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.

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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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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