Incase USB Mini Cable Kit Review

When you think of pocket gear, you probably think of multitools or even small flashlights that you can add to your keyring.  You probably don’t think of USB cables, but the USB Cable Kit from Incase is small enough to qualify as pocket gear.  I recently purchased this cable set to keep in my purse, and I thought I’d do a small review for this small set.

The Incase USB Mini Cable Kit also comes in a Grey color choice, but I bought the Fluorescent option.  All the cables are stored in a little travel pouch with a Velcro closure.  The pouch measures 4.6″ long X 3″ tall X about 0.25″ thick with the cables inside.

Incase states the cables are 4″ long, but mine actually measured about 3.75″ each, tip to tip.

The cables are color-coded so you can easily grab the one you need:  orange miniUSB, blue microUSB, and green Apple 30-pin connector.  Of course, each cable has a standard USB plug on the other end.  These cables have flexible reinforcement sleeves at the plug junctures and a soft-touch, rubbery coating over the cables and plastic ends.

The cable is thin, only about 1/8th of an inch in diameter, and they are stiff and resistant to easy bending.  The cables are short enough that they certainly don’t need to be wrapped for storage, and they lay flat inside the travel pouch.  Hopefully they’ll last a long while.

Although the cables are short, you can see I could easily use them to charge/sync my iPhone (Apple cable) and my Sony PRS-T1 (microUSB).  I don’t currently have any device that uses a miniUSB cable, so I couldn’t test that one.  Both the other cables worked fine.

I needed room beside my MacBook Pro to rest the devices on while charging, which is fine while I’m at home.  When I’m traveling, I might not have that much room, so I purchased a 1-meter AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable ($5) to use with these little cables.

It didn’t fit inside the pouch with the other cables, but I could easily roll up the extension cable and use the Velcro to hold it with the travel pouch.

The travel pouch and three Mini cables weighed 0.95 ounce on my digital kitchen scale.  With the extension cable, my little kit weighed 2.7 ounces.  I can drop it in my Tom Bihn Little Swift bag that I use as my daily purse and not even notice anything extra is in there.  I’ll be glad it’s there if I need a cable, because I’ll know I have anything I could need with me at all times.  You could fit them in your pocket, but it would probably be better to keep the kit in a shirt pocket instead of pants pockets, where they’d be more subject to bending.  I know, they’re a bit expensive, but they are convenient, more compact, and cost less than buying 3 individual cables.

 

Product Information

Price:$24.95 from Incase; less at Amazon
Manufacturer:Incase
Pros:
  • Very small and compact
  • Very lightweight
  • Includes the three most common USB connectors
Cons:
  • A bit expensive
Posted in: Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Julie April 21, 2012, 10:22 am

    I need to get a set of these to lessen the mess in my gear pouches. Nice find!

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  • Tip April 21, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Do and Amazon search for Smartphone Charge and Sync kit. Should turn one up for $12.99 that has all three of these cable plus an extension — sans the case, of course, but @ half the price do you really need a case?

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  • Gail April 22, 2012, 1:03 am

    Boy oh boy, you are costing me just SO much money!! :) I love your reviews and all the cool stuff you share with us, thanks!

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  • Janet Cloninger April 22, 2012, 1:24 am

    @Julie Thanks! I have a single cable that replaces all of these. I plan to have the review up next week. :)

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  • Janet Cloninger April 22, 2012, 1:25 am

    @Tip You must not have read any of my other reviews. I’m a case fiend. Of course I need a case at any price! ;) That’s a great price on the kit you found, too.

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  • Janet Cloninger April 22, 2012, 1:27 am

    @Gail I’m glad you’re finding stuff you like and can use. Don’t you just love the colors of these things? :)

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  • chriszzz April 22, 2012, 6:00 am

    Although I’ve never heard of Incase, I’ve been using short 3″ USB and iPod/iPhone cables for years, albeit in boring white and black. I just buy them off ebay for about $2 a piece. I also have USB-iPod convertors and miniUSB-microUSB (and vice versa) converters that allow me to get away with just 1 cable.

    For the USB extension cable, a retractable one (or a short 6-12″ regular cable) would be better since it better fits the “no muss no fuss” philosophy behind these tiny cables.

    I’m a fan of “ultra light” travel, but yet must have my gadgets with me when I travel, so I’ve always been interested in exploring ways of bringing the fewest cables with maximum functionality.

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  • max December 6, 2013, 11:37 pm

    I got this kit at Marshalls today for roughly 10 dollars after tax! It works well with all my devices. I’ll probably be buying a usb extension cord very soon because the cords are very short.

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