🇬🇧 🇩🇪 Magnetic USB cable recommended to avoid socket probs

There are several different available for µUSB, has someone btw. stumbled over a decent type for USB-C?
No matter if a simple generic adaptor or a fixed magnetic cable.
The ones I passed by so far are simply too bulky in size and hence to this not very attractive, specifically when having a protection or flip cover. I want to give one away as a gift, but…

Quite common these days (considering manufacturing only). Shenzhen seems to be the central place where most manufacturing is going on similar to Silicon Valley for computer/IT business. Also speaks for Fairphone and many other products I have received the last months.

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Update regarding the adapter facing down … I received 2 more adapters and they show the same behaviour, so they seem to be designed that way.
Strange, but apart from that they work great until now :+1: .


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are there any current recommendations regarding magnetic USB cable for charging and data transfer with FP1? Links are highly appreciated :slight_smile:

I have moved your post here. Please read the other posts above.

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I bought 4 TOPK cables on sale during Black Friday: 2 microUSB, 2 USB-C, and an additional lightning connector.

I also bought from Indiegogo some very small keychain cables which has microUSB, USB-C, and lightning in one, and fits on a keychain. I expect these to be terrible for socket probs, but useful to have with you (provided your keychain stays dry).

I’m gonna gift them around at Christmas, so I’ll be able to tell if they’re any good (or not) afterwards. Either way I can’t return them anymore anyway.

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Hello everyone, Happy New Year.
I’m having this problem. The USB barely makes contact and has to be carefully balanced and left very still to get a charge. I’ve been putting up with it for some time. Now I’ve found this discussion, I’ve ordered a magnetic USB cable and adapter. Will I also need to replace the bottom module. If I do, can I send the old module back to FP for recycling?

That’s for another question, but yes you can. More info on the Fairphone homepage.


has anyone tested the adapter version (without the cable) from CALISTOUS, NetDot, Callstel or can recommend a company for an adapter? The reviews are quite mixed

Currently I use several NetDot Gen5 adapters across my household, and they work just fine … https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B076QC2RQT .


I am using those types of magnetic cables since more than 2 years now.
For me they work just fine and against some experiences of other users I never lost any magnet due to failure.
These magnets seem to be the most common around. I have them from Goobay, but also other manufacturers. They match up with different adaptors from other brands. So one may simply purchase a magnetic tip for USB-C as I have done and use the same cable to be able to connect a USB-C device if it’s just for being socket compatible (so there won’t be any fast charge or high-speed transfer).
Full USB-C functionality of course would require the full cable specification.

Anyway I can fully recommend these magnets no matter from which manufacturer. They have a strong hold but will securely detach if there is a strong pull on the cable.
A bit of caution should be given here to keep the contacts clean on both sides so a quick snap attachment will properly assure the charging/data transfer.
Yes, both can be done with the tip if your cable also keeps it simple.
There is hardly a loss of current. The phone get close the full current as if it was connected by a proper (2 wire) standard cable although it does have 4 pins to support data transfer without any further action.

EDIT: For clarification according to:

I specifically talk about those as, I meanwhile can state, very common magnetic tips having only 5 pins in a middle row and an oval shape (whether chrome or golden), none which look different or don’t have the same pin layout (btw. I rarely came across those).


Careful with that.
For instance the esorio I had earlier were incompatible with the NetDot.


Addendum: If you drop your FP1 and it crashes down on the magnetic USB adaptor, the USB port inside gets smashed. Result: Charging doesn’t work anymore.


That makes it hard to decide, which risk to take. :thinking:

Would not want to test it, but I would expect, that this can be the case with any other phone as well. The adaptor is focussing the impact directly on the usb-port, that otherwise would have been taken by the case, i.e. a much larger area.

Think about how often you drop your phone and the probability of exactly hitting the ground at the connector. Multiply both and decide if it’s worth the risk. :wink:


I dare to take the risk for a Fairphone 3, where I can simply replace the USB module. :smirk: :grin: