ChargeGuardZ Cord Protector REVIEW
How many cables have the fraying gods claimed over the years? I can’t tell you how many I lost due to overuse or too much bending. Years ago, before there were accessories to help with this sort of thing, I had several damaged cables that couldn’t be repaired and were actually dangerous to do, but back then, there weren’t any third party options for Apple charging cables. You had the cables that came with your device or you had to purchase a new one directly from Apple. Today there are some other options out there to replace cables, but why not just keep your original cable? With ChargeGuardZ you can do just that.
ChargeGuardZ is a simple silicone accessory that provides you with a way to keep your original Apple cables (and some Android ones) from getting frayed. The idea of the cord protector came to the product designer when they became tired of replacing their children’s phone cables. After all, those costs really add up quickly. So, this product built from necessity is now available in six different colors (purple, black, red, green, blue, and fuschia) for around $10. The ChargeGuardZ is designed to work with popular electronic devices like iPhone, Android phones, iPads, Android Tablets, and handheld gaming devices. ChargeGuardZ can be used to store cords when they aren’t in use and it helps to prevent tangling, too.
The ChargeGuardZ is simply packaged with only a cardboard backing. The design of the packaging isn’t extremely detailed, but a nice diagram of how to properly use the cord protector with your cable is included on the back. The “Made in the U.S.A.” emblem is also included on the back. The ChargeGuardZ is attached to the cardboard backing with a cable tie so you will need a knife or scissors to cut it free before using it.
I’m not the typical audience for this product. I use a lot of third-party cables that are either tangle-free or nylon wrapped to be stronger than a standard Apple charging cable. That said, I did pull out a typical Apple Lightning cable for the purposes of checking out this cord protector. You are instructed by the diagram (and website) to maneuver the cable through one of the side panels and then up through the center. The end of the cable should only stick out about halfway according to their instructions. Using the Apple cable, I was able to easily push the cable through the side and then up through the center. I did find that the end of the cable was a tight squeeze through that center hole. It stays in place pretty well but does cause a bubble of sorts on the ChargeGuardZ. It can also be difficult to remove the cable from the ChargeGuardZ.
There are actually three cable holes on the top of the ChargeGuardZ. The center hole is for the cable and the other two side holes — I assume — are for the speakers on the bottom of your phone. You are supposed to pull the ChargeGuardZ up to your phone when you are charging with it so that the cable is held tight. With that in mind, the speakers would be covered. The cutouts allow for any sound to move through the ChargeGuardZ so that you can still use your phone as normal.
While I really like the concept of this product, I don’t really have a good use for it at this time. I think the design is a little awkward and bulky. It does work but is a lot to carry around with you. I think the price of the ChargeGuardZ is comparable with other cord protectors in the market and that the material used to make it will last for a long time. The ChargeGuardZ serves a purpose but just isn’t for me.
Originally published at macsources.com on May 24, 2018.