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Innergie Charge and Sync 3-in-1 USB Cable Review

on April 24, 2012 11:00 am

I recently reviewed a small set of Incase USB cables that will lighten your daily-carry load, and now I’ll tell you about a single USB cable from Innergie that can charge almost every USB device you own.  The Charge & Sync 3-in-1 USB Cable contains a miniUSB, microUSB, and Apple 30-pin connector in a single unit.  I ordered one of these after I saw Ian’s news post about these cables.  Let’s give it a closer look. 

The Innergie 3-in-1 USB cable is about 7″ long used with the Apple connector, about 6.25″ long with the microUSB connector, and about 5.25″ long with the miniUSB, and it weighs about 0.5 ounce on my digital kitchen scale.  The cable is stiff, but you don’t really need to wrap it up to store it in your gear bag.  At almost 0.25″ in diameter, the cable is thicker than that used for the Incase cables.

One end has a normal male USB connector.  The other end has a miniUSB connector, and there are a microUSB and an Apple 30-pin adapters attached to the miniUSB connector.

I saw a user review on Amazon that said some of the connectors didn’t work.  I wondered if that person hadn’t thought to push the connectors together to make the last two work.

To use the Apple connector, I pushed all the connectors together and plugged it in to my iPhone.  I was able to use the Innergie cable while my phone was in the Apple Bumper.  My iPhone 4 started charging and iTunes opened and synced my iPhone as soon as I connected the cable to my laptop.

I was also able to use the microUSB connector with my Sony PRS-T1 ebook reader.  I still don’t have any devices that use the miniUSB connector, but I have to assume it would work since it passes power through to the other two connectors.

Of course, you can use the Innergie Charge & Sync 3-in-1 USB Cable with USB power adapters as well as the USB ports on your computer.  If the cable length isn’t long enough, you can add the 1-meter AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable that I purchased for $5.

I gave the Innergie cable and the extension cord to my husband, Butch.  He used it on a recent business trip.  It worked great to charge his travel gear, and it lightened the load in his Tom Bihn Empire Builder.  The Innergie cable is a great way to carry a variety of USB charging cables in one small, lightweight package.

 

Product Information

Price:$19.99
Manufacturer:Innergie
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Contains a miniUSB, microUSB, and Apple connector on one USB cable
  • Can charge most mobile devices
Cons:
  • None

Comments

  1. 1
    Dmitriy says:

    great cable but it’s another “american wonder”. look at this:
    http://dx.com/usb-male-to-mini-usb-micro-usb-apple-30-pin-male-data-charging-cable-black-95cm-128315

    just for $3.9 with 1 meter cable. oh.. there’s no cool name “Innergie” on the box ;-)

  2. 2
    Mrs. KGB says:

    Dmitriy –

    Interesting that you post a KNOCK OFF cable that is obviously in violation of the patent for the Innergie Magic Cable Trio.

    Does this cheapy cable come with the five levels of protection, one year warranty and intelligent USB technology that Innergie offers? Your cable is most likely good for two or three uses before one of the tips fall off or it stops charging.

    Nice try, though.

    Mrs.KGB

  3. 3
    NIceup says:

    I have been using the Qmadix 3 in 1 retractable sync cable for about two years now, with no issues.

  4. 4
    chriszzz says:

    The biggest problem with this cable ( apart from the exorbitant USD20 price tag) is that you are basically putting all your eggs into 1 basket. If you lose or misplace the cable, or if it croaks on you, it will leave you without a cable for all your devices.

    Also, it is common to have more than 1 device ( eg, a iPad and a iPhone/Samsung and a GPS receiver ), which you will likely need to charge at the same time (eg, back in the hotel ). You will then need at least 2 of these cables, defeating the purpose of such a combo cable.

    As a frequent business traveller, I would eschew this in favor of separate, short or retractable cables for maximum flexibility and some redundancy. As any IT savvy person knows, equipment redundancy can be your friend when the chips are down.

  5. 5
    Dmitriy says:

    Mrs.KGB

    ahaha. do you REALLY believe in all those protections and so on? just count how much cables you can buy for 20 bucks… it’s just a marketing trick and no more. and you are a victim ;-)

    knock off or not – it doesnt bother me. i want a REAL price on all products.

  6. 6
    Jess Sayin says:

    $20 may be a bit pricey, but support sleaze who advertise their own products on another products review. Scum behavior should not be rewarded.

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