Why do I need a short USB cable?

Tangled USB cable

If your car interior has ever looked remotely like this, you know why you need a short USB cable

Most phones come with a USB cable, usually about three feet or one meter long. This might be fine when plugging it in on your nightstand at home or on your desk at work. But when you’re in your car, all of that excess cable length gets tangled up, or hangs down by your feet and just looks bad. This is where short USB cables come in.

This is what your center console could look like with a short USB cable!

Every car is different regarding availability of USB ports and phone placement locations. Some cars have a small storage area right next to the USB ports. Others place USB ports in odd locations, and may or may not have a nearby convenient location to place your phone. The great thing about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps is that once you plug your phone into the vehicle, you don’t really need to see or interact with your phone anymore.

Car Phone Cables will help you, with an assortment of short USB cables to fit your needs. Car Phone Cables offers USB cables in a variety of lengths, from as tiny as 4 inches to 24 inches or more, one of which will be just right for your vehicle. (By the way, these work really great in your backpack, purse or hotel room too!) You will find almost any length cable to meet your needs, as well as the right combination of USB connectors. If you have an older Android phone with USB micro connectors, we have you covered. If you have an iPhone, we’ve got your cable whether you use the newer, more capable Lightning to USB-C, or the original Lightning to USB-A. If you have a more recent Android phone, we offer both USB-C to USB-C cables, and USB-C to USB-A cables. All cables have been evaluated for their ability to be used with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. When shopping elsewhere, be sure that the USB cable is not described as a charging cable. Those USB cables will transfer power, but not data. You want to find a cable that offers data transfer, or syncing capabilities, in addition to handling your power needs.

If you are confused about why some USB cables work properly, and some don’t, you can read more about USB connectors and standards here.