I very much prefer the braided cords to the vinyl coated cords as they tend to tangle far less. As far as utility goes, this charges quickly and as expected. Over time, it will eventually become loose in the connection area like every other cord. However, I buy Anker because if this occurs within 18 months of purchase, they will replace. You will need to call their customer service number, send a photo of the defective/ worn area along with proof of purchase date ( easy using Amazon’s past orders summary for your account.) Replacement arrives quickly and w/o hassle.