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 are 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.