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A Google Engineer Is Publicly Shaming Crappy USB-C Cables

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All cables are not created equal: some will charge most efficiently, others might just fry your battery. Google Chromebook engineer and Caped Cable Crusader Benson Leung has been testing USB-C cables off Amazon, and it’s not just the no-brand products that have been failing.

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Leung’s campaign mostly consists of ordering USB-C cables off Amazon, testing them to see if they meet the minimum standards or if they’re just knock-offs, and then leaving Amazon reviews. Cables and chargers fail in all sorts of different ways, although incorrect resistors seem to be a common problem that Leung’s been finding.

Although the bulk of problematic adapters are coming from no-brand acccessory resellers, there’s one particularly interesting failure: Leung has called out the OnePlus USB-C cable and adapter. They’ll work just fine if you only ever use them with OnePlus devices, but if you ever get crazy and try and use that USB-C cable to charge another USB-C device—say, a Nexus 6P—you might damage your shiny gizmo.

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I just got a Nexus phone and a few days ago was picking up some type-c cables and adapters and then saw this guy’s reviews and based on his reviews chose a iOrange-E 6 foot USB A to type C cable. I also picked up a few 3 foot cables direct from Google, as he got me nervous buying from many of the usual sellers . None of the sellers were calling him out for his comments, if anything they were all like they are looking into it, so I took it as a hint that he knows what he is talking about. Benson, if you are reading this, Thanks!