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Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

USB Type-C is clearly the future, but getting to the future isn’t always painless, and USB-C has a lot of problems. Here are a few things every new USB-C user needs to know.

Most new Android phones use USB-C, Apple’s laptops use this port exclusively, and it’s increasingly common to see at least one such port on new PCs. But not every USB-C port is the same, and not every USB-C cable you can buy works the same way.

If you have a USB-C port for the first time, here are a few things to look out for.

The Wrong Cable Could Fry Your Devices

This is the most pressing thing new USB-C users need to learn about. In previous generations of USB, a cable was pretty much a cable. Sure, if you plugged a USB 1 cable into a USB 2 port, it might not work—or at least, work well—but that was the extent of it. People mostly didn’t need to think about which cables to buy.

That’s not the case with USB-C, and ignoring this could cost you dearly.

The problem is specific to cables with the older USB-A connector on one end and the new USB-C connector on another. (USB-A, if you didn’t know, is the traditional USB plug we’ve all been using for years.) But, USB-C devices (and cables) support faster charging than USB-A. So, for example, if you plug a USB-A device (like a cell phone) into a USB-C port using one of these cables, the phone may draw too much power, frying your phone, USB-C port, or even computer.

Now, to be fair, properly-made cables can have resistors inline to prevent this from happening. The trouble is, it can be really hard figuring out which cables are good and which are not, unless you’re buying from a reliable vendor that provides good technical specifications.

My colleague Chris outlined how to buy a USB-C cable that won’t damage your devices, so I won’t re-hash that too much here. But it’s important to keep in mind that not all USB-C cables are created equally, and it’s up to you as a consumer to make sure what you’re buying is compatible with your device. Assuming a cable is fine because it fits is not good enough anymore—check out resources like USBcCompliant.com to ensure your cable won’t cause any problems.

Not All USB-C Ports Are The Same

With USB-A, things were relatively simple: basically anything you could plug in would work. That’s not quite how USB-C is: adapters and cables may or may not work, depending on what features your device offers. And most of the cables on the market support USB 2.0 rather than USB 3.0 or 3.1.

Editor’s Note: we can’t overstate that last bit enough—most of the USB-C cables on the market are USB 2.0 rather than 3.1 because they are only designed for charging. If you need to use them for anything else, like connecting devices or transferring data, they will either not work, or will be extremely slow. Make sure you’re buying the right cable. We recommend Amazon Basics cables.

The complexity here is introduced by alternative modes, which use the USB-C form factor to offer additional features. Thunderbolt 3, for example, is a collaboration between Intel and Apple that offers transfer speeds of 40 gbps—four times faster than the USB 3.1 standard—and support for two 4K displays connected to a single port. But only devices built to be compatible with Thunderbolt 3 can get those speeds, and even then only if you have a Thunderbolt 3 compatible cable.

Are you confused yet?

There are a few other alternative modes: HDMI and MHL, for example, both allow certain kinds of displays to be connected. There’s also DisplayPort, which is bundled with ThunderBolt 3 but also offered independently on some devices. Your laptop has DisplayPort if there’s a D-Shaped icon next to your USB-C port, but it also might have it and not have that icon.

If you plan on connecting external displays to your laptop, you need to know which alternate mode your device supports and buy a display, or an adapter, that supports that mode.

There’s a lot of stuff a USB-C port might offer in addition to USB itself, and figuring out which devices and adapters work is entirely up to you. You could argue that this is a good thing, because it makes the USB-C port flexible. For most users, however, this is just confusing: cables and devices that fit into the plug may or may not work. And figuring out what things will work means spending some time plugging terms like “MHL” and “Thunderbolt 3” into Google.

That’s my idea of a good time, but possibly not yours.

Dongle Hell Is Real

Switching to a device with only USB-C ports is a bit of a hassle. I know, because I’m a MacBook Pro user.

Here’s the problem. Most people have collected USB cables over the years for things like phones, hard drives, e-readers, printers, and so on. Switching to USB-C means those cables no longer plug directly into your laptop.

You’ve got two options. The first is to replace all of your cables with USB-C ones. This is tidy, but means potentially replacing a large number of cables. The second option is to purchase a couple of simple adapters, like these, and just use your old cables. This means keeping track of a couple of dongles, but it gets the job done quickly.

Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

But that’s just USB. There are more potential dongles for things like Ethernet and displays. And outlined above, not every USB-C port supports the same display protocols, so you’ve got to purchase one that works with your device. It means that purchasing a compatible dongle can be a pain, and buying into all of these things can get expensive quickly. And if you carry your laptop around and connect it to different types of displays or projectors? More dongles.

But there is a bright spot in the USB-C world: USB-C docking stations. These things are great if you sometimes connect your laptop to multiple devices to use like a desktop—displays, mouse, keyboard, and so on. That one USB-C port can offer all sorts of connectivity, meaning that you can dock your laptop by plugging in one cable. My colleague Micheal outlined a few of the best ones over at ReviewGeek, and I recommend you check that out if you want to use one port on your laptop for basically everything at your desk.

Your Best Bet is AmazonBasics Cables

Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

We’ve scared you enough at this point that you are probably going to be concerned about plugging in random USB-C cables into your devices, and that’s a good thing. But we shouldn’t leave you without a solution, and we won’t.

Your best bet for almost any cable, including USB-C cables, is to buy AmazonBasics cables—they aren’t just really affordable, but they are consistent, and most important, the listings on Amazon are clearly labeled with the speed. You can see in the screenshot above that the cable itself is labeled “SS” for SuperSpeed, and the listing clearly says what connectors are on each end, and says “3.1” for USB 3.1 speeds.

The listings for cables for most random manufacturers will usually bury the information and use meaningless buzzwords, and you never know what quality you’re going to get. So based on our experience, we recommend Amazon Basics.

USB Type-C is the new standard for wired connectivity. It is an accessory that will charge your laptop, power bank and phones. It provides fast data transfer and can even send 4K videos to your monitors. Now, if you check the inventory at most of these popular retailers, you’ll see loads of USB cables and adapters that are featuring the reversible connector, but the thing is, unfortunately, most of them do not work well. In fact, there are a few cables that will go from USB Type-C to USB Type-A, and they’ll fail so badly that they might permanently damage your hardware.

The USB Type C is meant to replace the earlier versions of USB, Type A and Type B. It is designed to be small enough so it doesn’t need any micro or mini variants. It was built with the intention of replacing all USB types on both the host devices and the client devices.

It’s main feature is the fact that it’s reversible. This means you no longer need to worry about turning your cable the right way, -or even the plug the right way round. Just like Apple’s Lightning connection, the USB Type C is meant to work in whichever direction you set it, no need for positioning.

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT AND SAFEST USB TYPE-C CABLES

They are a lot of vendors offering “original” USB Type-C cables. But you as an average customer, how can you detect the right cable for your phone or laptop before you make the mistake of purchasing one that will damage your hardware? Well, here’s how;

LOOK AT THE PLUG

If you areВ buying a USB Type-C cable, the first thing you need to do is look at the plug. According to Tim North, who happens to be a senior product manager at Monoprice, a Type C plug is produced using a deep-draw extrusion method. This method allows the cable not to have a visible seam on the side. North went on to explain that a folded and stamped connector is usually made of zinc tin alloy, and this can be broken easily, and may also not support the requirements for the cables power. Therefore, when buying a USB Type-C cable, you need to make sure your cable has the following features;

  • The wire must be made of copper material
  • The wire should be in the AWG thick wire core group
  • It should have aluminum foil shield
  • USB pin must be gold plated and not metal plated.

CERTIFIED BY THE USB-IF

Just looking at the cable won’t tell you if it is equipped with the right type of resistor or if it has been tested to comply with the standards of the USB Type C, but if you purchase one that is certified by the USB-IF, then there’s a better chance that your USB cable will be good.

BUY FROM REPUTABLE BRANDS

Buying from a reputable brand is probably the best way to get the right USB Type C cable. This way, you’ll be certain that the right type of wires are used inside, the construction of the connectors will be the right one, and the right resistance will be used. These three factors are what makes a good USB Type C cable; the cheap ones you see in different stores might not come with all three, which will in turn put your devices at risk.

serpico77

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  • Oct 8, 2020
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  • My daughter has lost the power supply that it came with, I have tried USB-C lead and my iPad Pro power pack but doesn’t charge. Its not a new thing as she lost it before but finally found it and it charges no problems with that power lead but whatever USB-C lead I use or plug I have no joy, any reason for this?

    cmdrmarc

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    • Oct 8, 2020
  • #2
  • My daughter has lost the power supply that it came with, I have tried USB-C lead and my iPad Pro power pack but doesn’t charge. Its not a new thing as she lost it before but finally found it and it charges no problems with that power lead but whatever USB-C lead I use or plug I have no joy, any reason for this?

    hippo99

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    • Oct 8, 2020
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  • serpico77

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    • Oct 9, 2020
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  • Im sure it will turn up but im happy to buy this for now.

    hippo99

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    • Oct 9, 2020
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  • Im sure it will turn up but im happy to buy this for now.

    Personally I’d go for a Amazon basics one.
    The linked one is cheap & has no reviews – I wouldn’t really want to risk using it & potentially bricking my Switch.

    USB-A to USB-C cables need to have a fuse in the cable to prevent too much power being drawn & burning out your USB ports. Cheap cables often omit the fuse to save costs & just hope for the best.
    Google ‘Benson Leung USB-C’ for more info.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won’t Damage Your Devices

    Amazon Basics USB-A to USB-C ones are fine though.

    Alternatively get a USB-C to USB-C cable, which don’t suffer from the problem. I’ve got an Amazon Basics one which works fine on my Switch with my power bank.

    Over the past year, stories have risen about one of the biggest tech advancements in the smallest of devices: the USB-C plug. Companies like Dell, Raze, HP have utilized the plug to power ultrabooks, and some, like Apple, have already fully invested in the new technology. USB-C, for those unaware, is a port that is becoming the first universal standard to connect both cell phones and computers with the support of 10 Gbps and up to 100 watts of power.

    USB-C is backward compatible with older standards via the use of adapters. so while we go through an awkward ‘tween period before all devices support the new standard, there will be some growing pains; perhaps chief among which is quality control that could end up destroying your devices.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    [REWIND: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USB-C & THUNDERBOLT 3]

    Say you go to Amazon and buy any pack of cheap USB-C cables, you could end up with a wire that can destroy your new Macbook Pro. This is what happen to Benson Leung, a Google Engineer who’s Chromebook Pixel was destroyed,

    “On my Pixel, both USB Type-C ports stopped responding immediately. Neither would charge or act as a host when I plugged in a USB device such as an Ethernet adapter. Upon rebooting my Pixel, the system came up in recovery mode because it could not verify the Embedded Controller on the system.” – Leung writes in his Amazon review.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    With Great Power…

    The problem arises when you connect a USB Type-C enabled device such as a phone to a USB Type-A port on your laptop or hub. The USB Type-C phone may draw 3 Amps of power, while the laptop’s USB port puts out less than 2 Amps. A poor-quality wire fools the phone into thinking that it’s connected to a 3-Amp capable power source, and when the phone tries to draw 3 Amps it can cause permanent damage to the laptop.

    The main reason why there hasn’t been much press about it yet is that few USB Type-C devices are out there in the market, but this will soon change. Many cables, especially cheap ones, are not designed properly and will have this problem. Even some smartphone manufacturers have shipped with bad cables.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    How to Find Safe USB Type-C Cables

    Not all USB Type-C accessories are created equal, as Leung has discovered; he has been working on several products from the Pixel line and knows specification requirements of USB-C. His team has been testing some third-party Type-C cables and adapters, they have noticed that a few of these are potentially dangerous to your devices.

    Leung has an ever expanding Amazon review list and spreadsheet, and looking at the USB plug itself is a good way to tell if the cable will have a problem. How? A good cable will use a single piece of metal instead of having a seam like we are used to seeing in micro- and mini-USBs.

    Setting a Standard

    If the cable is not on the Leung’s spreadsheet, consumers won’t be able to tell by looking at it that it has been tested to comply with USB Type-C standards. Playing Russian roulette is not something you should be doing with your devices, and that is where a certification by the USB-IF comes in.

    CTO of the USB-IF, Rahman Ismail, explained that their program, while not a replacement for local, state, federal or international regulation requirements, is still quite comprehensive. “We prematurely age the cable, and simulate what happens to the cable after three years,” says Ismail.

    The USB-IF has some logos that manufacturers can use if accessories pass testing that consumers may not know about. The logos may be located on product packaging and are rarely (if ever) shown on popular online shopping sites. The logos are the equivalent of Apple’s “Made for iPhone,” where it can guarantee the safety for your devices, however, unlike Apple the USB-IF can’t force companies to submit cables for standards testing as it isn’t a regulatory agency.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    Thoughts

    With adoption forecasted to be wide-spread in the next few years, it may not be cell phones and ultrabooks that consumers have to worry about, but their cameras as well. There is a hand full of cameras that already charge via USB like the Sony A7 or the Fuji X100T, and with USB-C’s power delivery other manufacturers might adopt the standard in lieu of including a charger. Hopefully, these non-compliant cables will disappear from the market as more companies jump on the USB Type-C standard, but looking at all the unauthorized iDevice cables, it seems less than likely. Stay vigilant.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    USB Type-C bringer en ny universal stik til laptops og smartphones, og mange enheder er allerede begynder at bruge det. Men pas på: mange USB-C-kabler er ikke designet korrekt og kan muligvis beskadige din hardware.

    Før du køber USB Type-C-kabler til dine nye enheder, skal du undersøge, om kablet faktisk overholder USB- C specifikation. Flere mennesker er sikker på at løbe ind i dette problem, da flere USB Type C-enheder frigives.

    Hvorfor et dårligt USB-C-kabel kan beskadige din hardware

    RELATED: USB Type-C Forklaret: Hvad Det er og hvorfor du vil have det

    For at være klar, er problemet specifikt med kabler, der har en USB Type C-stik i den ene ende og en ældre USB-stik i den anden ende. For eksempel bruger de fleste enheder stadig USB Type A – den port, du tænker på, når du tænker “USB”. Så hvis du får en USB Type-C-enhed, kan du få et USB-C til A-kabel til at oplade det på din ældre bærbare computer eller ældre strømblokke.

    Her er problemet: USB Type-C-enheder kan understøtte hurtigere opladning, hvilket er fantastisk. Men de fleste USB Type-A-enheder blev aldrig designet til at give så meget strøm, som en USB Type-C-enhed kan tage.

    Lad os sige, at du har en computer med en ældre USB-port (Type A) og en ny smartphone med en USB Type-C-port. Du vil forbinde computeren til smartphone med et USB-Type-A-til-Type-C-kabel. Et korrekt designet kabel skal forhindre, at smarttelefonen trækker for meget strøm fra computerens ældre USB-port. Et dårligt kabel, som ikke er designet korrekt, vil gøre det muligt for smartphoneen at forsøge at tegne en større mængde strøm, som kan beskadige din computer eller dens USB-port. Det kan også beskadige en ladestik eller et USB-hub, det er ikke kun et problem ved opladning fra en computer.

    Problemet er især, at mange kabler ikke overholder USB-C-specifikationen og har en dårlig modstand værdi. Benson Leung, en Google-medarbejder, der har arbejdet på Chromebook Pixel og Pixel C-hardwareen, har en FAQ på Google+ med flere detaljer. “Type-A-porten og langt de fleste enheder, der har type A-porte, blev aldrig designet til at understøtte 3A-opladning,” skriver han. Det er kablets arbejde for at sikre, at enheden oplader fra den, forsøger ikke at trække for meget strøm. I et ukorrekt designet kabel “ligger kablet til telefonen ved at fortælle telefonen, at den er fastgjort til en ren 3A-ladesti, som C-to-C-kablet til opladeren OEM 3A, der leveres sammen med Nexus 6P / 5X. Telefonen vil forsøge at tegne 3A, men det kan beskadige den svagere enhed, som du har Type A-enden på kablet tilsluttet. “

    Selv Smartphone-producenter har afsendt dårlige kabler

    Dette er ikke kun et teoretisk problem . Den eneste grund til, at vi ikke har hørt meget om det endnu, er, fordi så få USB Type-C-enheder er ude der i naturen, men det vil ændre sig. Mange kabler – især billigere – er ikke designet korrekt og vil have dette problem.

    Men det er ikke bare billigere kabler. Selv opladningskablet Oppo, der leveres med sin OnePlus-smartphone, er en dårlig. Det medfører ikke noget problem ved opladning af Oppos egen OnePlus-telefon. Tilslut dog kablet til en anden telefon som Googles Nexus 5X eller 6P, og det kan beskadige dine enheder. Af en eller anden grund følger fabrikanter, der designer og fremstiller disse kabler, ofte ikke specifikationen korrekt.

    Sådan finder du et kabel, der ikke beskadiger dine enheder

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    Før du køber et kabel med en USB Type-C-stik på den ene ende og en ældre USB-stik på den anden side, bør du sikre, at den overholder USB-C-specifikationen og ikke beskadiger dine enheder.

    Leung har gennemgået kabler på Amazon, og du kan finde en lang liste over hans anmeldelser på hans Amazon profil. Før du køber et kabel, skal du kontrollere, om han har gennemgået det. Gå over kablet, hvis han gav det en dårlig anmeldelse og velkommen til at købe den, hvis han gav det en god anmeldelse. For nu er det nok bedst at undgå at købe kabler, der ikke er testet.

    Hvis du ikke ønsker at grave gennem sine Amazon anmeldelser, kan du også besøge webstedet USB-C Compliant. Denne hjemmeside viser kabler, der er blevet gennemgået og kendt for at være korrekt designet. Vælg et kompatibelt kabel fra deres liste, og du skal ikke bekymre dig.

    Forhåbentlig er dette bare et problem med tænder, og disse ikke-kompatible kabler vil forsvinde fra markedet, da flere mennesker får USB Type-C-enheder. De vil heller ikke være et problem, når alle de ældre enheder med USB Type-A-porte er væk, men det tager lang tid.

    Problemerne her viser, hvorfor Apples system kun tillader certificerede tredjeparts Lynkabler til funktion er ikke sådan en gal ide. Et mere åbent hardwareøkosystem er fantastisk, men producenterne skal gøre et bedre arbejde med at designe sikre kabler.

    Billedkredit: TechStage på Flickr, TechStage på Flickr

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    De fleste Mac-applikationer bruger operativsystemets stavekontrolfunktion og deler samme personlige ordbog. Så hvis du tilføjer et brugerdefineret ord til din ordbog i et program, vil andre Mac-apps ikke detektere det som en typografi i fremtiden. Men der er ingen indlysende måde at fjerne et ord fra ordbogen, hvis du tilfældigt tilføjer en.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    Udover ansigtsgenkendelse og nogle andre fine funktioner introduceret i iOS 10, lader din Photos app dig nu også søge efter bestemte objekter fra træer til dyr til ansigtsudtryk – i dine fotos. Sådan fungerer det. I IOS 10 scanner Photos-appen nu dine billeder bag kulisserne mod en database med søgbare objekter og mærk dine billeder i overensstemmelse hermed.

    USB-C is quickly becoming the standard for transferring data and charging. It is not uncommon to find newly released phones, laptops, and tablets with this feature. Soon, it will be adapted to most types of devices that currently use the larger USB connector.

    What is USB-C and Why You’ll Want it

    USB-C is currently shaping up to be a suitable replacement not only for older USB versions but also for other connectivity standards like DisplayPort and Thunderbolt. Developed and certified by the USB Implementers Forum, USB-C is now being tested as a USB audio standard, potentially taking over the 3.5 mm audio jack in the future. It is recognized for faster speeds and improved power delivery.

    Most users are familiar with the USB-A and USB-B connection types. Despite moving from USB 1 to new USB 3 devices, the connector has stayed as massive as ever. However, as devices became thinner and smaller, those big USB ports just did not fit in. This is also the reason why other USB types like ‘micro’ and ‘mini’ connectors were developed.

    So, what is USB-c and why you’ll want it? Well, here’s the answer. It is about a third of the size of a USB-A connector, and it is a standard that can be used on every device. What’s more, it has USB-C connectors at both ends. This means that you can use this for your smartphone, laptop, and tablet. What’s more, it does not have an up or down orientation. So, you wouldn’t have to think which end to plug. And you wouldn’t have to flip it to insert it correctly.

    USB-C connectors are undeniably the future. However, before we get to a place where this connection type is on every device, it is only natural for us to encounter a few bumps along the way. Laptops from Apple use USB-C exclusively while most Android phones have it. On the other hand, not every USB-C port is the same. Moreover, not every USB-C cable you buy functions the same way. So, it wouldn’t hurt if you learn how to fix USB-C issues. In this article, we are going to discuss some things you have to watch out for when using USB-C connectors. We will also share some guidelines that will help you fix and avoid these problems.

    Here are the topics we’ll discuss in this article:

    • How the wrong cable can fry your device
    • Not all USB-C ports are the same
    • The challenges of transitioning to USB-C technology

    Using the Wrong Cable Can Damage your Device

    If you’re planning to use USB-C connectors, you should be careful with the cables you’re going to buy. Cables from previous generations of USB were simpler in design. In most cases, you can use a USB 1 cable in a USB 2 port, and it would serve its purpose without causing problems. This is also the reason why most people do not give too much thought on which cables to buy. However, you should be more careful with USB-C cables.

    We recommend avoiding cables with a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other. It is worth noting that devices and cables with USB-C connectors support faster charging. So, if you plug a phone with a USB-A connection type to a USB-C port using the cable mentioned above, your phone might draw too much power. Consequently, you might damage your phone, the USB-C port, or even your computer.

    You should opt for cables that come with your device’s original packaging. After all, properly-made cables have resistors inline that prevent such kind of issue from happening. It is also quite challenging to figure out which cables are efficient and which are not unless you found a trusted vendor providing reliable technical specifications.

    Not all USB-C Ports are the Same

    Things were relatively simple with USB-A ports. You can basically plug in any type of USB, and it would work. However, that is not the case with USB-C. Cables and adapters may or may not work, depending on your device’ features. Most cables you can find on the market support USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 or 3.1.

    Keep in mind that USB 2.0 cables are designed for charging. They might work for transferring data, but expect them to be extremely slow. The technology became a bit complex when some companies used USB-C to introduce new features. Let’s take Thunderbolt 3 as an example. When Intel and Apple collaborated with this product, they designed the tech to have transfer speeds of up to 40 GBPS. That’s four times faster than the USB 3.1 standard. Moreover, even when two 4k displays are connected to a single port, Thunderbolt 3 can still support them. However, devices designed to be compatible with Thunderbolt 3 are the only ones that can achieve those speeds. Moreover, you should have cables that are also compatible with Thunderbolt 3.

    It is worth noting that the USB-C connection type has three Alternate Modes:

    • HDMI
    • DisplayPort
    • MHL

    So, if you’re getting limited display connection issues, it would be advisable to check if your cable, computer, or external display support any of the Alternate Modes. Make sure that your cable or PC support the same USB-C features as the device you’re trying to connect.

    The Transition to USB-C can be Challenging

    It can be frustrating to switch to a device that solely features USB-C ports. Over the years, users have collected USB cables for their phones, hard drives, printers, e-readers, and other devices. This means that when you switch to USB-C-only devices, those cables no longer plug directly into your laptop.

    Here are the two possible workarounds:

    1. Replacing all your cables with USB-C ones
    2. Purchasing appropriate adapters for your old cables

    The first option will allow you to organize your cables, but you are potentially replacing several cables. The second option involves keeping track of multiple dongles. However, it gets the job done efficiently and quickly.

    It gets more complicated when we’re talking about dongles for items like displays and Ethernet connection. As we’ve mentioned, the display protocols are not consistent in every USB-C port. So, it is essential for you to buy one that works with your device. We won’t deny that finding a compatible dongle can be tedious. For instance, if you carry your laptop around and connect to different types of projectors and displays, you’d have to deal with more dongles.

    You can try searching for USB-C docking stations that will allow you to connect your laptop to multiple devices, including displays, keyboards, and mice, among others. That one USB-C port can provide you with all kinds of connectivity, and all you’d need is one compatible cable.

    Pro Tip:

    Whether you’re connecting a USB-A, USB-B, or USB-C device to your computer, it is important that you keep your PC secure. To protect your device from viruses and threats, we recommend installing Auslogics Anti-Malware. This reliable tool can detect attacks that your main anti-virus might miss. So, whatever USB connection type you plug into your laptop, you can ensure that it will have the protection it needs.

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    What are the challenges you’ve encountered with a USB-C connector?

    HIGHLIGHTS

    These are the cables you’ve been waiting for; At least in India.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    A few months after releasing the flagship Nexus 6P and the much awaited revision of the beloved Nexus 5, i.e. the Nexus 5X in India, Google has made a few accessories available on the store. The three cables available now are the USB Type C to Type C, Type C to standard Type A and Type C to standard Type A adaptor. The cables are priced at Rs.1400, Rs.909 for the last two, respectively.

    The Type C to Type C cables can only be used with the included wall plug with the Nexus 6P and other devices which use the latest USB C connector. Apart from other benefits, this cable can be used to charge one device with the other. Which means, you can now charge your 2015 Macbook with your Nexus 6P, transfer data between a OnePlus 2/Chromebook Pixel/Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P and so on.

    The USB Type C to Standard A plug cable can be used to charge your Type C device with any standard wall plug. Off brand Type C to Type A cables have come under heavy criticism by a particular Google Engineer, who has taken to Amazon to review each USB Type C cable available. So, watch out for faulty USB-C cables, which can damage your new devices. The Type C to Standard A adapter can be used to connect your existing USB accessories to your phone with the Type C connector. Unlike the microUSB OTG cables, this cable supports USB 3.0 standards, which promises transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/sec.

    So, if you invested in a phone with the USB-C connector and were struggling to find good cables in India, buying them at the Google Store seems like the best bet for now. Although they’re expensive, your devices will be safe, especially since these cables are Google certified.

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    Laptops with USB-C ports are now almost ubiquitous, as the world moves away from slower, inflexible USB-A ports to this faster, more versatile connection standard. Some laptops only have USB-C connections—that means a USB-C hub is essential if you want to connect a wired USB-A mouse or keyboard, or an older wired printer. Of course, it’s also a handy way to add an HDMI connection, an SD card slot, or simply more USB ports for storage.

    Fortunately, there are so many USB-C hubs available with various combinations of legacy I/O that finding one to meet your particular needs is as easy as ordering off a menu. We’ve divided our picks into two categories: basic and full-featured, the latter denoting hubs that offer greater extensibility, including the ability to charge phones.

    Expect to pay about $20 for the “basic” category of hubs that combine USB-A ports and SD card slots and little more. The more advanced full-featured options can run up to $70 or so, depending upon which ports are included. For whatever reason, the shelf life of a USB-C hub is short! If one of our listings is sold out, there may be an “upgraded” replacement available.

    We purchased numerous USB-C hubs to highlight details you can’t tell from the specs, like whether the ports are crowded together or the hub runs a bit hot. Below our picks you can find information on how to choose a USB-C hub versus Thunderbolt and how we tested our review units. Our recommendations for the best Thunderbolt docks can be found in a separate story. We update our USB-C hub recommendations periodically with new advice on what USB-C hub to buy.

    A USB-C hub connects to the USB-C on the side of your laptop, such as on this Lenovo Yoga C740. In this example, the left port is used for charging, so you’d need to buy a USB-C hub with a charging input to use with this slot. (Of course, you could also buy a hub without charging capabilities and use it in the other USB-C port, to the right of the charging port.)

    The best basic USB-C hubs

    You shouldn’t have to think too hard about a basic USB-C hub. Look for a good price, consider whether you want to pay a little extra for something like ethernet, and try to find products with a good warranty for added peace of mind. Avoid any hubs that connect directly to the port rather than using a cord, as they can block other ports. Also look for longer cords, for easier placement of the hub.

    Our picks for the best basic USB-C hubs have changed as of May 2021. The Aukey USB-C hub that we previously recommended has either been discontinued or has gone out of stock. We’ve replaced it with the Lention C15.

    If you’re looking for the best USB-C hub overall, though, we recommend the FlePow UCN 3281. The low price, diverse port offering, and strong feature set elevate it from just a great basic hub to something that can compete with the more full-featured hubs we list afterwards. Read on to find out more about our top picks.

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

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    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    USB Type-C menghadirkan konektor universal baru untuk laptop dan ponsel cerdas, dan banyak perangkat sudah mulai menggunakannya. Namun berhati-hatilah: banyak kabel USB-C yang tidak dirancang dengan benar dan berpotensi merusak perangkat keras Anda.

    Sebelum membeli kabel USB Type-C apa pun untuk perangkat baru Anda, Anda harus mencari tahu apakah kabel benar-benar sesuai dengan spesifikasi USB-C. Semakin banyak orang yang yakin untuk mengalami masalah ini karena lebih banyak perangkat USB Tipe-C-enabled dirilis.

    Mengapa Kabel USB-C Buruk Dapat Merusak Perangkat Keras Anda

    Untuk menjadi jelas, masalahnya adalah khusus dengan kabel yang menampilkan konektor USB Tipe C di satu ujung dan konektor USB yang lebih tua di ujung yang lain. Misalnya, sebagian besar perangkat masih menggunakan USB Type A – port yang Anda pikirkan ketika Anda berpikir “USB”. Jadi jika Anda mendapatkan perangkat USB Type-C, Anda mungkin menginginkan kabel USB-C-ke-A untuk mengisi daya pada laptop lama Anda atau blok daya yang lebih lama.

    Inilah masalahnya: perangkat USB Type-C dapat mendukung pengisian daya yang lebih cepat, yang sangat bagus. Tetapi sebagian besar perangkat USB Tipe-A tidak pernah dirancang untuk menyediakan daya sebanyak perangkat USB Tipe-C.

    Misalnya, katakanlah Anda memiliki komputer dengan port USB (Tipe-A) yang lebih lama dan ponsel cerdas baru dengan port USB Type-C. Anda menghubungkan komputer ke smartphone dengan kabel USB-Type-A-ke-Type-C. Kabel yang dirancang dengan baik seharusnya mencegah ponsel pintar menarik terlalu banyak daya dari port USB komputer yang lebih lama. Kabel buruk yang tidak dirancang dengan benar akan memungkinkan ponsel cerdas untuk mencoba menarik daya yang lebih besar, yang dapat merusak komputer atau port USB-nya. Itu bisa merusak bata pengisi daya atau hub USB, juga – ini bukan masalah saat mengisi daya dari komputer.

    Masalahnya, secara khusus, banyak kabel yang tidak sesuai dengan spesifikasi USB-C dan memiliki nilai resistor yang buruk. Benson Leung, karyawan Google yang bekerja di perangkat Chromebook Pixel dan Pixel C, memiliki FAQ di Google+ dengan detail lebih lanjut. “Port Type-A dan sebagian besar perangkat yang memiliki port Tipe-A tidak pernah dirancang untuk mendukung pengisian 3A,” tulisnya. Ini adalah pekerjaan kabel untuk memastikan pengisian perangkat dari itu tidak berusaha menarik terlalu banyak daya. Dalam kabel yang tidak dirancang dengan benar, “kabel terletak di telepon dengan memberi tahu telepon bahwa ponsel tersebut terhubung ke jalur pengisian 3A murni, seperti kabel C-to-C ke pengisi daya OEM 3A yang dikirimkan dengan Nexus 6P / 5X. Telepon akan mencoba menggambar 3A, tetapi itu dapat merusak perangkat yang lebih lemah yang Anda miliki ujung kabel Type-A yang dicolokkan. ”

    Bahkan Produsen Smartphone Telah Mengeluarkan Kabel Buruk

    Ini bukan hanya masalah teoritis. Satu-satunya alasan mengapa kita belum mendengar banyak tentangnya adalah karena begitu sedikit perangkat USB Tipe-C di luar sana di alam liar, tetapi ini akan berubah. Banyak kabel – terutama yang lebih murah – tidak dirancang dengan benar dan akan memiliki masalah ini.

    Tetapi itu bukan hanya kabel yang lebih murah. Bahkan kabel pengisian daya yang dikirim Oppo dengan smartphone OnePlus-nya adalah yang buruk. Itu tidak menyebabkan masalah saat mengisi daya ponsel OnePlus milik Oppo. Namun, hubungkan kabel itu ke ponsel lain seperti Nexus 5X atau 6P Google, dan itu bisa merusak perangkat Anda. Untuk alasan apa pun, pabrikan yang merancang dan memproduksi kabel ini sering kali tidak mengikuti spesifikasi dengan benar.

    Cara Menemukan Kabel yang Tidak Merusak Perangkat Anda

    Watch out how to buy a usb type-c cable that won’t damage your devices

    Sebelum membeli kabel dengan konektor USB Type-C di satu ujung dan konektor USB lama di sisi lain, Anda harus memastikannya sesuai dengan spesifikasi USB-C dan tidak akan merusak perangkat Anda.

    Taruhan terbaik Anda untuk hampir semua kabel, termasuk kabel USB-C, adalah untuk membeli kabel AmazonBasics — mereka tidak hanya benar-benar terjangkau, tetapi mereka konsisten, dan yang paling penting, daftar di Amazon dengan jelas diberi label dengan kecepatan. Anda dapat melihat pada gambar di atas bahwa kabel itu sendiri diberi label “SS” untuk SuperSpeed, dan daftar dengan jelas mengatakan konektor apa yang ada di setiap ujungnya, dan mengatakan “3.1” untuk kecepatan USB 3.1.

    Cantuman untuk kabel untuk sebagian besar produsen acak biasanya akan mengubur informasi dan menggunakan kata kunci yang tidak berarti, dan Anda tidak pernah tahu kualitas apa yang akan Anda dapatkan. Jadi berdasarkan pengalaman kami, kami merekomendasikan Amazon Basics.

    Jika Anda tidak dapat menemukan kabel AmazonBasics atau Anda ingin melihat apakah kabel produsen tertentu layak, Anda dapat mengunjungi situs web USB-C Compliant juga. Situs web ini mencantumkan kabel yang telah ditinjau dan diketahui dirancang dengan benar. Pilih kabel yang sesuai dari daftar mereka dan Anda tidak perlu khawatir.

    Mudah-mudahan, ini hanya masalah gigi, dan kabel tidak patuh ini akan lenyap dari pasar karena semakin banyak orang mendapatkan perangkat USB Type-C. Mereka juga tidak akan menjadi masalah setelah semua perangkat lama dengan port USB Type-A hilang, tetapi itu akan memakan waktu lama.

    Masalah di sini menunjukkan mengapa sistem Apple yang hanya mengizinkan kabel Lightning pihak ketiga yang tersertifikasi berfungsi bukan ide yang gila. Sebuah ekosistem perangkat keras yang lebih terbuka sangat bagus, tetapi produsen harus melakukan pekerjaan yang lebih baik dalam merancang kabel yang aman.