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  # 1668364 12-Nov-2016 06:58
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Just to follow up on this thread, @MurrayM - did you end up finding compliant, safe but well-priced cables and adapters?

I see Amazon ships a Black Squid cable to NZ, which is apparently an ok cable going by the "guru" mentioned above - around US $18 including shipping.

Can anyone advise of a better-value but still safe cable than this?

What would be the best-value but ok micro
And, sorry for the dumb question, but do I need to have compliant cables even if charging my future phone (looking at V20 or Mate 9) with a standard charger, or would my existing 2.0 micro USB cables be ok for this? And, if the standard cables are ok, would any micro
Thanks for any direction; it seems inevitable that my new phone will have a type c connection, so I want to be prepared with the right cables!

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  # 1668366 12-Nov-2016 07:19
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Well @jonathan18 so far only one of the cheap cables I ordered from AliExpress has arrived. It transfers data ok and charges the phone (but not rapid charge). I haven't experienced any problems so far. Is it 100% "safe"? I don't know.


I also bought a cable from PB Tech (I think it was around the $15 mark, Unitek brand I think). Both the cheap cable and the expensive cable appear to operate the same.


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  # 1668369 12-Nov-2016 07:41
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Oh, I forgot to say that I tested the cables using the Ampere app and the instructions that they provide on how to test USB Type C cables here. Both the cheap AliExpress and more expensive PB Tech cable passed the test.

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  # 1668486 12-Nov-2016 12:22
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I bought some cables off TradeMe from "andy120" for $5.99, and they tested as being compliant with Ampere and CheckR.

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  # 1668539 12-Nov-2016 13:51
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Thanks for the feedback, guys. If the cheap cables don't provide 'rapid charge', then does that actually provide any risk?


Similarly, does it matter the quality of adapters if using a standard charger?


I'm thinking I'll order some decent cables off Amazon, as I've got a workmate who'll be in the US next week and can bring them back - going by this link there are many apparently complaint cables that are damn affordable, if you don't have to include YouShop postage!  


But, if my supposition is correct (that using a standard charger with a fast charging phone means the cables/adapters don't matter to the same degree - great to have this confirmed either way) then I guess there's no point buying lots of additional USB C cables if an adapter will be ok with all my existing USB micro cables.



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