Want a tough USB Type-C cable for your Galaxy S8 or Google Pixel? The Belkin DuraTek USB-C might be what you need

Want a tough USB Type-C cable for your Galaxy S8 or Google Pixel? The Belkin DuraTek USB-C might be what you need
Usually, spending more than $10 or $15 on a USB cable for your smartphone may not be justified. But what if you want a really tough cable that can't be damaged easily, and not even your dog can chew? Well, then you might want to hear about the Belkin DuraTek USB-C, a brand new USB Type-C cable that's compatible with many high-end smartphones, including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Built with Kevlar fibers, abrasion-resistant double-braided nylon, and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), the Belkin DuraTek USB-C is very resistant to splitting and breakage, being able to "withstand 5000+ cycles where the cable is bent to 180-degrees." The cable is 4 feet (1.2 meters) long, and supports fast charging (3A) and data transfers up to 480 Mbps. Moreover, you're getting a 5-year warranty.

You can use the Belkin DuraTek USB-C to charge your smartphone, or to connect it to other USB Type-C devices - like the Google Chromebook Pixel, or Apple's latest MacBook models. Here's a list of smartphones compatible with the new cable, as provided by Belkin (though other USB Type-C handsets should be compatible as well):

  • Google Nexus 5X
  • Google Nexus 6P
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei nova
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P10/P10 Plus
  • HTC 10
  • LG G5
  • LG G6
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
  • Nokia N1 Tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The Belkin DuraTek USB-C cable costs $29.99, and is available in four color versions: black, grey, rose gold, and gold. If you think you need this accessory in your life, you can order one right now from Belkin's website - see the source link below. The cable can be shipped in the US, Canada, and Brazil, as well as to various European and Asian markets.


source: Belkin

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4 Comments

1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Sold. Need 2 of those.

2. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd like to know if they actually are compatible with the USB-C standard first before I'd buy anything. And before anyone says anything, no, that isn't a example of why USB-C is crap. If you don't follow that standard for anything, it's not going to work right. A lot of these cable manufacturers want to make this stuff as cheap as possible and decided to eliminate things like the pullup resistor in USB-A to USB-C cables, which is where most all of the issues are.

3. Alter

Posts: 218; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Maybe Benson Leung will review it, he's dedicated to determining whether USB-C cables follow the USB specification. You can also buy a cable that he's already deemed as safe. As for me, I was interested in this DuraTek cable until I saw the price. I was expecting it to be around $18.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yeah, he and a couple other guys are apparently working together and they've got a pretty comprehensive spreadsheet that tells whether they're compliant or not, and in some cases the reason why they're​ not.

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