USB has become the standard for data and DC power transmission in consumer devices. How do you choose a durable cable that suits your needs? Let's start by exploring the different types of connectors you may find on a USB cable.
USB Type A
USB type A is rectangular in shape, and the most common USB. It is usually seen in DC, media players and smart phone charging cables. Typically, the USB-A connector will go into a host device, such as a laptop or power supply.
USB Type B
Type-B connectors, at the other side of USB cable, plug into a peripheral device like hard drive. The types of Type-B socket can be divided into standard, mini and micro. They all have the same function but feature different physical shapes suited to their applications.
USB Type C
Type C allows for reverse plug orientation, which means that you can plug in your USB cable correctly whether in positive or negative direction without worrying about it being upside down.
The Importance of Choosing a Durable and High-Quality USB Cable
USB chargers impact how quickly your device's battery will be fully charged. Choosing the right USB cable for your smartphone is important for a safe and quick charging experience. Cheap USB cables can be slow, and even dangerous. One key concern is the cables physical resilience.
Factors that influence a USB Cable’s Performance
There are many different materials used in USB cables. The electrical contacts, the internal wires, and the outer insulation vary in composition from one manufacturer to another. Here are some of the most common materials found in USB cables:
- PVC is quite common. It's non-flammable, strong, and weather resistant. However, many manufacturers are moving to TPE, which is even more durable.
- TPE is a plastic which has good elasticity and strength. It is environmentally friendly because the waste materials in its production can be recycled. At present, most of the original USB cables that come packaged with smart phones still use TPE.
- Nylon is a special fabric material added to USB cables to ensure that the copper core inside the mobile phone cable is not damaged due to external tension. Nylon braided USB cables are not easily damaged. It is very strong, firm, and in the right applications, very attractive.
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The Length of the USB Cable
Data transmission and charge speed of smart phone USB cable is related to the length of data cable. In the case of the same material, the shorter the length of data cable, the faster the potential data transmission and charging speed and the smaller the resistance.
The Thickness of the USB Cable
The internal wires of the USB cable can affect charging speed. The thicker the wires, the lower the resistance, lending to a greater maximum current and faster charging performance. However, these wires need to have a woven metal sleeve to shield against magnetic interference. This has the added affect of protecting the wires from physical damage.
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