I have spent well over 300 AUD (all prices below are in AUD) on just buying USB cables. The 2 cables you see below that are connected to my 2019 MacBook - I paid close to $100 for. Here's the proof:

$65 - https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/MQ4H2FE/A/thunderbolt-3-usb%E2%80%91c-cable-08-m

$29.06 - https://www.amazon.com.au/Charging-MANINAM-Charger-Braided-Organizer/dp/B07XWQ4W87/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=maninam+cable&qid=1579161750&sr=8-1

That's $94 for just 2 cables. And I don't even use the Thunderbolt 3 feature as I don't have an external display. I did check if it worked or not though once.

I've gone through so many dodgy cables, I figured it's just better to pay more and get better quality. But that wasn't always the case.

So I got into a habit of buying more USB cables than I needed - but every time I pressed the Pay button, I convinced myself that I actually need this cable or cables because one or more of the reasons below applied:

  • The ones I have are dodgy
  • This USB cable is a 2 in 1 (Micro USB & Lightning)
  • This USB cable is a 3 in 1 (USB C, Micro USB & Lightning)
  • I am going overseas
  • The setup I have now is not convenient

In the end, I ended up switching most of my cables to a 3 in 1 and the best 3 in 1 cable I found was this:

https://www.bigw.com.au/product/laser-usb-a-to-lightning-micro-usb-c-cable-black/p/678993/

which only cost $8 and the quality is amazing. If anyone from the company Laser is reading this, big props to you!

I had a similar 3 in 1 from Miniso but they died on me pretty quickly because the connectors got loose - and they cost a whole lot more. I think $20 or more. I went through 3 of them and RIP to all of them.

The latest, latest purchase from Amazon.com.au is a 3 in 1 (output) plus 2 in 1 on the input end. That allows me to go from USB C to USB C as pictured above, without a separate adaptor. And the quality seem really good - I only got it today.

I have a drawer full of very old cables. I think it might be time to do a cleanup since I'm very close to the perfect collection of cables or setup.