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Old May 9, 2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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Paracable Offering Colorful Paracord-Wrapped Lightning-to-USB Cables




Paracable is a new company that is hand-wrapping Lightning-to-USB cables with paracord, a lightweight rope originally used in parachutes. 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.

As Paracable explains, 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.
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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 from the company's website.

Article Link: Paracable Offering Colorful Paracord-Wrapped Lightning-to-USB Cables
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Old May 9, 2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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will it help with the vacuum?

that is another cord buster.
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Old May 9, 2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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Looking at the high-res photos, they look fantastic.

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Old May 9, 2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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Red face no thanks

they look okay but 30 bucks?

http://www.fasttech.com/pages/lightn...b-cables-value
http://www.fasttech.com/products/0/1...flat-cable-for

(free shipping also)
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:14 PM   #5
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Or buy three cables from Monoprice for almost the same cost.

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.
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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So sexy, but expensive! Maybe I'd buy after seeing in-person.
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:15 PM   #7
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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.
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:15 PM   #8
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companies should inform if a product is not suitable for colour-blind people

it's the right thing to do
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:20 PM   #9
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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.
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:34 PM   #10
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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!
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:49 PM   #11
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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.
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:55 PM   #12
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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.
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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/pro...lectivecables/
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Old May 9, 2013, 04:31 PM   #14
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Wonder how long till they get shut down by apple. Those are cheap $1.50 unauthorized knockoff cables wrapped in cloth.
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... 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.
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No one use more glue than Apple these days.
Except if you're Microsoft, who uses gunk to seal the Surface Pro.
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Old May 9, 2013, 07:04 PM   #17
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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.
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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
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What is the current obsession with paracords? I was in Home Depot the other day and they were selling "genuine paracord bracelets". Why??
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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???
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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 ;-)
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Old May 10, 2013, 04:03 AM   #22
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I didn't even know we could do Thunderbolt to USB. Looks like my MacBook has twice as many USB ports than I thought.
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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.
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Old May 10, 2013, 06:59 AM   #24
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I really need designer iPhone cables in my life.
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Old May 10, 2013, 07:03 AM   #25
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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.
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