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USB Type C Cables Frying Devices – Know the Details


The USB Type C devices come in as a major blessing for the world of technology, as a fresher look at things was needed for the USB technology.

While the USB 2.0 and 3.0 were getting older, a whole new system has been brought in, which changes the very way a traditional USB would look like.

The USB Type C technology is not a private property of any company, this makes them cheap to make and thereby quite unsafe too.

However, with better devices comes more power. The USB Type C cable comes with a much greater power input than a Micro USB cable or a normal USB 2.0 cable.

Charging your device with a Type-C cable can come with certain risks of its own! If you happen to be the unlucky recipient of a faulty Type-C cable, you might end up frying your device that you are charging.

Cheap technology comes with its own perils, and one must never compromise safety for price! These low-cost, faulty cords are dangerous as they might end up drawing more power from the source than the recipient could handle, thereby affecting your phone and maybe even your computer instantly!

USB Type C cords are to be made in a manner which helps them recognize the kind of device the source is, and the amount of power that they need to supply to the destination device.

One such unlucky recipient of this disaster was Benson Leung, an engineer with Google. The incident took place while he was testing Surjtech’s3M USB-C cord, this ended up frying his $1500 laptop completely!

“I have gotten fed up with the early cables from 3rd party vendors that so blatantly flout the specification and I want to take them to task,” Leung wrote on his Google+ page.

“You may not just get weird behavior from your devices with these bad cables… What some these vendors are doing is downright dangerous.”

The USB Implementer forum, the group which sets standards for the USB-C cables, is soon going to come out with a ‘seal of approval’ which will add a ‘safe’ logo to the USB cables which are deemed safe to use.

This should add a much needed credibility to the technology as well as an assurance to the users that their costly devices are secure when they are using this cable.