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How to find safe USB Type-C cables?

Aug. 31, 2017

Leung is helpful. So are spreadsheets cobbled together by denizens of the Internet. But how can the average consumer pick the right cable before ruining his smart-phone or laptop?

USB Type-C cable

Looking at the Plug

For starters, look at the USB Type-C Cables plug itself.

"A good cable uses a deep-draw extrusion method that produces a Type C plug that is a single piece of metal and does not have a visible seam on one side of the plug," said Tim North, a senior product manager at Monoprice (which recently had a cable approved by Leung). A folded and stamped connector, North explained, is usually made of zinc tin alloy which is easily broken and may not handle the cable's power requirements.

But without the cable in hand, it's hard to say for sure.

"Maybe this company just made a mistake," Ravencraft said. "Maybe their instructions were wrong, maybe it's a single cable. Is it all their cables? But again, we don't know. We do know of this one cable. But those are some of the questions that also need to be asked."

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