Amazon Basics PlayStation 4 Controller Charging Cable, micro USB to USB type-A connectors, 6-Foot, Blue
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Long thin cable = More resistance (higher AWG number) will perform worse as more resistance and power loss over the length of the cable, the power is lost in the form of heat caused by the resistance in the cable, resulting in less power reaching the controller’s battery. In the industry cables are generally measured in AWG (American wire gauge) with a higher AWG translating to decreasing strands of conductive metal in the cable, and a lower AWG translating to an increased number of metal strands and larger cable diameter.
Unless you are using a portable TV in a small room, then you will probably find that being 1.5 meters away from the TV is simply not far enough away to be comfortable. Find the best quality PlayStation 4 controller charging cable that is truly made for the needs of a PS4 gamer.Common sense can tell you that a micro USB cable used with a game controller will generally suffer more wear, tear and abuse than a micro usb phone charger. Reinforcing the cable at weak spots such as the connector that goes into the controller, and using the best quality Micro USB connector available, all help to improve the durability of a cable. A good all round cable in terms or length, durability and charging performance. Designed specifically for PS4 gaming the cable is probably the most durable PS4 charger on the market right now thanks to some common sense design work. The 3m length is suitable for most situations and will allow you to sit on the sofa, something that you might struggle with if using the original 1.5m cable. The difference in charging performance between the shorter original cable and this longer version is negligible, the average PS4 owner will not notice any real difference in the time it takes to get a full charge, and you can play whilst charging anyway.
The bottom line is that a shorter cable will usually charge faster than a longer one due to the laws of electricity and resistance, but if you go for a decent quality longer cable the charging speed difference should be very minimal. Sensible design decisions can go further to consider who will use the cable and how will it be used, and this part is particularly relevant when it comes to a gaming cable and PS4 gaming. Making a good quality cable mostly comes down to common sense design and good material choices, but many manufacturers simply offer a generic cable solution which often does not cut it when it comes to gaming.
Generally speaking if you take the same short cable and make it longer without changing any of the specifications then the charging performance will reduce. The battery will take longer to charge, and in some cases it barely charge at all if the cable is longer, unless the manufacturer compensates for this. By increasing the diameter of the cable and the amount of conductive metal strands inside the cable the charge performance can be largely remain unaffected, but many cables on the market are made cheaply with as few materials as possible, resulting in a poor charging performance. Sony decided to opt for USB Micro-B for its latest PlayStation console the PS4, moving away from the older USB Mini-B connector standard that was used on the PS3.