Jointly launched by Apple and Intel, the Thunderbolt 3 is an new I/O technology that connects devices to your computer via a mini display port with speeds of up to 40 Gbps. Due to the USB-C port (also known as a Type-C port) gaining more and more popularity, Apple integrated the USB-C port for the their Thunderbolt 3 interface. Apple’s new Thunderbolt 3 data cable is now available to consumers. The Thunderbolt 3 is a 0.8m (~ 2.6 f ft)  cable that is currently priced at approximately $36 USD in China.

The Appearance

This simple white Thunderbolt 3USB-Cresembles Apple’s signature minimalist design. It’s simple and elegant design is what makes it stand out from the crowd.

“Thunderbolt 3USB-C0.8m” is printed in multiple languages on the package. Languages include English, French, Spanish, Japanese, as well as two other languages. An illustration of an iPad and MacBook is captured on the package with a price tag of HK$288!  

The label MQ4H2FE/A is a trademark code of Apple. The product itself is said to be designed in California and made in China.

 

Relevant information is printed on the other side in Chinese.

Apple Thunderbolt 3, the latest USB-C solution of Apple.

The heads of the USB-C are placed on a piece of cardboard. 

The cable is also carefully placed.

Even though it is only a cable, Apple still includes a detailed description.

Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China” along with the serial number are printed on the white cable.

White cable, 80cm, USB-C.

With a diameter of 4.4mm, the cable is rather thick.

The Testing

When using the Thunderbolt 3 to read the PD information of Apple’s 87W power adapter, it was abled to reach 20v and a PDO of 4.3A.

When using other cable to read the PD information of Apple’s 87W power adapter, we found that the maximum current was only 3A, limited by the E-mark.

When using the Thunderbolt 3 to read read the PD information of NetEase’s 65W power adapter, the maximum current was 20V, 3.25A PDA.

When using other cable to read the PD information of NetEase’s 65W power adapter, the maximum current was only 3A, limited by the E-mark.

According to the E-Mark information of the Thunderbolt 3, it states that it supports 20V 5A, USB3.1 Gen2.

The E-Mark information of the other cable was Microsoft’s. The Microsoft cable supports 20V 5A, USB3.1 Gen2 as well. 

With the use of the Thunderbolt 3 and the Apple’s 87W to charge Quanhan’s 20000 PD mobile power bank, it reached 20V with a currency of 3.364A; a total power of 68W.

Along with the logo of the Thunderbolt, it showcases Apple’s meticulous workmanship.

Comprises of comprehensive touch points, a full set of 24 pins.

The materials used for this cable is similar to the iPhone, using environmentally friendly material that can naturally decompose.

SN code begins with DTN.

Each line is printed with words.

Under a macro viewer, laser engraving can be seen.

A Even Closer look

The outer layer is a soft leather-like material.

The second layer is made of a aluminium foil protecting the wires underneath.

With a closer look, you can see two red, blue, gold, yellow, four thin wires, and a thick black wire.

From this angle, you can see there is a shield within the light blue wire.

There are many complex wires.

Dissemble the cover of the USB-C.