The new USB Type-C cables could irreversibly damage your computer. The tech world is gradually implementing a new cable standard named USB Type-C. They are tiny, multi-purpose, reversible, universal and may fry whatever device you connect them into.
A benefit of the recent conventional wires is that the Type-C wire patent is not owned by a company. This means that anyone can build them with inexpensive costs, while the drawback is that they might bring some serious damage to any equipment.
Cheap cables are not new in the modern tech environment, since people can get wires that fulfill the older micro-USB requirements for mobile phones for just a few dollars from the online stores. But the recent USB-C cables are able to provide much more energy to a device than the current micro-USB plugs.
If you power your smart phone by connecting a USB-C wire into the laptop, a defective cable could strain far more energy from the computer than the computer is developed to provide, ruining it along with the mobile gadget, right away.
The wires are expected to identify what type of product they are absorbing energy from. So, if a USB-C cable senses that it is connected to a wall outlet, it should turn up the power and if it is connected to a computer, it will sip energy.
That is not what occurred to an IT specialist though. While he was testing a USB-C cable, his expensive laptop got fried by the excessive charging power, since the cable was wired in the wrong way. Purchasing costlier wires is usually a wise decision, based on may users’ research.
But a costly cable does not invariably mean that the devices will be secure for usage. And thoughtlessly spending extra cash on a cable is not a good way to make that a laptop or phone will not be damaged. The great news is represented by the USB-C standard group, the Implementers Community, which is providing a measure to secure USB-C wires.
Since those seals are not shown up on the websites selling these cords, the most secure way might be to buy wires at physical stores where people can see a clear brand on the boxes. For those who are iPhone owners, things are good until now. Apple’s Lightning cables are authorized by the company and that is why they are so costly, and the producer has not yet implemented the new USB-C features for its current iPhones.
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