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Syncwire Travel Solution Review USB-C Cable, 48W charger and EVA Zip Case

Monday, October 12, 2020

When charging multiple devices, you need both a quality charger and a quality cable that can reliably, efficiently and safely charge devices in the fastest time possible and without causing any problems! This is particularly important when constantly on the move with power hungry electronic devices. If you're looking for a compact charging solution that you can neatly store and take with you on your travels without taking a lot of space, consider the Syncwire travel charging solution as follows.
First off, it's the Syncwire USB-C cable, which comes in various lengths, including the 1.8 meter long (6ft) SW-TC158 model featured on this review. There is a also a 1 meter long (3.3ft) and 2 meter (6.6ft) lengths available, as well as a micro USB version you can buy from Syncwire. The 1.8 meter long cable is just about the right length. It's not too short nor too long, which sometimes does come handy when charging the phone from a wall socket while sitting on a couch or laying in bed. Overall though, shorter cables do a better job at charging gadgets faster because there is less distance and resistance for charge to push through.
The Syncwire USB-C cable is capable of delivering 15 watts of USB power via 5 volts/3 amps (5V/3A), which is worth noting if you plan to use this cable with a smartphone that uses a OnePlus DashCharge charger or Huawei SuperCharge charger. The DashCharge and SuperCharge chargers have a 5V/4A (20 watts) and 4.5V/5A (22.5 watts) charging speed rating respectively that is regulated by a smart chip protocol. The Syncwire USB-C cable does not integrate any of these chip protocols; hence this Syncwire cable won't be able to provide full charging speed, although it will work with these devices.
The Syncwire USB-C cable is both a charging cable and data cable too, being able to deliver a maximum data transfer speed of up to 5 Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 1 speed). Since the Syncwire USB-C cable uses the USB 3.0 standard, it is backwards compatible; hence it will work with USB 2.0 and USB 1.0 devices. Fast transfer speed is always convenient when moving large files from one device to another like from a phone or external hard drive to a computer. The Syncwire USB-C cable supports data and power but not video or audio; hence you won't be able to use the Syncwire USB-C cable as an audio/video cable to output video from a laptop to an external monitor.
Some external hard drives can handle up to 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2) transfer speeds; hence you will want a cable that can match it, otherwise it will slow down the drive. The Syncwire USB-C cable can only handle up to 5Gbps, which is relatively slower compared to USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10gbps) and Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gbps) speeds. Just like all data transfer cables though, real world performance does depend on your setup. A long as you connect the cable to a USB 3.0 port that supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 speed and, that is directly on the motherboard rather than on a hub or daisy chain, you should get a good decent transfer speed performance.
The Syncwire USB-C cable is made using 22 AWG aramid core wire that is protected by multiple layers, namely aluminum mylar, mesh material, TPE rubber and triple braided nylon, which forms the outer sheath of the Syncwire USB-C cable. The plug terminals have a metal-like construction with a strong rubber strain relief and Syncwire branding (laser printed etching).
Thicker cables are typically made with thicker wiring diameter (gauge), which can carry more power. Most USB cables are able to carry both data and power so, they typically have four standard wires, two for power and two for data. Cables with 22 AWG wiring have a 0.64 diameter, which is thicker than the standard 28 AWG wiring (0.32 diameter) in most USB cables. Compared to a regular USB cable, the Syncwire USB-C cable feels definitely much more durable but, it's still flexible enough that isn't super stiff to bend.

In order to get 15 watts of power passing through the Syncwire USB-C cable, you will need a power adapter (not included) that can output that much power. The Syncwire USB-C cable is compatible with all fast charging technologies, including quick charging, fast charging, USB-C power delivery, adaptive fast charging, and turbo charging, which are basically variants of the same technology.
This means, you can use the the Syncwire USB-C cable with a Qualcomm Quick Charge charger, Motorola TurboPower charger, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger or a regular fast charger like the Syncwire 48W charger. That said, if you are primarily planning to use the cable with a phone, be aware that not all phones support "fast charging" and the phones that do support fast charging may support one fast charging variant but not the other. 
Case in point, Apple and Google Pixel phones only support Power Delivery technology, while some USB-C Android devices support both Power Delivery and Quick Charge. Best way to tell whether your phone supports fast charging or not it's by looking up the specs for the specific model of your phone. You can also use an app called Ampere to check out how charge your phone is getting.
Other wall charging solutions include the mentioned Power Delivery and Quick Charge chargers, which feature a smart chip that automatically regulates the output so, it varies the voltage and current accordingly. This is important to note because not all fast chargers integrate intelligent charging. You can actually use a fast charger with a fixed output that delivers 5V/3A and it will charge a devices from 0% to 50% really fast but, once the battery gets to 50% (approximately), the fast charging process starts to slow down. An intelligent fast charger, it the other hand, works out and calculates the most efficient way to charge a device for the course of a full charge. This not only helps maximize the lifespan of the battery but, it also helps to improve the charging time speed.
The Syncwire 48W charger features four USB-A ports capable of outputting 5V/2.4A (12 watts) each; hence the charger is able to output a total of 48 watts/ 9.6 volts. The Syncwire 48W charger does have a smart chip that monitors charge and will shut off power when it detects overheating, overloading, or overcharging. Even though, the Syncwire 48W charger does output charge above the standard 2.1 amps, the Syncwire 48W charger is technically not a "fast charger" because it does not bump up the voltage or the amps; hence it does not support Quick Charge. That said, the Syncwire 48W charger does decrease voltage and amps intelligently to optimize charging speed.
Being a travel charger, the Syncwire 48W charger works with various world electrical sockets, ranging from 100 volts to 240 volts. The default US 2 flat pin connector is not-removable but, it's designed to accommodate different plug adapters, which are included for UK and EU travel. Most wall adapters interchangeable plugs use a plastic clip-type mechanism for keeping the plug securely into the adapter.
The Syncwire 48W charger, in the other hand, doesn't use a clip or snapping mechanism. You simply slide the plug into the adapter and the snug fit keeps the plug securely in place.When it's time to remove the plug, you simply push and out it comes with little force without having to push a button, which can sometimes get jammed or be too stiff to push to release the plug.
The shell of the Syncwire 48W charger is made with fire retardant ABS plastic, which has a glossy finish to it with a beveled design; hence not sharp edges. The charger is extremely compact with a square shape, although the charger is slightly taller (58cm) than it's wider (5.5cm). When the US plug pins are retracted, the Syncwire 48W charger measures 4.3cm deep (thick). With the pins extended, the charger measures 6cm deep, although the actual depth of the charger is 4.3cm since the charger sits flush when inserted into a US plug socket. When attaching the UK and EU plugs onto the charger, the do protrude a little; hence the depth does increase slightly to 5cm. The Syncwire SW-AC360 48W charger is available from amazon and Syncwire. There is also a 34-watt version and a 30-watt version with two USB ports.
Lastly on a travel solution, it's a travel case or tech pouch, which are a neat way to organize phone accessories and other small gadgets by keeping them all organized in one place. The Syncwire travel case has a hard-shell made of EVA foam rubber covered with Oxford cloth, which is usually made of cotton or synthetic (polyester or nylon). In the case of the Syncwire travel case, the Oxford cloth is made with nylon. Being Oxford cloth, it has a double layer basketweave, which is easy to clean and durable, thanks to the characteristic criss-cross pattern of basketweave. 
Nylon is not naturally water resistant but the Syncwire travel case outershell has been waterproofed with a durable water resistant (DWR) coating. There is no specific mention if the DWR coating on the Syncwire case is PFC free, although the description does say "environmentally friendly", which should no contain C8 DWR. 
The standard DWR treatment manufacturers are switching to is C6, which is less harmful when released into the environment than C8. DWR waterproofing does wash off, which is why it's a problem to the environment. DWR coating does lasts longer when hand washing the material, rather than putting it through a machine cycle. 
The Syncwire travel case has one bit of branding, which is subtle made with raised rubber lettering heat printed on top of the case. There is also a slightly padded grab handle made with a thick webbing strap sewn on the back side that forms a handy lanyard loop. 
The lanyard loop measures 14cm long, 1.5cm wide and can expand up to 4cm internally, which is wide enough for a medium size hand to pass through. A small metal carabiner clip is also included for clipping the Syncwire travel case onto a trouser belt loop or backpack. The carabiner measures 4cm long (and approx. 2cm wide) and has a rubber-like material coating the surface.
The Syncwire travel case weighs 130 grams. The internal dimensions are 18cm long, 11cm wide and a 5cm depth when both halves of the case are closed. The top section has a 2cm depth, while the bottom section of the case has a higher depth (approx. 3cm) for storing bulkier items. Both halves of the case feature a small, non-elastic mesh net, as well as a thickly padded sleeve for storing delicate items. Other than that, the Syncwire travel case has an open-type storage design similar to a headphone hardshell case. 
The Syncwire travel case is very compact; hence it's not able to offer comprehensive organization like larger tech pouches, which let you compartmentalize things via elastic loops and multiple compartments. That said, the Syncwire travel case does come with four Syncwire-branded velcro straps for cable management. 
The velcro straps measure 14cm long and 1cm wide so, they're good size without being overly long, which can be a mess when only needing to bundle a couple of cables. The length of the cable tie is perfect and there is also a small loop at the end of the tie that helps managing the cables securely. If you plan to use them to cable manage computer cables, you should be able to tie up to 6-7 cables depending on the size. Being velcro straps, they are reusable and easy to undo (unlike plastic zip ties) so, you can use them for holding anything together.
The Syncwire travel case is large enough for storing two 1.8 meter long Syncwire cables and a 48W Syncwire charger. You can definitely store a couple more stuff in the case if you carry shorter cables. The padded sleeve compartment is covered with soft felt-like fabric and, it's large enough to accommodate a large smartphone. 
If you need to carry a lot of gadgets, you will probably need a larger, more comprehensive tech pouch but, if you only need to carry basics like a smartphone, cable and charger, the Syncwire travel case is perfect.
The Syncwire travel case has a double slider zip with standard plastic coil teeth design; hence the teeth are exposed, unlike reverse coil zippers, which conceal the teeth. The advantage of reverse coil teeth is that they offer some protection against dust and moisture. The seam of the Syncwire travel case zip does not appear to be coated with any water protection; hence the Syncwire travel case is not fully waterproof. 
The metal zip sliders feature 3cm long metal pull tabs, which help open and close the case smoothly. The zip run all the way around, which provides the Syncwire travel case with a clam-shell opening so, you can have both sides of the case laying flat on a surface, which makes packing things easier. The Syncwire travel case (SW-GB501 model) is available to buy from amazon and Syncwire.
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