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Amazon bans non-compliant USB Type-C cables

Posted on Thursday, March 31 2016 @ 14:12:26 CEST by

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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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