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Monday, December 19, 2016

Mini: Miniature Electronics Stuff You Cannot Find Elsewhere

MiniInTheBox (aka: Mini) is a great resource for all kinds of things that you just can't find elsewhere. While yes, this is a Chinese supplier, I have had great luck with them so far.  Check out the following spring coiled USB cable:

Spring Coiled USB 2.0 Male to Micro USB Data/Sync/Charger Cable (1M, Black)
Spring Coiled USB 2.0 Male to Micro USB Data/Sync/Charger Cable (1M, Black)

You just can't find these things in the US, and believe me, I looked. I have used this cord to power a dash cam, to charge up my Note 3 and extra battery in a charging dock, and to transfer photos and video files over from the from the Note 3.

Here is the review I wrote on the site:

"Looks and works good. It is a little shorter than I expected, and that is because it is all coiled up. But it is perfect for what I need, though you should know that the coils are actually quite strong so extended it could put some pressure on one connector or the other, pulling an end out. But I only need it to go a short ways, so it is absolutely perfect. Plus I am sure that over time the coils would settle into which ever tension it was used at."

Once you order a couple different lengths of these, you will know which one to order according to individual application for the length you need.

Now, granted, that cable is a short one.  I happen to like that, because I am just using it with my Note 3 dock or my dash cam.  But, based on its performance, I am ordering a couple more of these short ones as well as a couple of the longer 3 meter version (they are very affordable, after all), shown below.

Spring Coiled USB 2.0 to Micro USB Data/Sync/Charger/Cable (3M, Black)
Spring Coiled USB 2.0 to Micro USB Data/Sync/Charger/Cable (3M, Black)

We all need the right tools, and let's face it, no matter how wireless we get, there will always be wires (especially USB cables) because they are so necessary.  Even if we have a wireless charger, we may well need a USB cable for the charger, after all.  And I like to have constant power to my continuously recording dash cams over relying on having to recharge their batteries all the time.

While I am an affiliate, but I doubt if I will get rich linking to these product pages.  ;)  Blogger prevents me from using their photos and affiliate system, so all of these photos are mine, taken by me with a Google Pixel XL.

I have already ordered the 10 foot spring coiled black USB to USB-C cable and some HDMI stuff, now.