Xtorm Original Travel Cables
Since the fall of 2019, I switched to dark green for both the iPhone and the case (from Mujjo). My accessories don’t necessarily have to be dark green, but if a manufacturer offers them, it’s a bonus. I was, therefore, happy with these dark green cables from Xtorm. And they are also just right for the mobile Apple traveler, as they can charge your iPhone, iPad, and a power bank.
According to Xtorm’s support department, the cables are MFi certified. We will still check this, as it is not on the website or on the packaging.
I have tested two versions:
- USB-C to Lightning cable ( € 29 ) to fast charge the iPhone on the go if you see a power outlet somewhere. I use Apple’s 18 Watt USB-C adapter because it is nice and fast.
- USB-A to USB-C cable ( € 19 ) to charge my power bank overnight in the hotel room. Of course, you could do that with USB-C-to-USB-C, but I don’t have many suitable adapters, and a USB-A port is always available.
Both cables are available in dark green, (rose) gold, and black through the manufacturer and various sales outlets. There are also versions with USB-C-to-USB-C Power Delivery and HDMI connection. Most cables are 1 meter but also 2 or 3 meters.
Xtorm Original Travel Cables in short
These are the main properties of the cables:
- Multiple variants with USB-A, USB-C, Lightning, and HDMI
- Length 1 meter
- Available in green, gold, and black
- Material: braided nylon
- Available in three colors: silver, space gray, and gold
- Price: between € 19 and € 29
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Original Travel Cables: The Material
Xtorm is a Dutch company best known for power banks. They also have all kinds of other accessories, including cables. These Travel Cables are made of a coarser, extra-strong nylon fiber on the outside. This makes them even more durable. I have been using the previous Original cable (in blue) for a long time, and it still shows no signs of wear.
In addition, the design has also been improved: there is now a U-shaped notch in the aluminum housing of the cable (see photo). This prevents the case from cutting into the soft TPU of the cable mount. At the same time, the housing is sturdy due to the use of aluminum.
Xtorm cables in use
We tested the Xtorm cables on the road and at home every day. After about a month, there is still no visible wear, and the cables are also pleasant to use due to their stiff character. But the cable is also flexible enough to roll up, as seen in the self-shot photos.
It’s a shame you don’t get a roll-up tape like its predecessor. The blue cable had a kind of Velcro around it. I have now only used a normal iron wire, but it is not stylish. A plus is that the cable is fairly stiff due to the woven aluminum so it remains reasonably rolled up. While traveling, you often have to unroll and re-roll such a cable, so a tie wrap is not an option. In my opinion, this is the only point where this cable can be improved.
If you prefer to buy the variant in black, you can see below what it looks like in the variant of 3 meters in length.
Conclusion: Xtorm Original Travel Cables
The Xtorm Original Travel Cables cost about the same as Apple’s official cables, but they are much more durable due to woven nylon. In addition, they look striking in the colors green and gold, and they feel very different from a standard cable. I can find the right cable by feeling it while fumbling around in my bag. Most other cables are smooth.
Currently, these cables are only available from Xtorm, and most versions have a fairly long delivery time. So you have to be patient, but then you have something.
- Sturdy yet flexible cable
- Lasts a long time, no visible wear
- Fits nicely with your green iPhone
- No roll-up strap