Having recently bought the excellent TomTom GPS Navigation Traffic for my phone, to replace my physical TomTom satnav, I found that it drained more battery than I could charge my phone up with in my car. And that’s not good, as it would mean I’d always run out of battery using it on long journey.

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My excellent ReTrak cable was never long enough so I’d purchased a long, flat cable from eBay – it was cheap but it did what I needed to. But I’d read that the quality of the cable can dictate how much power can be transmitted, so I purchased a long, high quality one from Amazon. I replaced the USB plug with a higher output one and, combined with the new charger, it worked – at the very least it now charged as quickly as it drained.

So, I thought this was worthy of further investigation. Using my OnePlus mains adapter I tried a number of USB cables and measured the power provided using the Ampere. The results, as those click-bait ads always say, will surprise you.

The OnePlus cable provided 1010 mA. In comparison, the Sony branded cable that came with my tablet only provided a lowly 570 mA.

But let’s turn to the cables I used in the car…

The original reTrak cable, bearing in mind how slim it is, provided a very worthy 980 mA. My new, quality cable did best of all with 1030 mA.

The cheap one from eBay? Just 230 mA.

And that’s all you need to know – the quality of the cable DOES make a difference. The cable I bought from Amazon was a Ugreen brand, available in a variety of lengths and colours and are therefore highly recommended.