I once tried to purposely destroy an Anker MicroUSB cable (bought a 5 pack that had three 3ft, one 6ft, one 1ft, didn't need the 1ft), by grabbing the head of it with clamping pliers and yanking the fuck out of it with the cable wrapped around my hand, and bending it to near 180 degrees repeatedly for about 5 minutes.
I could not kill it without straight up taking wire cutters to it, which I decided not to do.
The cable still works perfectly, and sits in my junk drawer for when I need to plug something into the front of my case and leave the thing sitting on top of the computer.
Literally any other brand? Most I would have been able to rip the head off the cable after the first few yanks, the few that survived that would have broken the wire pairs inside either from that or from the repeated 180 degree bend.
Remember those original Monoprice USB cables we all bought and loved back in the day? Those didn't survive that abuse, and Monoprice cables have only gotten worse then. And the AmazonBasics USB cables (that I recommend for non-MicroUSB cables (only because Anker doesn't make them, only MicroUSB, Type C, and Lightning))? Don't survive that level of abuse either.
Anker also has the best damned USB chargers for walls and cars I've ever seen (heaviest USB chargers I've ever had, no coil whine, doesn't EZ-Bake itself, shuts off completely when nothing is plugged in), they're just perfectly glorious.
I say this because I had one of their USB power ports that my children use to charge their iPads (2x 4th gen) that overheated and burnt up. I completed the contact form on their website and used keywords like "fire" but it took my tweet to get their attention. Even after that, their response was fairly slow. After many weeks and me even shipping the defective product back, they only offered to refund me the cost of the unit, send a replacement power port, Anker brand lightning cables (to replace Apple genuine ones - and those broke), and send me an older generation battery pack. In the end, I did not pursue the replacements because I no longer had faith in their products or brand.
After all of this, I will no longer be purchasing or recommending Anker products.
Although it may not be possible to control an entire production chain, it is entirely possible to control the customer service department or at least the refund policy.
Even though Anker may not provide perfect products + service every time, they may be a good place to start looking for an accessory.
Luckily both kids were not injured and were able to unplug the unit before it caused any major damage. Because there were no bodily damage, I didn't push the issue as hard as I could have.
The durability of an Anker won't help if they haven't designed it properly.
I use my phone heavily (Ingress mostly) and it's not uncommon to go through 3 or 4 full charge cycles a day or to just keep my phone plugged in all day.
Before I started buying Anker's cables, I would burn through a cable every two weeks or so. First monoproce, although I quickly dropped those. Then several other brands. Another point in Anker's favor is that the profile of the USB-C plug on their cables is much smaller than most other brands. This is important when you have a hefty case on your phone.
Anker's external battery packs are awesome too, as are their wall and car chargers. Most if not all of their products put out 2 Amps which is the charging limit of most devices (certain tables accept up to 3) as opposed to many other wall chargers that put out .5-1 Amps.
One exception to this are the cables which came with both my Motorola Moto Gs phone. They charge very fast and I use one of them for over 1.5 years and it does not show any wear. I really wish I knew where to buy more of those specific Motorola cables.
This is one reason why I don't mind if the cables aren't that difficult to break. I'd rather the cable break than my devices.
Here's the full set of products: http://www.ianker.com/Solar-Chargers/category-c53-s1
There are Amazon links on each individual product page.
I've opened one failed cable's connectors and it looked like a design problem: The micro USB connector's metal jacket is really short and not properly anchored inside the connector (it is attached to 2 plastic hooks inside). Once it's bent too much, those hooks loosen and the two steel springs lose their tension and retract.
The extra friction will almost always hold the connector in the port reliably.
This is what I went with, but it didn't seem to support data transfer.
Anker Type C to USB 3.0 Type A: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0119EIHTG/
Both are currently out of stock, which might be why you didn't find them. I was told by someone I know that asked Anker that they should be back in stock before the end of November.
Just have a rule that changes www.amazon.com to smile.amazon.com and it works for me.
Unless you bought it through Amazon using the links off Anker's website, it's probably a fake.
Though, if it's any consolation to Anker, scammers only counterfeit the best.
They counterfeit anything they can make money from, but "the best" is generally a go-to market for sure.
Great quality for silly price.
Since the device is likely more expensive than the cable, this might not be desireable.
Aukey is similar, I recommend them also based on the two chargers from them I own. I don't have any cables though so YMMV.
As for your cable, I'd rather have the connector on my cheap USB cable pop off than drag my computer to the floor if I happen to snag it somehow. But to each their own, I'm glad you found a USB cable you like.
Random youtube demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLZeFiJA5LM
I bought a bunch of their external battery packs (aprox 15 of them) and none of those have failed)