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Sometimes a product is so well made that a catchy or creative name just won’t do, it needs to be called by its mere description, as with these…

“We designed 3 ultra rugged charging cables from the ground up and built them from military-grade materials like Kevlar and ballistic nylon… So they can keep up with your lifestyle. “     -Nomad

NOMAD Ultra Rugged USB Cable /// VINJABOND

I’ve done many gear reviews but never thought I would be doing one for something as common as a USB (and Lightning) cable. Although to be fair, I did cover the then unique Chargekey USB, also made by Nomad.

With an official product name like “Ultra Rugged Cables”, you better live up to that name-description.

Before the now ubiquitous and constant need for USB cables, you wouldn’t have thought you needed them to be rugged, especially not ultra rugged. It’s just a wire that connects electronic devices, right?

But because of our increasingly demanding use for them, yes, they do need to be tough. We need to rely on them, not just to work all the time but to last a long time.

It’s come to the point where we rely on our cables as much as the devices they’re made for. This is why the Nomad Ultra Rugged Cables are such a welcoming addition to my vagabonding packing list.

Ultra Rugged Cables by NOMAD SpecsThese things are bad ass, truly. The cable is armored with 1000D braided ballistic nylon which is tear and abrasion resistant but feels good and grippy in the hands.

Under the braiding is a thick protective PVC jacket which covers the reinforced RF shielding, that enhances faster data syncing.

Then finally, protecting the fast charging 20AWG wire core is braided Kevlar. Yes, that kind of Kevlar.

These Mil Spec cables may be built like a tank but they aren’t cumbersome. They’re quite flexible and somewhat malleable for hassle free active use while being tangle resistant.

Add to that is an integrated vulcanized silicone rubber cable tie for cable management. And this aint no gimmick afterthought. This thing is a joy to use and works well with the generous 5 foot (1.5 meters) cable.

Nomad Ultra Rugged iPhone Battery Cable /// VINJABONDThere are 3 different models in the Ultra Rugged Cable Series: the 3-in-1 Universal Cable, Lightning Battery Cable and the basic Lightning Cable (not reviewed).

The Lightning Battery Cable has a charge capacity of 2350 mAh, and it charges my iPhone fast, really fast. The battery is reliable and always charged since it’s integrated into the cable itself. The dynamic status light with an on demand button is a nice touch.

Nomad Lightning Cable | 1.5 Meters | USB-A to Lightning
  • ULTRA-RUGGED LIGHTNING CABLE: This Lightning Cable is made of braided ballistic nylon material for scratch and tear resistance. It features a thick wire gauge and tough core. Nomad's cable boasts of the latest material and charging technology.

The 3-in-1 Universal Cable is Micro USB, USB Type C and Lightning. The integrated adaptor “tips” are cleverly designed to work seamlessly without getting in the way.

Nomad Ultra Rugged Cables at Narita Airport /// VINJABOND
Nomad’s Ultra Rugged Cables at Narita Airport in Japan ///

Get one of these Ultra Rugged Cables and you won’t be needing another one for a very long time, you can pass it down to your next device… and the next.

Nomad even offers an impressive 5 year guarantee on these – that’s quite something for just USB cables.

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Bestseller No. 1
Micro USB Cable, Ailkin 5-Pack 6.6ft High Speed Nylon Braided Android Charging Cables for Samsung Galaxy J8/J7/S7/S6/Edge/Note5, Sony, Motorola, HTC, LG Android Tablets and More USB to Micro USB Cords
  • ❤ Universal Compatibility: Support most android and windows smart phone, Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers, PS4, GPS, Samsung Galaxy J8 J7 J3 S7, S7 Edge, S6 edge, S6, S4, S3, Note 5, Note 4, LG stylo 2/3 LG G3 G4 K30 K20 Plus, Kindle Fire 7 8 10, HTC one, Sony Z3, Z4, LG G3, G4, Google, Nokia, Motorola and more.
  • ❤ Extreme Durability:Durable Nylon Braided cable protects wire cores to longevity and resist weird tangles, With a tested 8000+ bend lifespan, far more dependable than others in its price range.
  • ❤ High Speed: Charges up to 30% faster than most standard cables and transfers data at 480Mbps via USB 3.0&2.0 .
  • ❤ Perfect Length: These flexible 6.6ft USB cables reach easily. Nice for a PC/Desk charging while in the car, office and home, which makes your life more convenient.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDE - 5Pack Micro charging Cables.
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UGREEN USB C Cable Right Angle 90 Degree USB A to Type C Fast Charger Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S20 S10 S9 S8 Plus Note 9 8, LG G8 G7 V40 V20 V30 G6 G5, Nintendo Switch, GoPro Hero 7 6 5 (6FT)
  • Right Angle USB C: UGREEN USB-C cable with an innovative 90 degrees L design. It's more convenient and more comfortable for playing games, watching videos, reading e-books when you lie on the couch or bed while charging.
  • Safe and Quick Charge: This USB C to USB A cable supports Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0, with max output up to 3A. It is fully compatible with Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging AFC and Huawei Fast Charging Protocol FCP, providing 5V 3A, 9V 2A or 12V 1.5A fast charge. With a built-in 56KΩ resistor, this type c charger guarantees reliable conductivity and charging, protecting your cell phones from damage due to excessive current.
  • Broad Compatibility: This type c charging cable is compatible with Samsung S20 S10 S10e S10 Plus Galaxy S9 S8 Plus Note 9 Note8 A8 2018, Galaxy Tab S3 9.7, Galaxy Fold, iPad Pro 11, 2018 iPad Pro 12.9, LG G5 G6 G7 G8 ThinQ, LG V20 V30 V40 V50, Motorola Razr 2019, Moto G7 G6, Moto Z force, Moto z2 play, Nintendo switch, compatible with GoPro Hero 5 hero 6 7 black, HTC 10 U12+, OnePlus 2, Huawei P9. IMPORTANT NOTE: This right angle c cable can NOT work with phone case thicker than 2.5 mm.
  • Fast Data Transfer: Triple-shielding provides better protection against interference, ensuring fast and stable data transmission. This USB C to USB A 2.0 cable guarantees data transfer up to 480 Mbps.
  • Resistant and Durable: Aluminum housing allows you to feel the elegance of the metal and increase its service life, much more resistant to wear and corrosion. 5X durable nylon braided cable not only stay tangling-free but also flexible enough to be wrapped up and put in a bag. Up to 10,000+ bend and 10,000+ plugging and unplugging test ensure this cord a longer lifespan.
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USB Type C Cable, Anker Powerline+ USB C to USB 3.0 Cable (3ft), High Durability, for Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8+, S9, MacBook, Sony XZ, LG V20 G5 G6, HTC 10, Xiaomi 5 and More
  • The Anker Advantage: Join the 20 million+ powered by our leading technology.
  • Fast Sync & charge: charges phones and tablets at high speed. Offers SuperSpeed transfer of 5 Gaps—transfer an HD movie in under 5 seconds. (Does not support full speed charge for Nexus 5X or 6P or Google Pixel XL. )
  • Lasts 5X longer: double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid Fiber core and laser-welded connectors equip power line+ with superior toughness from end-to-end.
  • What you get: Anker power line+ C to USB 3. 0 (3ft including both ends), Our worry-free lifetime and friendly customer service.
Bestseller No. 4
USB Type C Cable, Anker [2-Pack, 6 ft] Premium Nylon USB-A to USB-C Fast Charging Type C Cable, for Galaxy S10 / Note 8, LG V20 and Other USB C Charger, black (AK-B8173011)
  • The Anker Advantage: Join the 50 million+ powered by our leading technology.
  • Enhanced Durability: Improved construction techniques and materials make a cable that lasts 12× longer.
  • Universal Compatibility: Designed to work flawlessly with any device that uses a USB-C port.
  • Fast Sync & Charge: Supports fast charging up to 15W (3A/5V) and data transfer speeds up to 480Mbps. (Not compatible with Power Delivery)
  • What You Get: 2 × Premium Nylon-Braided USB-A to USB-C Charger Cable (6ft), welcome guide, a lifetime warranty, and our friendly customer service
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AmazonBasics USB 3.0 Charger Cable - A-Male to Micro-B - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters), Black
  • Ideal for connecting USB 3.0 enabled PC peripherals such as hard drives, printers, network hubs and more
  • Enables throughput of up to 4.8Gbps when used with a USB 3.0 host and device
  • Constructed with corrosion-resistant, gold-plated connectors for optimal signal clarity and shielding to minimize interference
  • USB 3.0 uses less power, but has increased power output – up to 4.8 Gbit/s. Compared with the USB 2.0 transmission speed, USB 3.0 is 10 times faster
  • One USB 3.0 Cable - A Male to Micro B - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters)

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5 Comments

  1. Specialist Zero Reply

    Just ordered the Universal cables…. thanks for the review!

  2. Dave Ortega Reply

    So rugged, you can probably use the cables as survival rope.

  3. Lori Zabel Reply

    Thanks for the review, gonna get the iPhone battery one. Been wanting something like that but never knew it till now. Great price to.

  4. Im not sure if you covered this but does the univseral one also have mini usb?

  5. Derek Dmitrzak Reply

    Ive had some problems with aftermarket cords not fitting in the port on the hitcase shield for the iPhone 6s. Does this one fit without removing the case?

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