When I got my hands on Musungo’s new cable one of my colleagues raised an interesting point when seeing how excited I was to review the cable. His point was simple but very important: “It’s just a cable”, he said. From the title of this review, his statement clearly stayed with me during my testing phase.
PS: During the first week of the review, I couldn’t get any numbers on how quick the Musungo USB C Cable(ZW$120) actually was because temperatures simply wouldn’t allow fast charging to occur on the phone and at times I would get a notification telling me that the temperatures were too high to charge and I would have to wait for the phone to cool down.
This wasn’t the fault of the cable by the way but just the fact that temperatures were too high and the USB C cable that came with the Galaxy S8 we used for testing had similar issues.
Once temperatures became bearable again, we started comparing the USB C cable that comes with the Galaxy S8 to Musungo’s USB C cable. We tested charging speeds and data transfer speeds to cover every use case you’ll come across if you were to buy the cable yourself.
The need for speed
For charging we tested two different scenarios i) Using a power bank ii) using wall chargers.
For the first scenario, we used a fast charging power bank and the results were as follows:
|Musungo USB-C + Powerbank (1st charge)||10%-100%||30°C||2 hrs 25 mins|
|Samsung USB-C + Powerbank (1st charge)||10%-100%||31°C||2 hrs 37 mins|
|Musungo USB-C+ Powerbank (2nd charge)||10%-100%||27°C||2 hours|
|Samsung USB-C+ Powerbank (2nd charge)||10%-100%||28°C||2 hrs 24 mins|
|Average Temperature||Average Time|
|Musungo USB-C + Power bank||10%-100%||28.5°C||2 hrs 12 mins|
|Samsung USB-C + Power bank||10%-100%||29.5°C||2 hrs 30 mins|
Musungo’s USB C cable had an 18 minute lead on average but both times when we tested the local cable the temperature was 1°c lower and that could’ve had a slight effect.
In the second scenario, we pit the Samsung wall charger + Cable combination against Musungo’s QC3 wall charger (US$6) + Musungo cable and got the following results:
|Musungo wall charger + Musungo Cable||30%-100%||28°C||1 hr 48 mins|
|Samsung wall charger + Musungo Cable||30%-100%||25°C||1 hr 33 mins|
The Samsung cable was 15 minutes faster than Musungo’s cable when paired with the Musungo wall charger but it’s also worth noting that there was 3°C temperature difference which probably played a part in this difference. All things being said the wall charger proved itself capable of charging your device quickly if you’re ever in need of a quick top-up of juice before dashing out.
Who let the data out?
As mentioned before, we tested out the speed of data transfer to see which cable worked best for transferring files to and from the phone and laptop:
|Cable used||Size of file moved from PC to phone||Time taken||Size of File moved from phone to PC||Time taken|
|Musungo cable||1.14GB||33 seconds||1.14GB||41 seconds|
|Samsung cable||1.14GB||32 seconds||1.14GB||40 seconds|
The Samsung cable was a second faster than Musungo’s by 1 second both when receiving a 1.14GB file and when sending the same file. It’s a negligible difference and you’ll decide for yourself how valuable that second is for you. What I can definitely say is that when moving music and movies from your phone to your laptop and vice-versa you’ll see no discernible difference in terms of time.
The wall charger is your standard plastic wall charger but it does feel slightly lighter and a bit more flimsy than the Samsung brick.
The cable is a different affair. It’s a braided 1m cable that feels higher quality than the cables that come with most phones. There is one thing to keep in mind. Braided cables look and feel better than the cables that you get out of the box but over time there is a high probability that the cable will fray and that will affect appearance and feel.
Should you buy Musungo’s USB C cable & wall charger?
If your phone supports fast charging and your cable isn’t cutting it then I suggest that you look at Musungo’s USB-C charger. It comes in two sizes -1 & 2 metres and in 2 different colours – black and red – which means you can add a personal touch. The two colours are also less prone to getting dirty when compared to white cables which is another subtle advantage.
Where I would totally recommend getting the cable is when you’re buying a replacement cable for a cable that you’ve lost or broken. Buying these cables in the street always come with guarantees that they are fast charge compatible even when they are not which makes buying the cables a chore.
With Musungo you have a company that has an identity and reputation to keep so if they sell you a cable that’s defunct or falsely advertised you can always lodge complaints with them and you can also voice your disappointment and people will know which brand to avoid – something you just don’t have when you buy no-name cables from random shops.
What about the wall charger? Well, if you have a phone that’s fast charge compatible but for some reason, the manufacturers decided not to put a fast charger in the box (I’m looking at you Apple) then you should probably get one. The only downside I saw with the wall charger is that it gets crazy hot when you’re using it – but this isn’t uncommon in the land of fast chargers.