A couple of weeks ago I posted a Cool Stuff Found article for Color Cables, an Indiegogo campaign for photofluorescent (i.e. glow-in-the-dark) Lightning, 30-pin Dock, and Micro USB charging cables. The company sent me a couple of their prototypes, and I thought I'd post a Quick Look review while the campaign was still active.
Let's look at the cable:
Color Cables, 6-Feet Long Version
The first thing that stands out for me with Color Cables is their size. They're wide and flat, and as such they're substantial. Apple's cables are well-made, but they feel dainty, and I personally have a cat that can chew through them faster than you can say, "Tcsh! What are you doing?!?"
Good luck chewing through the Color Cables, cat. But I digress.
In addition to the size of the cable, I also appreciate the easy-to-grip end on the 30-pin Dock connector. The company designed it with a depression, which you can see below, that not only makes it easy to hold, it makes it easy to identify which end goes up, even in the dark.
And of course, there's the glow-in-the-dark feature that is the main selling point of Color Cables. These aren't lighted cables; they glow in the dark. You'll need to dose them with good blast—a couple of hours—of either direct sunlight or a lamp. When you do that, these things glow, all on their own.
It's impossible to photograph this feature properly. The images above are a poor depiction of how brightly these cables glow, but it gives you an idea of what they look like.
For one thing, they're much brighter than these photo show, and it's perfect for finding in the middle of the night after you've played that one last level of Angry Birds or read your iBook. In fact, they hit the Goldilocks zone—it's not so bright that it will keep you awake, but you can easily see it in the dark.
If you're an iPad (or iPhone) yourself to sleep person like me, that's just right.
One last thing, Color Cables are a lot less expensive than Apple's cables, and the Indiegogo campaign will help the company bring them to market.