Lilbits 372: Raspberry Pi 4 charging issues (and USB-C confusion)

Raspberry Pi’s latest small and cheap single-board computer is the most powerful to date. The recently launched Raspberry Pi 4 features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor, an upgraded GPU, faster Ethernet, and for the first time it comes with three memory configuration choices: 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB. The new model is also the first to […]

A new certification program could protect you from bad USB chargers

Google software engineer Benson Leung has become something of a folk hero for his efforts to review USB Type-C cables and let potential customers know whether or not they’re compliant with official specifications. A lot of them aren’t… and some could even damage your phone, laptop, or other device if you try to charge your gadgets […]

Amazon bans sale of non-compliant USB C cables

As we learned last year, not all USB Type-C cables are created equal… and just because you can plug any cheap cable with the right size plug into your USB-C capable device doesn’t mean you should. Sometimes a bad cable that doesn’t fully comply with USB-C specifications can actually damage your phone, tablet, or laptop. Fortunately, […]