Oneplus One charging cable alternative?

  1. jchu14
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    jchu14 , Jul 26, 2014 :
    I found that charging my OPO with any other cable besides the one that came with the phone to be extremely slow even on a 2amp charger. With a monoprice cable, it takes several minutes to even charge 1%.

    So I did the charging cable mod where you short the data pin as outlined here to see if it makes a difference.

    EDIT: The monoprice cable I used is 6ft 28/28 awg. Meaning it's 28 gauge for data as well as power. I will test a 28/24 cable once my battery is drained a little.

    Starting at 50% charge, I charged 15minutes on original OPO cable, unmodded monoprice cable, modded monoprice cable, then OPO cable again. One thing to remember that charging usually slows down when it's getting full. That's why I plugged OPO cable back again. The charger is the 2amp that came with the phone.


    As you can see, the charge rate DID NOT change with the mod. There is some other special sauce that the OPO cable has. I just wish it's longer!

    EDIT: I wish I had phrased the title as a question, sorry if you were misled!
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014

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  2. dc2000
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 26, 2014

    dc2000 , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Is there a faster way to charge this(I know about the "put your phone in airplane mode"(or off), but comparing apples to apples, is there another way? Seems to me this phone takes a little while.

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  3. thegreenmango
    Gingerbread Jul 26, 2014

  4. Connor Cleveland
    Gingerbread Jul 26, 2014

  5. adelmundo
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    adelmundo , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Yes, different cables can actually make a difference in the charge rate. I've used the Galaxy Charging app and checked the rate of charge using different cables with a 2.1A charger. All gave different rates, depending on the length of cable and thickness (gauge) of the cable. Most cables are 28AWG or thinner cable, Good cables are 24AWG or better. The cable I ise is the KOPI 20AWG cable (3 feet or 1 meter in length). Costs $6 (free shipping if you have Amazon Prime). With this cable, I get 1800 mAh charge rate using a 2.1A charger. Most cheap cables, in comparison, get about 800mah, with one cheapie cable getting as low as 400mAh! Here it the link to the cable on Amazon:


    It's so good,, I bought a second one and will be buying only this cable from now on. It also has good think ends and the teeth latch on securely on the microUSB port on my phone.

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  6. Max Harry Johnson
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 26, 2014

  7. adelmundo
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    adelmundo , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Basically, rule of thumb: thicker and shorter the cable, the better the charge rate. Anything longer than 6 feet or 2 meters, and anything thinner than 24AWG in thickness, your charge rate goes down a lot. Plus use a 2.1A charger. Most newer phones and tablets now come with a 2.1A charger anyways.

  8. sleepdragonone
    KitKat Jul 26, 2014

    sleepdragonone , Jul 26, 2014 :
    yeah, we need to know what type of sauce is there, tomato sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce. whatever sauce.

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  9. bukloa
    Cupcake Jul 26, 2014

    bukloa , Jul 26, 2014 :
    WOW ty for the experiment and sharing this. Wish the cable was longer

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  10. adelmundo
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    adelmundo , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Great thing about the KOPI cable, unlike other cables that short the wires, is you still can use data on this. With charge only/shorted cables, you don't get data.

    I use this cable to charge my Note 2 with a ZeroLemon 9300mAh battery (3 times the capacity of the stock 3100mAh battery) and a 2.1A charger. With an old generic cable, when I was driving around using the GPS on my phone, I was actually losing charge on my phone because I didn't realize it was charging at 400mAh! With this cable, no problem at all.

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  11. adelmundo
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    adelmundo , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Longer cables are actually worse. Charge rate goes down greatly the longer the cable. Best bet is 3 feet/1 meter or shorter. I wouldn't go longer than 6 feet/2 meters.

  12. Skf123
    Marshmallow Jul 26, 2014

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  13. blalasaadri
    Honeycomb Jul 26, 2014

    blalasaadri , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Fascinating read, thanks a lot! I'll stick with the original cable for now but maybe at some point I'll need an alternative, so...

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  14. bakal_daw
    Honeycomb Jul 26, 2014

    bakal_daw , Jul 26, 2014 :
    His favourite sauce, I guess :). Just kidding. A very informative post though

  15. jchu14
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    jchu14 , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Okay here's another set of test with 3 ft 24awg Monoprice cable compared to 6ft 28awg Monoprice cable and original Onepls cable. This will show if a thicker and shorter cable will give you fast charging.


    Success! The 3ft 24awg cable charges just as fast as the OPO cable. Those people (@adelmundo) who mentioned that the cable length and gauge makes a huge difference is absolutely right! Now time to find the thickest 5 or 6 feet cable that I can find!

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  16. jchu14
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    jchu14 , Jul 26, 2014 :
    These are the thickest cables that I could find online for US:
    3 ft - 20awg - Kopi 2.1A cable @ Amazon $6
    5 ft - 22awg - PortaPow @ Amazon $9
    6 ft - 22awg - Link Depot MUSB-6-22AWG @ Newegg $7

    I ordered the kopi 3ft and the Link Depot 6ft. It'll be interesting to see if the charge rate is different or if 22awg is thick enough to not be the limiting factor.

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  17. dvorion
    Gingerbread Jul 26, 2014

  18. adelmundo
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    adelmundo , Jul 26, 2014 :
    The Kopi was the best price, although it is the shortest length of all 3 you posted. Most of the time I am within 3' of my phone when it is charging (in the car or at home on the nightstand next to my bed charging) so the length isn't really that bad for me. If you get either of the other 2 cables, post your results here as I am curious if they will also perform just as well. The Link Depot looks promising as it is only $1 more than the Kopi. I already own 2 Kopi cables and was about to order another one to keep at work (right now I have 1 at home and 1 in my car).

  19. adelmundo
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    adelmundo , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Also, as I stated earlier, the Kopi cable is great because the ends look really durable, casings are made of hard plastic and not rubber, and the teeth on the microUSB end clamp much more securely than many other cables I have used in the past. I used to use the Monoprice cables, although the prices are great, after a while, they wouldn't wear out and wouldn't stay as clamped when you plug it into the phone.

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  20. adelmundo
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

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