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Topic # 228634 15-Jan-2018 14:18
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Hi folks,

 

I searched through the forums and had a brief google but couldn't find anything definitive. This is my first foray into the USB-C world, having just bought a Pixel XL. I would like to buy some extra USB-A male to USB-C male cables for the various existing chargers I have around the place. I found that not all Micro USB cables were created equal, and I assume the same applies to the USB-C world too. Can anyone recommend cables that will work okay for charging and data? I'm a bit budget conscious, performance is not the highest priority.

 

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  Reply # 1939097 15-Jan-2018 14:29
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If you're budget conscious than literally any cable on the market will work. You will clearly not get performance though on a budget, buying high quality cables is important. You need to decide what's important - spending $10 for a budget cable in NZ or spending more - $30 for a couple of cables incl shipping from Amazon that will deliver great performance.

 

If you want to understand more about cables you should check out Benson Leung's USDB-C page and reviews.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1939106 15-Jan-2018 14:38
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I bought two of these for my Pixel.  They seem to work fine, have flashed a number of firmware images using them and never had any problems.





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  Reply # 1939109 15-Jan-2018 14:43
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sbiddle:

 

literally any cable on the market will work.

 

 

Actually that's not true - I've found the Pixel to be pickier than other devices, for instance it didn't work with this cheap random cable I had (possibly because it was missing the 56ohm resistor?).

 

Even if a cheap cable does manage to work, it can cause issues - worst case scenario you could fry your device (this actually happened with Benson Leung himself - he lost his Chromebook Pixel due to a bad TypeC cable. yep).

 

Therefore when it comes to Type-C I would highly recommend going for proper/branded cables, ideally from Google themselves or other reputed brands Anker, Belkin, Tronsmart etc. It may be a bit costly initially but it'll be worth it in the long run. Also, I'd recommend going for braided cables, they tend to last longer than the usual plastic/rubber coated ones.


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I agree on the braided cables - I don't use anything non braided now.

 

 


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  Reply # 1939112 15-Jan-2018 14:45
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Since I've already have some good quality micro-usb cables, I reuse them by buying micro-usb to usb-C adapters instead.

 

Bought a number of them from Ali and scatter them all around the house and in the cars.  Two years now and still working.  Only used it for charging though as I'm using wifi/BT for data transfer.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1939113 15-Jan-2018 14:47
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I purchased Anker cables from Amazon, both regular and the Plus versions
As well as the Micro-B to USB C adaptors to use my old cables


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I used these USB-A to USB-C adapters. Converts your existing chargers to USB-C without a new cable.

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/BlitzWolf-2Pcs-lot-USB-Type-C-to-Micro-USB-Adapter-Connector-Micro-B-Female-to-USB/32825010783.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.ymaGlk

 

 


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There's a Google engineer (Benson Leung) who helped design the USB-C spec who publicly reviews cables on Amazon - highly recommend you read his reviews on Amazon USB-C cables before purchasing.





 


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  Reply # 1939132 15-Jan-2018 15:18
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I have some Aukey USB-C cables from amazon.com, they work well. I got some cheaper UGreen cables from ebay, they're absolute rubbish, resulted in phone heating up a lot - I cut the ends off and threw them away.





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  Reply # 1939166 15-Jan-2018 16:29
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freitasm:

 

I'm about to get a couple of Anker USB-C 3.0 cables from Amazon today.

 

 

Nice, I've got those exact cables and can vouch for them. They're crazy strong and have worked well with every Type-C device I own . :)


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  Reply # 1939168 15-Jan-2018 16:31
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d3Xt3r:

 

freitasm:

 

I'm about to get a couple of Anker USB-C 3.0 cables from Amazon today.

 

 

Nice, I've got those exact cables and can vouch for them. They're crazy strong and have worked well with every Type-C device I own . :)

 

 

That's good enough... I'll grab a couple, and I have also ordered some Micro to C adapters for existing cables. Thank you all.





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