Paracable Offering Colorful Paracord-Wrapped Lightning-to-USB Cables

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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
  2. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    will it help with the vacuum?

    that is another cord buster.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Looking at the high-res photos, they look fantastic.

  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2005
  5. macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    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.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    So sexy, but expensive! Maybe I'd buy after seeing in-person.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    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.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    companies should inform if a product is not suitable for colour-blind people

    it's the right thing to do
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2007
    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.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2011
    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!
  11. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
    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.
  12. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    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.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
  14. macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2011
    Wonder how long till they get shut down by apple. Those are cheap $1.50 unauthorized knockoff cables wrapped in cloth.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
    No one use more glue than Apple these days.
  16. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Except if you're Microsoft, who uses gunk to seal the Surface Pro.
  17. macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004
    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.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    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 :(
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    What is the current obsession with paracords? I was in Home Depot the other day and they were selling "genuine paracord bracelets". Why??
  20. macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2011
    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???
  21. macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    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 ;-)
  22. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    I didn't even know we could do Thunderbolt to USB. Looks like my MacBook has twice as many USB ports than I thought.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    New England, USA
    That's a lightning cable for the newer iOS devices.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2009
    I really need designer iPhone cables in my life.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    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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