2013 Product of the Year Entrant
L-com Inc. Armored USB Cables
MSRP: $15.23 - $44.75
While USB connectivity is amazingly ubiquitous in consumer electronics, cabling for niche applications is still hard to come by. Knowing this, L-com introduced its armored USB cables in August to join its growing line of hard-to-find USB products. These cables, which come in either USB Type A male to Type B male, and Type A male to Type A male, are designed to withstand crushing forces up to 1500 pounds per square inch (PSI) using a stainless steel “armor” around the length of the cable. Initially, applications for this kind of product are more in the industrial, military, and aerospace market, but L-com decided to manufacture and stock these cables in seven different lengths in order to serve installers and integrators for connecting devices like digital storage. Applications for this kind of product include wiring in high-traffic areas where the cable may be stepped on or run over such as a busy trade fair, wiring of movable equipment that may crush the cable up against a solid object like a wall, and temporary wiring in hazardous environments like an active construction scene. Along with the armored feature, these cables use 30 micro-inch gold plated contacts and thicker, 20 AWG power conductors, meaning these cables will outlast and outperform cheaper alternatives, saving busy installers from having to buy and frequently replace USB cables that get ruined in these kinds of applications. In a world where USB is becoming the choice connectivity method of nearly any consumer electronics, L-com’s off-the-shelf availability of specialty cables like these is a great help to electronics installers.
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Though there may be other sources for these kinds of cables, L-com is the only US manufacturer that stocks so many different lengths available for same day shipment with no minimum order quantity. Even without the armor, these cables are among the highest quality commercially available and will provide a long life, far longer than what would be required to justify the cost, which is still lower then some of the highest end manufacturers. These cables are designed to be more than functional, and at the same time eminently available to users of all scales.
Besides its excellent connectivity of USB storage devices, the biggest benefit of these cables is their durability. They will far outlast cheaper cables in environments were impact is a factor, saving time and money on replacing the cables over time.
Founded in 1982, L-com Global Connectivity (L-com.com) is a privately held corporation in Massachusetts, USA, dedicated to the design and production of a wide range of interconnect products for the electronics and data communication industries. L-com places primary product emphasis on copper and fiber cable assemblies, wireless antennas and amplifiers and accessories for modular, coaxial and computer networking applications. L-com endeavors to serve the industry by offering solutions to interconnect problems, in terms of both physical products marketed domestically and internationally and helpful information freely distributed in its catalog and web site.
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L-com Inc. Products
Armored USB Cables
L-com’s new USB 2.0 cables with metal armor boast a crush resistance of 1500 PSI. They far outlast cheaper cables, saving time and money replacing connectivity to storage devices.
Armored HDMI Cables
L-com’s armored HDMI cables have a crush-resistance of up to 1500 PSI. They provide assurance that video signals will be uninterrupted even in the case of impact.