AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C Review

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C
AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C - Braided nylon durability, regular nylon flexibility

Summary

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C features graphene skin. Allowing it to offer braided nylon strength. But still easy to bend and coil. Works as a standard USB-C 2.0 cable. Supporting Power Delivery and USB 2.0 data transfer.

Overall
4.8
  • Performance
    (5)
  • Design
    (5)
  • Safety
    (4.5)
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Pros

  • Supports USB Power Delivery up to 60W (3A)
  • Supports USB 2.0 data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps
  • Ideal as a charging cable for USB-C devices ranging from small accessories to mid size laptops
  • Includes a pleather cable wrap with button snap
  • Available in black or red

Cons

  • Only available in 6.6 feet/2 meters length
  • Won’t support full power throughput for most 15-inch laptops
  • Not ideal for regular, large file size transfers

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. AUKEY provided the product in this review.

Model: CB-CD19
Tech Specs:
  • Power: Up to 60W (3A)
  • Data: Up to 480 Mbps
  • Color: Black or Red
  • Length: 6.6 feet | 2 meters
  • Weight: 1.6 oz | 45 grams

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AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C box and contents

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C box and contents

Included In Box:
  • AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C
  • Pleather cable wrap (attached)
Good For:
  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Commute
  • Travel
  • Android
  • Power banks
  • Nintendo Switch
  • iPad Pro (2018 or later)
  • 12-inch laptop
  • 13-inch/14-inch laptop

First Impression

The AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C struck me as a solid travel cable immediately. Braided nylon is more durable and puts up with the more regular bending and abuses of travel. Its pleather cable wrap is one of the nicest I’ve seen included with any cable. It snaps into place when the cable is coiled. And it wraps around itself and snaps to be out of the way. I’d also recommend the red over the black for travelers. It stands out from the rest of your cables. And the darker surfaces found in most hotels.

 

Compared To Similar Cables

ChargerAUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-CAmazonBasics Double Braided USB-C to USB-C 2.0Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 2.0Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2
Price$9.99$15.99$12.99$19.99
Cable TypeUSB-C to USB-C 2.0

Nylon Braided
USB-C to USB-C 2.0

Nylon Braided

USB-IF Certified
USB-C to USB-C 2.0

USB-IF Certified
USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2

USB-IF Certified
Charge Rate3A (60W)3A (60W)3A (60W)5A (100W)
Data Rate480 Mbps480 Mbps480 Mbps10 Gbps
Lengths6.6 feet1, 3, 6, 10 feet6 feet3 feet

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-12-14.

You can see more USB-C cables here.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

As a USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable I plugged it right into my MacBook Pro 13-inch. That would put it through the biggest stress, getting close to its 3A output limit.

Using the MacBook Pro’s original charger I was able to get over 57W through the cable into the laptop. A typical max power draw rate.

Any USB-C device drawing up to 3A will see the same available throughput with this cable. That covers USB-C devices from your phone on up to a 13-inch/14-inch laptop. But it comes up short for what a larger devices with a 65-100W charger will draw. Then it’ll limit the charger to 60W. For those devices you’ll want a USB-C cable that supports 100W (5A).

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

Braided Nylon & Graphene Skin

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C and C-L on the road

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C and C-L on the road

Part of AUKEY’s Omni-Power product line. What allows this cable to stand out from their others is the use of graphene skin.

Graphene is a form of carbon with a special set of properties. It is ~100 times stronger than the same thickness of steel. But with much lower density. Used in semiconductors, electronics, batteries, and composite materials. Research for medical applications is also underway.

In the case of this cable a thinner and more flexible braided nylon variant. Braided nylon cables offer more durability. They protect the inner wires from bends and have a longer useful lifespan. But often such cables are thicker than non-braided versions. This restricts flexibility, making extreme bends difficult or impossible. And making coiling the cable for travel more difficult.

This cable is more stiff than non-braided cables with similar specs. But it is one of the more flexible braided cables I’ve come across. And among the first I’d use for travel as it meets my flexibility requirements.

Summary

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C wrapped

AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C wrapped

The AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C performs well for charging USB-C devices that take up to 60W. From phones to accessories to a mid sized laptop. It doesn’t boast full USB-C speed data transfer rates. But for that you’d have to pay for a more expensive USB-C 3.0 cable. As a USB-C 2.0 cable it is ideal for charging. Though it can handle slower data transfers if needed.

Where it stands apart from similar cables is its more flexible braided nylon design. Which offers better protection of the wires inside than a regular nylon cable. But with less of the inflexibility common with braided cables. While not quite as flexible as a cheaper nylon version you won’t notice the difference. As it’ll bend and coil as needed. You will notice increased durability. Which should lead to a longer lifetime of usefulness.

My favorite bit is the pleather cable wrap. I use velcro cable wraps with many of my cables. Especially any I travel with. It keeps them neat in the bag with not tangling. I use a big roll of velcro wraps for any cables that don’t come with their own. The pleather cable wrap here feels luxurious by comparison. It looks and feels better. Its snap button doesn’t take any more effort than an inch of velcro stuck together. And gives a reassuring “snap” when closed. It still works well for tying up the entire cable or setting it to a shorter length. And it can wrap around and connects to itself to keep out of the way.

AUKEY sells this cable in black and red. I would suggest going with the red. It stands out better among your collection of cables, which are likely all black and white.

About AUKEY

AUKEY has U.S. based support (web and email) and a 24 month warranty. You must have purchased the product either from them or through Amazon for support.

Bottom Line

The AUKEY Impulse Braided Cable C-C is a great charging cable. And especially good for travel. With its nylon braided durability and pleather cable wrap.

Buy if you:
  • Need a USB-C to USB-C cable for charging, using up to a 60W USB-C PD charger
  • Want a USB-C cable well designed for travel
  • Are interested in the benefits of braided nylon, but previously found it too inflexible
Don’t buy if you:
  • Need a cable for charging with a 65-100W charger and device
  • Want a short cable
  • Are looking for 5 Gbps or better data transfer rates

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