Amazon bans non-compliant USB Type-C cables

Posted on Thursday, Mar 31 2016 @ 14:12 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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In the past, you couldn't do much wrong when buying an USB cable but unfortunately that's not the case when you're shopping for an USB Type-C cable. Google engineer Benson Leung spend a lot of his time testing cables and discovered there's a lot of junk on the market that doesn't work properly or can even be downright dangerous.

Poorly made USB Type-C cables can damage your hardware or pose a fire risk so we're happy Amazon has decided to add non-compliant USB Type-C cables to its long list of probited listings:
  • Any USB-C™ (or USB Type-C™) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by “USB Implementers Forum Inc.”
  • It's a step forward but you still need to be vigilant as the e-commerce giant will not be performing tests itself.

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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