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MacRumors
May 9, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Paracable is a new company that is hand-wrapping Lightning-to-USB cables with paracord (http://paracable.com), a lightweight rope originally used in parachutes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parachute_cord). The cables are not official 'Made for i' cables, but Paracable founder Travis Beck told MacRumors that they have sourced high-quality cables from China and have tested them thoroughly.

The company buys cables without the USB-end attached in order to wrap the paracord, then attaching the end and using a hardening resin to ensure it is firmly attached.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/05/paracable.jpgAs Paracable explains (http://paracable.com/pages/our-story), they were trying to create a cable that would not be destroyed by the founder's cat Baxter quite as easily as Apple's OEM Lightning cables.
After much thought and prototyping, the first Paracable was born. As a byproduct of the Baxter-proof cable, we had also created a beautifully textured and colorful cable worthy of the iPhone's gorgeous industrial design. "We can make these in all sorts of colors and patterns," we thought. And so we did.

Each cable is hand assembled and soldered one at a time using a unique process that ensures it's longevity and durability. We spent many months perfecting the process in order to create the best cable possible. One that not only looks good, but will last.Paracables are available in more than 20 different colors for $27.95 each (http://paracable.com) from the company's website.

Article Link: Paracable Offering Colorful Paracord-Wrapped Lightning-to-USB Cables (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/09/paracable-offering-colorful-paracord-wrapped-lightning-to-usb-cables/)



BJMRamage
May 9, 2013, 02:49 PM
will it help with the vacuum?

that is another cord buster.

AdrianK
May 9, 2013, 02:58 PM
Looking at the high-res photos, they look fantastic.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0203/3456/products/iPhone-5_iPad-mini_lightning_green-with-envy_1024x1024.png?573

mdkk
May 9, 2013, 03:12 PM
they look okay but 30 bucks?

http://www.fasttech.com/pages/lightning-usb-cables-value
http://www.fasttech.com/products/0/10001755/1127603-lightning-8-pin-to-usb-datacharging-flat-cable-for

(free shipping also)

Boatboy24
May 9, 2013, 03:14 PM
Or buy three cables from Monoprice for almost the same cost. :D

They look very nice, but I just don't care that much about my cables. I'm sure there's a decent market for them though.

applesith
May 9, 2013, 03:14 PM
So sexy, but expensive! Maybe I'd buy after seeing in-person.

Lylyluvda916
May 9, 2013, 03:15 PM
Way too much for the price. If I'm getting any cables for my iPhone five that aren't made by Apple, I'm getting them from Amazon.

needfx
May 9, 2013, 03:15 PM
companies should inform if a product is not suitable for colour-blind people

it's the right thing to do

jjwarwick
May 9, 2013, 03:20 PM
I'll pay $28 for the cable - but they lost me at another $20 for international shipping. It doesn't cost more than a few dollars to post something to the UK.

chiefsilverback
May 9, 2013, 03:34 PM
Paracord's strength is derived from the inner nylon cores, not the outer sheath. My assumption is that they are using the outer sheath only and therefore this product is purely decorative.

A cat's claws will quickly make that braided nylon look pretty tatty!

TouchMint.com
May 9, 2013, 03:49 PM
These would be great for the car. I am pretty sure thieves determine what cars to break into by if they have the standard iPhone cord.

Jessica Lares
May 9, 2013, 03:55 PM
Ehhh, you're basically buying something that was modified. This is the sort of thing you would buy at Etsy, at a market, or other art related thing. This shouldn't be something that is sold to everybody.

I don't care whether they've tested them or not, these are still cables that don't comply to the standard Apple wants. And honestly, just because it works, doesn't mean that it's good for your device or the computer it's pushing the data to and from to.

They're using glue to seal these things too, that's just another thing to get in the way. It's going to come off eventually.

OldSchoolMacGuy
May 9, 2013, 04:00 PM
For the same price, instead of getting a 3ft cable from these guys you can get a 6ft one from Eastern Collective. They also offer other types of cables in the same style.

http://www.easterncollective.com/product-category/collectivecables/

DonutHands
May 9, 2013, 04:31 PM
Wonder how long till they get shut down by apple. Those are cheap $1.50 unauthorized knockoff cables wrapped in cloth.

flottenheimer
May 9, 2013, 05:13 PM
... They're (Paracable) using glue to seal these things too, that's just another thing to get in the way. It's going to come off eventually.

No one use more glue than Apple these days.

Jessica Lares
May 9, 2013, 05:29 PM
No one use more glue than Apple these days.

Except if you're Microsoft, who uses gunk to seal the Surface Pro.

Monk Edsel
May 9, 2013, 07:04 PM
They look cool, but they aren't official. Can a future firmware update keep these from working?

I really wish these were official, I'd love to own a few.

.Asa
May 9, 2013, 07:44 PM
Dang it!! I came up with this exact same idea long ago!! I made a 30-pin cable with paracord. Guess I should have patented it :(

technopimp
May 9, 2013, 09:40 PM
What is the current obsession with paracords? I was in Home Depot the other day and they were selling "genuine paracord bracelets". Why??

bushman4
May 10, 2013, 12:02 AM
May look nice, but if its not the real thing I wouldn't chance it. Besides does it have the strength of an original cable once the ends been taken off???

Asriel
May 10, 2013, 03:06 AM
Paracord's strength is derived from the inner nylon cores, not the outer sheath. My assumption is that they are using the outer sheath only and therefore this product is purely decorative.

A cat's claws will quickly make that braided nylon look pretty tatty!

Paracord's tensile strength comes from the core (or kern), the outer fibres (or mantle) are to protect from abrasion. The point of wrapping the cable is to protect it, not to make it suitable for abseiling ;-)

SoldOnApple
May 10, 2013, 04:03 AM
I didn't even know we could do Thunderbolt to USB. Looks like my MacBook has twice as many USB ports than I thought.

lunaoso
May 10, 2013, 05:19 AM
I didn't even know we could do Thunderbolt to USB. Looks like my MacBook has twice as many USB ports than I thought.

That's a lightning cable for the newer iOS devices.

Macist
May 10, 2013, 06:59 AM
I really need designer iPhone cables in my life.

Intarweb
May 10, 2013, 07:03 AM
Will they actually charge and sync? I've bought knockoff ones that didn't. This seems like they're buying knockoffs and putting their wrappings around them.

jonnysods
May 10, 2013, 07:51 AM
Fancy, but I can buy 3 for that price so failure of the cables is no biggie for me.

mrxak
May 10, 2013, 08:01 AM
Cables are a fashion statement now?

LDMartin1959
May 10, 2013, 09:42 AM
I'll pay $28 for the cable - but they lost me at another $20 for international shipping. It doesn't cost more than a few dollars to post something to the UK.

Sadly, too many companies (on both sides of the pond) view shipping charges as another source of revenue, and doubly so when it comes to international shipping (which, in the US, includes Alaska and Hawaii since too many companies believe double and triple shipping charges to these locations are also appropriate). I'd say make buddies with someone in the states and work out a private deal.

jlgolson
May 10, 2013, 09:56 AM
What is the current obsession with paracords? I was in Home Depot the other day and they were selling "genuine paracord bracelets". Why??
The bracelets are for hikers and hunters and cops and EMTs and other types of people who may run into a situation where having some paracord may be useful in an emergency.

Those bracelets pack a surprising amount of rope into a small package.

kaielement
May 10, 2013, 10:03 AM
If I knew the cable would last ten times as long as the 2.99 crap cable from chine I might be down.

technopimp
May 10, 2013, 10:04 AM
The bracelets are for hikers and hunters and cops and EMTs and other types of people who may run into a situation where having some paracord may be useful in an emergency.

Those bracelets pack a surprising amount of rope into a small package.

Huh...fair enough I guess.

So why then do I need a Lightning cable wrapped in it?? :p

jkrarup
May 10, 2013, 10:18 AM
Check out Amazon for a better built fully compatible lightning to USB cable for 1/2 the price of this. The lightning connection is a bit thicker but fits my Speck and Otterbox Defender case.

"AmazonBasics USB A to Lightning Compatible Cable"

GoCubsGo
May 10, 2013, 10:27 AM
What is the current obsession with paracords? I was in Home Depot the other day and they were selling "genuine paracord bracelets". Why??

The bracelets are for hikers and hunters and cops and EMTs and other types of people who may run into a situation where having some paracord may be useful in an emergency.

Those bracelets pack a surprising amount of rope into a small package.

"Are for" but that doesn't actually address the obsession. How often do you see these bracelets on people's hands? I see them frequently, in suburban Raleigh, at any bar, restaurant, mall, etc. Chances of these people actually needing them or thinking of using their fashion statement when in a true bind are slim.

They indeed have their place. I would have something like that in a camera bag or on my dog's leash because I tend to venture off places where people may not be passing every moment (hiking Umstead for example) but again, I am not sure I'd ever need it. Nor do I think I need to make a fashion statement out of a utility. :D

I should note, I am not really fashionable, not even a little.

Not sure this cable is worth it though. Can they sell these with the tech owned by Apple?
Then again, if they had an actual orange one, I would be the sucker to buy it. :D

jlgolson
May 10, 2013, 10:31 AM
Huh...fair enough I guess.

So why then do I need a Lightning cable wrapped in it?? :p
Because it's cool!

As to the question about why people in bars wear it, who can explain fashion?

PinkyMacGodess
May 10, 2013, 10:56 AM
They're using glue to seal these things too, that's just another thing to get in the way. It's going to come off eventually.

It's not 'glue', it's 'resin'. It sounds more expensive... :D

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Cables are a fashion statement now?

I know! Who knew... :confused:

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The bracelets are for hikers and hunters and cops and EMTs and other types of people who may run into a situation where having some paracord may be useful in an emergency.

Those bracelets pack a surprising amount of rope into a small package.

But how do you use the cord? I've got one (before they were cool) and can't figure out how to get the damned thing unwrapped...

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Check out Amazon for a better built fully compatible lightning to USB cable for 1/2 the price of this. The lightning connection is a bit thicker but fits my Speck and Otterbox Defender case.

"AmazonBasics USB A to Lightning Compatible Cable"

Monster had a heavy duty dock cable that really was durable. I'll have to check if they have a Lightening cable too...

jkrarup
May 10, 2013, 02:26 PM
It's not 'glue', it's 'resin'. It sounds more expensive... :D

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I know! Who knew... :confused:

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But how do you use the cord? I've got one (before they were cool) and can't figure out how to get the damned thing unwrapped...

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Monster had a heavy duty dock cable that really was durable. I'll have to check if they have a Lightening cable too...

If Monster does, it won't be cheap.

rdlink
May 10, 2013, 02:53 PM
Sadly, too many companies (on both sides of the pond) view shipping charges as another source of revenue, and doubly so when it comes to international shipping (which, in the US, includes Alaska and Hawaii since too many companies believe double and triple shipping charges to these locations are also appropriate). I'd say make buddies with someone in the states and work out a private deal.

Actually, I would recommend doing what I do when companies try to make shipping a profit center: Send them feedback spelling out very clearly why you're not going to reward them for it. I have done this to several online vendors over the years. I even had one offer to give me a discount on the shipping. I told them to take a hike until they publicly lower their shipping costs.

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What I'd really love is if Apple would make an official 6 foot cable. I have an Elevation dock on my nightstand plugged into the wall, and the length of the cable makes it hard to maneuver into the spot I want it.

7enderbender
May 10, 2013, 03:28 PM
Actually, I would recommend doing what I do when companies try to make shipping a profit center: Send them feedback spelling out very clearly why you're not going to reward them for it. I have done this to several online vendors over the years. I even had one offer to give me a discount on the shipping. I told them to take a hike until they publicly lower their shipping costs.

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What I'd really love is if Apple would make an official 6 foot cable. I have an Elevation dock on my nightstand plugged into the wall, and the length of the cable makes it hard to maneuver into the spot I want it.

I second that. So far non of the non-Apple cables and chargers that I bought haven't been working - which included an "authorized" Belkin charger.

So I went ahead and bought the Apple cables. Problem is they are way to short. I could use one or two 4-6" cables that are fully compatible and reliable. But Apple doesn't seem to make any and after wasting money on the third party stuff now I feel like I'm done with that.

Apple is really to blame here by using this technology instead of a reliable and established industry standard. The usual I suppose.

PinkyMacGodess
May 10, 2013, 08:35 PM
If Monster does, it won't be cheap.

I know, but the older dock cable was worth it, IMO. Well, and I got it on sale at Target by chance... They stand behind their cables pretty well too.

Solomani
May 10, 2013, 10:23 PM
They have the distinction of selling cables that are MORE expensive than Apple's original (Lightning-USB cable). It takes balls to get away with this.

JAT
May 11, 2013, 12:34 AM
I second that. So far non of the non-Apple cables and chargers that I bought haven't been working - which included an "authorized" Belkin charger.

This one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AGJMLZC/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) has been working for us so far. And it is used by my 14yo, he is hardly careful with it.

Note it is a certified cable, priced accordingly, not a POS.

Solomani
May 11, 2013, 10:54 AM
So sexy, but expensive!

Hey, that's the same thing I said about my first girlfriend!


.... and also my first MacOS computer.

Builddesign
May 11, 2013, 03:48 PM
Hey, that's the same thing I said about my first girlfriend!


.... and also my first MacOS computer.


+1

Time to trick people at the office into thinking there is a snake loose!

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100% sold out

If you build it they will buy it.

ApfelKuchen
May 11, 2013, 06:05 PM
Cloth-jacketed wire and cable goes back to Thomas Edison. The patch cords used by telephone switchboard operators (and later in professional audio and video) - yep, cloth-jacketed. Nylon replaced natural fibers not long after WWII.

Cloth jacketing was (and is) as much for hand-feel as anything else. It won't get sticky, like an often-handled rubber- or vinyl-jacketed patch cord may. It also adds bulk, which imparts the impression of durability (there's usually a very nice, thick rubber jacket under the cloth, which would be enough all by itself).

The key feature that helps ensure patch cable durability is strain relief/reinforcement where the cable meets the connector. Flex there is the cable-killer. A well-designed patch cord will be substantially thicker at the point where cable meets connector, with reinforcement that extends into the body of the connector and several inches beyond the connector (look at any premium guitar cord).

This product has no apparent strain relief. The chance that a stock, plastic-jacketed iDevice cable would wear thin before the cable failed due to flex at the connector is 1 in 1000, if not higher.

But hey, do I like the look and feel? You bet. I've used a fair amount of kernmantle rope and cord for boating and backpacking, and spent several decades using audio and video patch cords, so it tickles my nostalgic side.

I already have a similar cable ("para-jacketed" stereo mini to stereo mini) to connect iDevices to my car stereo. It doesn't hurt anything, it's kinda fun, I think it looks cool (though it probably hasn't impressed anyone else), and didn't cost much more than other models, so why not?

You want your cables to last? Be sure to grasp them by the connector when you connect/disconnect, not the wire.

7enderbender
May 12, 2013, 10:22 AM
This one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AGJMLZC/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) has been working for us so far. And it is used by my 14yo, he is hardly careful with it.

Note it is a certified cable, priced accordingly, not a POS.


Thanks a lot. I'm going to give that another try.

Solomani
May 12, 2013, 12:23 PM
Cables are a fashion statement now?

So are hipster techno glasses.

VoR
May 12, 2013, 02:56 PM
Actually, I would recommend doing what I do when companies try to make shipping a profit center: Send them feedback spelling out very clearly why you're not going to reward them for it. I have done this to several online vendors over the years. I even had one offer to give me a discount on the shipping. I told them to take a hike until they publicly lower their shipping costs.

Have I misunderstood you, or are you saying that you will buy a product at a total cost you're happy with and then leave negative feedback because of the postage costs? Who cares what the 'postage cost' section says if the total cost to your door is acceptable?

Re topic: This isn't a more durable cable, it's a cable that comes with a cloth texture in pretty colours. I wouldn't buy one (because I'm far too cheap), but I quite like them :)

rdlink
May 13, 2013, 09:46 AM
Have I misunderstood you, or are you saying that you will buy a product at a total cost you're happy with and then leave negative feedback because of the postage costs? Who cares what the 'postage cost' section says if the total cost to your door is acceptable?

Re topic: This isn't a more durable cable, it's a cable that comes with a cloth texture in pretty colours. I wouldn't buy one (because I'm far too cheap), but I quite like them :)

Yes, you misunderstood me. What I said is that if an online vendor is selling something and it's obvious to me that they are trying to use the shipping as a profit center (i.e., an item that costs $2.90 to ship via USPS priority mail, but they're charging $12.99 for shipping) I will NOT BUY the product, and let them know in no uncertain terms why I am not doing so.

If you're having trouble selling a product at a profit, raise the price and let me decide based on the price of the product whether it's worth it to me. Don't lowball me on the price, then try to make it up with shipping. It's insulting and deceptive.

Gordy
May 13, 2013, 01:13 PM
Sadly, too many companies (on both sides of the pond) view shipping charges as another source of revenue, and doubly so when it comes to international shipping (which, in the US, includes Alaska and Hawaii since too many companies believe double and triple shipping charges to these locations are also appropriate). I'd say make buddies with someone in the states and work out a private deal.

It depends on the method of shipping they use. Sometimes they only ship via certain providers who don't do a cheap option :(

I'd love one of these in red, but not at those prices. It would have gone so nice with my Rokform dock
http://www.rokform.com/cart/images/D/RF-Rokstand-ip5-dtls-04.jpg

VoR
May 15, 2013, 06:37 PM
If you're having trouble selling a product at a profit, raise the price and let me decide based on the price of the product whether it's worth it to me. Don't lowball me on the price, then try to make it up with shipping. It's insulting and deceptive.

Shipping costs are often inflated in place of product prices for a multitude of reasons other than 'deceptive' price advertising. Not that it always applies of course but for example (in europe at least...) missing a tax bracket could increase margin and potentially reduce cost to your door - consider boycotting or supporting a seller based on that :)
You'll probably do the same, but I'm selfish and cheap :)

SoldOnApple
May 27, 2013, 11:27 PM
That's a lightning cable for the newer iOS devices.

Oh dear, it looks like I'm behind the curve with my antiquated 30-pin connector cables :3 I'd forgotten that Lightning was different to Thunderbolt :D