Yesimla USB Adapter & Cable Kit Review
The Yesimla USB Adapter & Cable Kit won’t replace your daily driver charging cable, but snappy adapters and a small size make it a capable travel companion.
- Fits into your palm or jacket pocket with ease
- Can use adapters on either end of the cable
- Included SIM tool helpful on the go
- Case feels as if it may crack
- Extraordinarily short cable can be hard to utilize
- Three SIM slots feel like wasted space in modern era
1.7 oz (48.2 g)
3.2 in x 0.4 in (8.1 x 1 cm)
Like most other technological fields, charging cables are getting shorter and lighter. The case on the Yesimla USB Adapter Kit Cable Card isn’t the smallest we’ve run into; however, the cable is one of the shortest we’ve come across. We’re curious if it’ll hold up well or if we’ll wish we brought a 6-foot cord. Let’s dive in!
The round case is made of hard plastic. It feels relatively durable, but we worry that, over time, it might crack. This wouldn’t make it unusable, but it would be unsightly and annoying to hold.
There are a few colorways to work with at the time of writing. We’ve got the Black model, which is sleek and unassuming. There’s also Midnight Blue, which we dig. This product flies under a few different brand names, so if you go outside the Yesimla line, you might be able to snag it in another color.
The case closes using magnets, which makes it snappy to pop open and shut again. It’s fun to play with, which can be distracting at times. If you’ve got small hands, you might struggle to open it up because there’s only one small lip to put your finger on to open it. The entire case is magnetic so that you can stick it onto a refrigerator or other metal object.
Inside is where the magic is. Ah, look at all that little gear!
The main event is the USB-C to USB-C cable. Most of the action runs through this piece of gear, so don’t forget this piece of the puzzle. In addition to this, there are three adapters to work with. We’ve got a USB-C to Micro USB, USB-C to Lightning, and USB-C to USB-A. These are the most commonly needed ones, so this little kit can cover all your bases.
The adapters snap on quietly and don’t come off without some effort. They aren’t hard to get off, but they don’t disconnect when you don’t want them to, which we think is a happy medium.
In addition to the cable and adapters, there are a few other players at this party. There are slots for a Micro SIM and two Nano SIM cards to the right of everything we just reviewed. The cards slide in, so you don’t have to worry about pressing down on them too hard and breaking them or getting loose in transit. This is ideal for traveling if you still use different SIM cards for each country you visit and haven’t adopted eSIMs yet. Or, you can stow a Micro SD card in the Micro SIM slot if you use one for your phone, GoPro, or Nintendo Switch.
On the other side of the kit, there’s a SIM remover tool, which makes popping the card in and out of your phone a breeze. Being without this tool when you need it is a bummer, so we welcome its inclusion here.
Two small tabs fold out on the back of the case to form a small phone stand. It’s not the most intuitive, and you can’t adjust the angle, but it works in a pinch. You can also use these to prop up the cable kit on the desk or table you’re working on, which gives you quick access to the cables and adapters but isn’t super necessary.
The case fits into the palm of your hand, albeit a bit awkwardly. It fits similarly into smaller pockets, especially on tight-fitting clothing. It’ll work fine in a travel jacket, and we’ve had no issues finding a place for it inside a travel backpack or daypack.
It’s fun to hold onto—especially when wandering through a new place. It acts as a sort of fidget, but because of the size and shape, you feel like you’ve got the secret files and you’re on a classified mission to find the best gelato in the city, but you won’t be able to locate it without your special little disc.
As far as the cable itself goes, its size hinders use. If the plug is in an odd place at your hotel, hostel, or the coffee shop you’re working at, you might be unable to charge your phone with this cable. Or, if you’re trying to transfer data from a device to your laptop and you use a stand for your computer, that can be awkward, too.
Because of those size issues, this isn’t the cable to replace your daily driver. However, it works wonderfully for quick data transfers and sliding into your sling on a half-day walk around the city. You won’t find us replacing our main cable with it anytime soon, though!
A tool with similar capabilities is the Lever Gear CableKit.
If you only look at images of these two kits, you might wonder how they’re similar. The CableKit looks like a flash drive, and the Yesimla looks like one of those CD cases you took to and from school with your project loaded onto it back in the day. Seriously, what gives? How are these similar?
Well, once you’re past the surface, they have (most of) the same capabilities. Each has a cable with adapters, a place to stow SIM cards, and a SIM removal tool. The CableKit comes with a Lightning or a micro-USB adapter, but not both.
Somehow, the Yesimla’s tiny cable is longer than the CableKit’s. However, the latter feels more durable. Because of their individual design choices, the CableKit is easier to stow, hold onto, and lose track of if you’re a little clumsy.
The Yesimla has more adaptor options because you can work with either end. The CableKit has a constant USB-A on one end, so you can’t make any changes there. This isn’t as intuitive but is likely fine for a casual user.
The SIM storage is better on the Yesimla. On the CableKit, the cards are only secure when the cable is in place. On the Yesimla, the cards are safe because you can close the case at any time, even if the cable isn’t there.
Overall, both kits are helpful, and your preference will likely come down to size. If you want something that makes more sense size-wise, go with the CableKit. If you want more options, the Yesimla is suitable for you. Or, go with both, and return the one you don’t like! At the time of writing, you can pick them both up on Amazon for less than $30 combined.
- The kit can charge USB-A, Micro-USB, and USB-C devices
- Shape can feel awkward in your pocket but fits well in a sling
- We’re curious about how well the shell holds up
- Hard plastic case feels as if it may break easily, but it hasn’t yet
- No issues with the closure—the magnets are still snappy
- Folks with larger hands may struggle to use the tiny gear