A growing number of smartphones, tablets, and laptops are shipping with USB Type-C ports. These connectors allow faster charging and on some devices they also enable speedier data transfers and support for video output with the help of an adapter.
In fact, Apple thinks the USB Type-C port is so useful, it’s the only port on the 2015 MacBook.
But USB Type-C is still a new technology… and while you can find plenty of cables and adapters available for purchase, it turns out not all of them work the the way you’d expect. Not sure which one to buy? A Google employee is here to help.
Benson Leung is a Googler who helped develop two products using USB Type-C cables, the new Chromebook Pixel and the upcoming Pixel C (he doesn’t actually name the products he’s worked on, but says he’s worked on two, and those are the only two that fit the description).
He’s found that some USB Type-C accessories don’t comply with the official specifications and could fail to charge some devices. In fact, some cables and adapters could even damage your charger, USB hub, or your computer.
So Leung started testing USB Type-C adapters available from Amazon.com and posting detailed notes. Odds are that the cables and adapters that came with your device will work, but you might want to check out Leung’s reviews before buying a third-party cable.
One thing you won’t find in his Amazon reviews is Leung’s verdict on the cheap USB Type-C cable offered by OnePlus, because it’s not sold through Amazon. But is it any good? According to Leung it uses an incorrect 3A configuration, which means it could damage older USB hubs, chargers, or other devices.
via Android Police