I think one difference is that my old Kindle cord is shielded like coaxial cable. I don't see that it matters much just for a charger - these seem to be just a plain wire. All of which is fine for me because it's just for the battery, in our case. Good snap, fast charging. Had them 7-10 days or so and they work just fine. For 1/10 of the price of some others, they work REAL fine.
As long as Monoprice continues manufacturing such a nice cable at such a reasonable price, I will be back for more and more. The finished ends of the cables are what impressed me the most. The quality and price are excellent.
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April 9, 2017
Great cable, bought quite a few in different colours.
Many of my OEM micro USB cables have gone bad over the years. I got some cheap cables from overseas to replace them. They looked like Samsung cables, but no where near the quality. They lasted only a day. I wanted to find better quality cables, but still with a low price. The premium monoprice cables are what I was looking for. The best price out there for great quality. I've been using them for about a month, with no sign of wear. They all still have a nice click when they are plugged into a device. They seem better quality that most of the OEM cables I had, in fact. These are the cables you want.
PROS: Price, quality
CONS: They didn't have a 4.5 foot option, which I believe the Samsung cables are. 3 feet feels a little short, and 6 feet can be too much.
I have bought a number of these premium cables from MP over the last couple of years. This last couple of batches of white ones were a total letdown. ALL of them - every single one - of my white ones had the outer case of the micro usb plug separate from the rear, where it meets the actual cable, and this means when you try to plug it in the plug doesn't make a complete connection. The pressure from plugging it in forces the assembly a bit out the back, which is what causes this. Terribly disappointed in the breadth of the failure on these white cables.
PROS: Good plug connection to start Good power transmission