Skiva USBLink Duo sync and charge cables – Review

On September 9, 2014, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

Skiva USBLink Duo sync and charge cables
Manufacturer: Skiva Technologies
3.2 foot cable: $14.99
0.5 foot cable: $13.99

Plagued by too many cables? Here’s a creative cure. Skiva USBLink Duo cables have a standard USB plug on one end and on the other, a Lightning plug and a micro-USB plug. This sleight-of-hand is accomplished by stacking the two plugs, one inside the other.

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You sync or charge your iDevice via the Lightning plug as usual. When the need arises to charge a different device, pull off the Lightning plug and underneath it, there is a micro-USB plug. The small Lightning plug tip won’t get lost because it is securely tethered to the end of the cable. That’s thoughtful design.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

rePLAY Retractable Audio Cable
Manufacturer: Scosche Industries
MSRP: $14.99
rePLAY Retractable Audio Cable

 

If you have an audio or headphone jack in your car, this little retractable audio cable will do a nice job of simplifying your cable clutter. It’s a simple device: two 3.5mm audio plugs at either end of a thin, flat cable. The feature that makes this different from a plain cable is a spring-loaded spool in the middle. Pull both ends and the cable extends from a few inches to nearly three feet in length. There are stops along the way so this cable can be adjusted to whatever length fits your car and your needs.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

Macally Retractable USB Cables
Review

On January 2, 2012, in Adapter, Features, Review, by Steve Hammond

ReSyncCable – Retractable USB to 30 pin cable
Price: $19.99 US
DualSync – Retractable USB to Micro USB/30 Pin for iPod, iPhone, iPad and most smartphones
Price: $24.99 US
Company: Macally

If you own an iPod, an iPhone, or another smartphone, eventually you’re going to hit the end of its battery and will need to recharge. If you’re at home or at the office or at school, a long cable on the desk may not be a bad thing. But on the road, in your laptop or iPad bag, bringing those long cables may not be the best choice. Welcome to the world of retractable cables.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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