Anker PowerLine III Flow USB C to USB C 100w Cable Review

Anker PowerLine III Flow USB C to USB C 100w Cable

9.5

9.5/10

Anker PowerLine III Flow USB C to USB C 100w Cable is their most flexible cable ever. This is all thanks to its interior graphene coating. And coupled with its silicone gel finish, the cable is also surprisingly soft to the touch. Pair up with a 27W charger to power your Galaxy S21 to 62% in just half an hour.

With a tensile strength capable of withstanding 25,000 bends and 220 lbs (100 kg), it’s is built to last. Use the included silicone gel tie to neatly coil up the 6 ft / 1.8 m cable. Making it easy storage and to avoid tangling with other cables.

Anker PowerLine III Flow USB C to USB C 100w Cable Review

This cable is like no other cable I have ever owned. It is very thick (about 4.2mm or just under 3/16″), but is more flexible than have ever seen. It has a very “soft” feel with its silicone finish. There is virtually no cable memory; it will hang almost completely straight when dangled from one end. It is truly incredible to use!

Anker PowerLine III Flow USB C to USB C 100w Cable Review

Now if you are not a cable nerd, you probably won’t care at all about this next section. This cable does what it says it does!

The one small issue I have with this cable is that for being a 100W (5A) rated cable, the voltage drop is the highest I have seen to date out of all of the cables I own (10 different ones). In just a 3ft cable, I am seeing about a 330mV drop at around 9V 2A. For comparison, that is about as much voltage drop as I see in my cheap 10ft 60W rated cables. That ends up being about 2/3 of a watt lost just in the cable alone at a mere 18W (remember, this cable is rated for 100W).

My other 100W (5A) 3ft cable drops only about half as much at about 160mV or ~1/3W. The (3) different 60W (3A) 3ft cables I have drop around 240-260mV or ~1/2W.

I can only think this is down to either using thinner conductor wires or a different metal alloy than pure copper to increase flexibility at the expense of higher power loss in the cable.

This is likely fine as the additional heat is easily handled by the silicone insulation and at the end of the day, we are talking about a loss that is still within the USB spec. Ultimately, I just did not expect this to be the worst conducting cable out of the 10 I own considering it is premium, expensive cable.

Overall, the Anker PowerLine III Flow USB C to USB C 100w Cable is a great addition for anyone looking for a durable think cable.

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