacts that are long enough to ensure the correct power sequence. Cheaper USB-C connectors use less material so the contacts are shorter. If the power sequence isn’t correct, the product won’t function properly.
In my time with Moshi’s USB-C Charge Cable, I’ve had no problems. It charges the same as Apple’s included cable (which is imperfect), and hasn’t hinted it was damaging my USB-C port at all as that Google Engineer notes some do (in fairness, he mostly tests USB to USB-C cables).
That alone has made it my default USB-C cable.
➤ USB-C Charge Cable [Moshi]