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How to Choose the Right USB Cable for your Needs


USB technology was created to link an exchange of information between devices and/or a computer with ease. Today, USB is used perhaps more than any other information exchange cable in this category. The many different types of USB cables each come with unique purposes and ports. Choosing the right USB cable for your device, data transfer, and/or charging needs begins with getting to know a little bit about your device and its requirements for a USB cable.

Let’s say you are using your USB cable primarily for storage access. This means that you need it as a data transfer method and power supply, such as for an external hard drive or for a digital camera. The types of USB cables that are most common for these devices are micro USB 2.0 5-pins, micro USB 2.0 8-pins, and micro USB 3.0 10-pins.

If you are using a USB cable on a portable device designed to use these cables for connection and recharging, you want a cable that is optimized for your device. These include micro USB 2.0 5-pins, a USB 3.0 type C, or a mini USB 2.0 5-pin. Among the devices that commonly use these types of USB cables are Bluetooth speakers, sports cameras, a power bank, or a drone.

Many people use USB cables for large computer devices primarily for connection and power supply. When these cables are paired with something like a printer, scanner, digital microphone, or other digital instruments, USB type B 2.0 or USB type B 3.0 are the standard series that many manufacturers go to.

Do you need a USB cable for your smartphone, tablet, or similar type of mobile device – this is where some trouble might come into play. Depending on the manufacturer of the phone, you need to find the cable with the right connectors. Typically, these type of charge and data sync USB cables are limited to the micro USB 2.0 5-pin, the USB 3.0 type C, the Apple 30-pin, or the Apple Lightning cable. We do recommend always checking with the manufacturer’s instructions prior to making your purchase, ensuring that the USB cable selected is the right one for your device.

Browsing this list of devices in requirement of USB cables, it is evident the diversity of this type of cable.

We advise anyone to take a quick look through this list to find the cables that are most applicable to their devices and then to confirm by checking their manufacturer’s instructions. Though it seems like a lot, within a matter of a few minutes or less, you should have a pretty good idea on what USB cable is right for your device.

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