TOP 5 USB-C Cables for Android and Laptops 2017
All hail the USB-C
The shift toward USB Type-C is imminent and the reasons are self-evident. USB Type C is a reversible connector and takes away all the frustration of plug failures owing to the wrong cable orientation. It embodies USB 3.1 standard, which translates to high transfer speeds for data. It is, therefore, no surprise that every new Android smartphone sports a USB Type C port.
You need to purchase the right cable to avoid frying both your phone and computer. A bad cable can ruin your devices. The problem comes in when you connect your smartphone to a laptop’s or a hub’s USB Type-A port. USB-C is designed to draw 3A whereas the laptop’s port is designed to deliver 2A. If the cable does not have proper protection, it could draw much more current than the laptop can handle.
The best USB-C cables 2017
The USB-C cables listed below are high quality and have relevant protection to ensure that your devices are protected.
STK Binary 3
Whereas USB-C is a noble idea, it’s important to acknowledge the fact that it is still a novel technology and many people have not adopted it yet. There still many devices using MicroUSB connectors. STK binary acknowledges this hence have manufactured a cable bearing the USB-C, Micro-USB and lighting connectors. This eliminates the need to carry around three different cables if you have devices with different connectors. In a snapshot, the cable bears the following features;
- Connectors: USB-C, Lighting connectors, MicroUSB
- Length: 1 meter
- Quick charge: YES
- Warranty:5 years.
Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0
Its pouch is stunning. We all hate it when the USB cable gets entangled with other accessories like the earphones in our pockets. The mess gets even worse if there are keys involved. Anker Powerline came up with a beautiful packaging for its cable to save you from having to go through such agony. You can only pull the cable to the desired length leaving the rest coiled carefully inside its pouch courtesy of a velcro strap. Besides being an eye candy, the stylish pouch makes carrying the cable around to be easy and comfortable.
The cable has a double-braided exterior and an aramid fiber core hence is very durable. Both necks of the connectors have been reinforced to reduce damage resulting from bending. It can sync data at speeds of upto 5 Gbps. Unfortunately, the cable can only charge at 2.4 A hence you may not achieve maximum speed in some type of phones. Other features of the cable are listed below
Length: 3 feet
Warranty: 18 months
Quick charge: only 2.4 A
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Belkin 3.1 (USB-A to USB-C)
The Belkin 3.1 USB cable is a sleek black cable offering up to 10 Gbps transfer rates and has USB-C and USB-A on its ends. Despite being compatible with any USB-C device, it is well suited for laptops like Apple’s MacBook and Google’s Chromebook. Its maximum output is 3A hence is guaranteed to charge your device very fast.
- Quick charge: Yes
- Length: 3 feet
- Warranty: Lifetime limited.
Bridgeken (USB C to USB A)
This cable is the true definition of rugged. Can you imagine a cable that can endure up to 4,000 bends? Well, that is BridgeKen for you. It is compatible with the LG G6 and Google Pixel among other USB-Type C devices. It provides transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps. Unfortunately, it has a maximum output of 2.1A. The cable is available in a variety of colors, i.e.gold,rose gold and black.
- Quick charge: YES
- Length:6.6 feet
- Warranty: 18 Months
Belkin (USB-C to USB-C)
This cable offers you faster speeds based on the USB 3.1 standard and USB-C to USB-C connectors on both ends. Besides the transfer speeds of 10 Gbps, you are set to gain support for Thunderbolt 3. You could also connect the cable to a USB-C enabled display and enjoy 4K resolution. This cable delivers a maximum of 3A hence guarantees fast charging. It has a very slim connector, making it very easy to plug in.
- Quick charging: Yes
- Length:3 feet
- Warranty:2 year