We’ve all likely had bad experiences with cheap, flimsy cell phone cables and accessories. You know that ones that start to fray after just a few months of use? Not only are cheap quality cables annoying, they can be dangerous. Damaged charger and USB cables can create a hazard for electrical fires, which in 2008, damaged some 53,600 homes, killed 500 people, injured 1,400 more, and caused $1.4 billion in property damage. While it’s important to be safe, it’s a pain to have to go to the store every time you need a new charger.
What if there was a cell phone charger that could withstand anything — and we mean anything? The Nonda company is now taking pre-orders on a new charger cable called Zus, claiming that these Kevlar-enforced cables (that’s the stuff bulletproof vests are made out of) are the last cell phone cable accessories you’ll ever need.
These cables come with a lifetime guarantee — which is a lot better than the average two-year lifespan of a typical smartphone. The Zus’ Indiegogo campaign says they’re cat-proof, puppy-proof and even get-run-over-by-a-car-proof. They say the cable can be used to pull 4,000 pounds and lift 50 pounds of weight. They’ve been tested at up to 15,000 insertions and still function, which is more than even the standard RJ45 plug’s excellent 1,000 to 2,000 capacity.
The folks over at DigitalTrends.com decided to put all of these Zus cable claims to the test. In their video, they seem to verify that these cell phone cables can, in fact, lift 15 pounds. This is a lot more than the average cell phone cables’ tensile strength of four pounds. It can also withstand voracious animal chews from a cute dog, but can it tow a car or get blown up and still function? Watch the video to find out.
The Zus comes in three types: Micro USB to USB, lightning cables to USB, and USB-C to USB. Is it really the last cable you’ll ever need? That might depend on how often you need to use it for car towing or exploding dynamite.