Vinpok PokMag Bolt-S: World’s First USB-C Magnetic Cable For MacBook Pro

I have been very late to the party to the world of USB-C, that I owned my first couple USB-C devices, namely the OnePlus 5 ^(https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Finstagram.com%2Fp%2FBXJss1ABG4m%2F&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGZxTRsVA5fTN-psqAhHNPXMKVwow) and the Nintendo Switch ^(https://instagram.com/p/BY0qcPphMmL/). There is abundance of options of USB-C cables that supports Quick Charge technology that I could easily go with battery packs ^(https://appleglory.com/2017/06/11/review-jackery-force-series-portable-external-battery-packs/) that can do the same.

Look at the fact that the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X ^(https://appleglory.com/2017/09/13/apple-event-september-2017-live-roundup/) support Qi Wireless Charging technology, plugging in a static charging cable seems to be turning into a pain in the foreseeable future. Yet, it is a more cost-effective and handy way. And USB-C appears to be the future ^(https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwig2M306LDWAhWILyYKHYc-BpwQtwIIMDAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DhQZp6lp-3as&usg=AFQjCNHSOzGwqnSDtSaVQ-XyE_6HraUhQw) along this path and Apple made it towards its Mac line-up that you can yet plug-in the new iPhone X without getting an external adapter, despite of controversy ^(https://9to5mac.com/2017/11/02/phill-schiller-addresses-new-macbook-pro-controversy-explains-why-apple-dropped-the-sd-card-but-kept-the-headphone-jack/).

One of the reasons for the controversy is that this move terminated MagSafe, one of the most welcomed proprietary technologies that comes genuinely from Apple. It is super handy and it works perfectly as of today. Many crowdfunded attempts failed ^(https://www.reddit.com/r/shittykickstarters/comments/4vo7vi/sohave_any_crowdfunded_magnetic_ie_magsafe_usb/?st=j7rc9z32&sh=b0e7fb22) but Vinpok ^(https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bolt-world-s-1st-usb-c-magnetic-cable-for-macbook#/) is determined to pick up from where everyone has left off.

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Vinpok Bolt is the world’s first USB-C magnetic cable with support for 87W charging of 15-inch MacBook Pro. With USB-C connectors on both ends, the Bolt Cable is capable to power up any 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pros, and of course many other devices that have a USB-C port for charging. Huge shoutout to Vinpok ^(https://bolt.vinpok.com/) for sponsoring a sample unit of Bolt Cable ^(https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bolt-world-s-1st-usb-c-magnetic-cable-for-macbook#/) to make this review possible. Despite that we do not have a USB-C MacBook to review with, we tested with the latest OnePlus 5 on its performance.

Buy now on Indiegogo – $35 ^(https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bolt-world-s-1st-usb-c-magnetic-cable-for-macbook#/)

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Technical Specifications

  • Material: Magnets and TPE
  • Color: Black/Silver
  • Length: 78.7 inches (about 2m)
  • Weight: 1.2 ounces (about 34g)
  • Output: 5.2V 2.4A/9V 3A/20.2V 4.3A
  • Maximum Current: 4.3A
  • Charging Port: USB-C
  • Operating Environment: -3° to 45℃
  • Compatibility: 15-inch MacBook Pro/ 13-inch MacBook Pro/ MacBook/ USB-C laptops, Tablets, Smartphones, Speakers etc.
  • Compatible with 29W, 61W and 87W MacBook Power Adapter
  • Passed rigorous 4000 times tensile test

Unboxing

Vinpok Bolt ships in a decent packaging with fine-printed details and product information, features and compatibility. What is more exciting is the bundle you get from Vinpok Bolt. Inside the box, you will find the Bolt Cable itself with a wrap that keeps the cable neatly coiled and tangle free.

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Another nice touch is the carrying case. Not only you can snap in the cable itself but also put the magnetic tip that can be securely in the inner pocket of the carrying case.

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The review unit also ships with an additional magnetic tip so I can attach to my other devices such as the Nintendo Switch. However, the tip is very small with only 8.8mm, which is ⅓ smaller than the tiniest magnetic tip size on the market, that you must take good care of it as you may easily bury it somewhere on the desk.

First impression

The Bolt Cable works perfectly as advertised and as you might have expected on an older generation MacBook with MagSafe, like the MacBook Pro mid-2012 that I am still working on with. Simply plug in the magnetic tip provided into the USB-C port on your device and you are good to go.

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The build quality for the cable, connector and magnetic tip is great. The connectors are solid that no parts feel loosen. The most impressive one is the cable itself. It feels very durable as advertised, and it is not easily tangled up no matter how to wrap it around on the desk or in your bag.

Performance

The ultimate indicator for whether or not a charging cable is good is the charging speed. We have run a few tests on the same power plug and charger that has a USB-C 5V/3A output as well as a USB-A 5V/2.4A output, as well as the OnePlus Dash Charge charger and USB-C cable.

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Vinpok Bolt (Left) vs OnePlus Dash Charge (Right)
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Vinpok Bolt (Left) vs UGreen USB-C with Quick Charge (Right)

The result is generally expected. When compared with OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charge technology that pushes a higher amperage that normal charger does perform better over the others even it is C-to-C. Although it is 50% slower, it is still on par with USB-A 5V/2.4A Quick Charge which is equally decent if you are not using a OnePlus device.

Conclusions

For $35, the Vinpok Bolt USB-C charging cable is appropriately priced. You get pretty much what you paid for. Quality cable, good build quality, decent charging speed, more importantly the compatibility across a wide range of devices. Find out more from Vinpok ^(https://bolt.vinpok.com/) official site and order your Bolt Cable ^(https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bolt-world-s-1st-usb-c-magnetic-cable-for-macbook#/) now if you find it sound and promising.

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Iraqi Kurdish referendum: UN warns of ‘destabilising impact’

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Media captionKexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum defined – through the electorate themselves

The UN Safety Council has warned of the possibly destabilising affect of a deliberate referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Area of Iraq.

The 15 member states mentioned ^(http://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sc13002.doc.htm) Monday’s non-binding vote may just obstruct efforts to counter so-called Islamic State (IS) and lend a hand displaced Iraqis go back house.

It referred to as for “discussion and compromise” between the Kurdistan govt and the central govt in Baghdad.

High Minister Haider al-Abadi has mentioned the referendum is unconstitutional.

Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic staff within the Center East, however they’ve by no means got an enduring country state.

In Iraq, the place they make up an estimated 15% to 20% of the inhabitants of 37 million, Kurds confronted many years of repression ahead of obtaining autonomy in 1991.

  • Kurdish referendum: What’s at stake? ^(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41239673)
  • Sykes-Picot: The map that spawned a century of resentment ^(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36300224)
  • Who’re the Kurds? ^(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29702440)
  • Iraqi Kurdistan profile ^(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28147263)

The remark issued through the Safety Council overdue on Thursday expressed “proceeding appreciate for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and harmony of Iraq”.

They instructed “all exceptional problems between the government and the Kurdistan Regional Govt to be resolved, in keeping with the provisions of the Iraqi charter, thru structured discussion and compromise supported through the global neighborhood”.

Council contributors additionally expressed complete toughen for UN efforts to facilitate discussion.

On Wednesday, the overseas ministers of neighbouring Turkey and Iran, which themselves have sizeable Kurdish minorities, agreed with their Iraqi counterpart that the referendum may just divide Iraq and spark a much wider regional battle.

The ministers additionally mentioned they have been taking into consideration “taking counter-measures” in opposition to the Kurdistan Area, however didn’t supply main points.

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Kurds have lengthy asserted that they’ve the suitable to have an enduring country state

Iraqi Kurdish leaders have mentioned they’re decided to press forward with the referendum, which is able to happen within the three provinces that formally make up the Kurdistan Area – Dahuk, Irbil and Sulaimaniya – and “spaces of Kurdistan out of doors the area’s management”.

The latter come with disputed towns corresponding to Kirkuk, Makhmour, Khanaqin and Sinjar, over which Kurdish Peshmerga forces have established keep an eye on whilst struggling with IS.

Kurdish leaders have additionally wired “sure” vote is not going to cause an automated declaration of independence, however relatively make stronger their hand in long negotiations on secession with Baghdad.

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Media captionMassoud Barzani spoke to the BBC

Then again, america has warned that such negotiations are “extremely not going” to occur. It additionally mentioned that global gives of toughen for authentic discussion to unravel Iraqi Kurds’ “authentic grievances” can be “foreclosed”.

The UN Particular Consultant for Iraq, Jan Kubis, has introduced to dealer negotiations that might intention to succeed in a deal inside of two or three years at the “rules and preparations” for long run family members between Baghdad and the Kurds, in keeping with AFP information company.

In go back, the referendum can be postponed till the tip of the negotiations.

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