Innergie Magic Cable Trio integrates USB and Apple tips in a single cord
By Pawel Piejko
December 14, 2011
The myriad of mobile devices in constant need of recharging that many people now have in their possession can quickly lead to chronic cable clutter, especially when hitting the road. Innergie's Magic Cable Trio provides a neat solution by integrating connectors for micro USB, mini USB and Apple's 30-pin dock connector (although the image on the Innergie site refers to it as a "40 pin connector") in a single power and sync cable.
It wasn't too long ago that many manufacturers of mobile devices utilized their own proprietary charger connectors that were not only incompatible with devices from rival companies, but often incompatible with previous devices from the same company. In 2009, however, big mobile phone makers agreed to accept the micro USB as the standard for charging smartphones.
While it's a step in the right direction for consumers, Apple's commitment to the alliance is limited to launching an adapter for its 30-pin connector, units equipped with the mini USB standard are still present and the said agreement applies to the E.U. only. Thus, there's still plenty of people with portable gadgets utilizing different connectors.
That's where the Magic Cable Trio comes in. Touted as being compatible with 10,000 USB-powered devices, the Innergie Magic Cable Trio 3-in-1 USB Cable features a multi-tip design with three connector tips that nest within one another. Unlike standalone adapters, the two outermost connectors - the 30-pin connector and Micro USB connector - stay connected to the cable when not being used, so they won't be misplaced.
The 30-pin connector is suitable for iDevices, while mini and micro USB tips can be utilized with a variety of devices, including HTC and Blackberry smartphones, MP3 players, GPS devices, or digital cameras. There's a standard USB connector at the other end of the cord. The cable's length is only 20 cm (7.9 in) and the whole unit weighs in at 15 g (0.5 oz).
The Innergie's Magic Cable Trio is available for US$19.99.