This awesome cable will charge your iPhone or Android two times faster

This awesome cable will charge your iPhone or Android two times faster
We've got to say, we love those handy little ideas that seem so simple and natural, yet they just haven't happened for one reason or the other. Here's one such idea: the SONICable, currently in the process of being crowdfunded through Indiegogo, is claimed to be "the world's most advanced charging cable" by its creators.

The idea behind the remarkably high-end SONICable is pretty simple: it features a module with a special switch (called the Sonic Switch), which controls the behavior of the cable. When the switch is set to off, the SONICable functions as a regular USB cable: it both charges and syncs your device. However, when you turn the Sonic switch to on, the cable loses its syncing capabilities in favor of more charging power! Sounds pretty neat, huh? And just look at those fancy aluminum connectors!

When used in Sonic mode, the SONICable promises to charge your iPhone or Android phone about two times faster than normal, which, if true, makes us want to just go ahead order a couple of these bad boys right this instant! However, the thing is the accessory's Indiegogo campaign is scheduled to end on February 23, with estimated delivery date sometime in March, so there will definitely be some serious waiting involved in getting one of these cables.

The good news is that the SONICable is bound to happen, as its goal of $10,000 has already been surpassed. If you'd like to become part of the project's early foundation, just visit the source link below. Some of the available perks right now that might be worth considering are the $27 'Better late than never,' which will get you 1 SONICable at a price that's 25% lower than its expected retail price. Shipping in the USA will be free, but if you're ordering internationally, you'll also have to add the $6 international shipping perk to cover the costs.

What are your thoughts on this upcoming product?





source: SONICable via BGR

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30 Comments

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice.

11. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Maybe it's useful for people who charge their devices from their computers, But Samsung new chargers outputs 2.0 mA and with the S5/Alpha/Note4 fast charging feature, I don't think it's going to be useful, but I am glad that the dual USB is finding its way to the new cables.

23. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

2000 mA AND 5.3 V. Makes it even faster.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's only for charging via USB. For wall cable it'll be the same.

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

exactly. if u get, say one of those turbo charging phones, and a 2 amp charger, n then this, what device will make the call on how to charge said phone? the phone right? like computers only put out 500 miliamps anyway, so idk how its gonna double the output of a set device, such as a laptop computer. Ohms law anyone???

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Quite a few detect a USB port an half their draw rate so as not to stress USB port on laptop, this will trick it to think it's charger power only. They are limited to .5mah but are capable of more.

25. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

meh??? i rather jus us a 2 amp charger then??? so its only useful for ppl that charge the devices with laptops?!?!? i dot even bother honestly. just us a 2 Amp wall charger. theyre everywhere!! cant find a wall u say?? just buy a Big ass battery case instead of this i say

4. crazytechnocrat

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

xiaomi making a note of this tech..

5. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Here comes the Mi Cable!

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Oppo started this tech on mobile devices, and others are following. So, it's not surprising if Xiaomi follows as well.

6. djlucy

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I use this app called "geek" and there is already a cable like this for sale $8 that is usb charger cable switch, used for android or ianything, switching from sync to charge.

7. mcaleer1

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

I don't understand how this cable will force the battery to take a higher current charge than it was rated to take. Doesn't the phone dictate charge rate and not the charger or cable and even if it was possible, wouldn't this be a hazard? Besides if the charger puts out 2amps than how can the cable demand more. I call BS!

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

exactly what i was thinking

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

All it does is charge it as if is was plugged into the wall when powered from a USB port. Pretty useless, if you ask me.

20. fingers4

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

You are correct. Any attempt to charge a lithium cell at a greater rate than recommended by the OEM is both damaging to the cell and dangerous. I can't understand why anyone would think that, say Apple for example, would market a product that takes twice as long to recharge than is safely possible. If you want the facts about lithium cells and other battery types as well, check out batteryuniversity.com.

24. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

It simply won't work. The OEM makes the device limit the max current (mA) it draws. I can plug my HTC M8 into a 2000 MA charger. But the phone won't charge at 2 A. It will charge at about 1600 mA. This is for safety. Charging lithium ion batteries too fast and without a specific pattern is dangerous.

28. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I think the goal with this cable is based on the premise that when charging from a USB port, you typically get 500-600mA out of it, which is well below the rate many devices are capable of drawing to charge. So when you switch to "sonic mode" the cable disconnects the data lanes and the computer thinks its just providing power to a USB HDD or w/e. If you use a wall charger, many of them negotiate the amperage, but the charge rate is typically determined by the SoC, because it can monitor temperatures and battery health so it doesn't explode.

13. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I find this hard to believe. your phone doesn't charge faster just because it's not in "sync mode". It might charge at the same rate but then use less power and appear to be charging faster, but even then there's no way it's getting 2x. This isn't how things work, unless i have somehow adopted an extremely poor understanding of everything.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's just for USB port charging. The cable can supply more than the 0.5 amps a USB port limits to in while syncing. This will just make your phone charge as fast as a wall charger up to 1 amp rating (but of course you won't be able to sync).

27. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

"This isn't how things work" We'll get you nominated to explain this to your grandma on a Geico commercial...

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

There's power in both sides of connector, there are some limited to sync an power only, mostly older cables. I've two still, only charge at half rate of others, meant for data an enough power to keep unit alive only.

16. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

this is going to be a rip off. just use your regular cable that came with the dang device. its just a gimmick. the main thing your paying for is the uni-usb and ALUMINUM. oh yeah, of course the switch....lol

18. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

You could just buy a higher gauge charging cable off Amazon for a couple of dollars and a high out put mutli-USB charger for like 40 and have everything charge lightning quick

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

This cable is just shorting the pins to get a higher charge rate when charging from a USB port on a computer. Personally I use the KOPI cable from Amazon. 20AWG cable. Charges my phone at 1700mAh when using a 2.0A charger.

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I would question anything that claims to charge at twice the speed compared to the charger and cable you get with your phone. Specifically I would wonder if it is safe.

22. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

USB is always slower than a wall charger, even though USB 3 is a bit faster than 2.

26. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I had one of these cables made by Brando which also uses a switch to go from sync to charge mode. This is nothing new... In USB sync mode the cable conforms to the USB standard where only a max of 0.5amps. It makes no difference compared to a wall charger as both are in "charge" mode where the phone will charge at what the phone was designed to take usually anything between 1 and 2 amps with current phones. Obviously this also depends on the max output of the charger / USB.

29. schietkop

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

Just another product that already existed so long before.... i see it all the time. People want to make some fast cash with ideas that were there years before. We were selling this cable 5 years ago. Check out the website from the brand Kidigi!

30. tvphoto

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

I purchased this cable and within 3 months it stopped working. I tried to contact/email the company 2 times with no reply. TERRIBLE Customer service !! So in my opinion this is worthless piece of junk !! There are other great options out there.

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