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    Don't FRY my gear!

    If you have a device with a USB Type C connector please read this.

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    Not wildly helpful - before you buy one, how do you know that the cable is properly wired and of adequate quality?

    Clearly the Google engineer didn't!
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    BATcher,

    Did you miss this?
    For now, the best policy is to stick with cables Leung has already reviewed on Amazon—or on this related USB Type-C review site—to avoid frying your own phone or laptop.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Mmm once again a good reason to stay on the 'Healing Edge' and avoid the 'Bleeding Edge'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    BATcher,
    Did you miss this?
    No - I observed that the list was almost entirely US-centric. As usual...
    (And no, we don't have Frys in the UK either!)

    For cables, it would be nice
    If quality went with price -
    But it doesn't seem to.
    Necessarily.
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    Finding a compatible cable can be a pain in the a** in the first place, but getting a flawed replacement
    cable capable of taking down ones system is intolerable.

    Amazon does have a good solid reviewer base.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Wavy, 'Healing' edge and 'Bleeding' edge!!! Both are sick and should be hospitalized.
    But wavy is correct. USB-C 'bleeds' too much, for now.

    I would not plug ANY USB cable to a PC/laptop without a middleman, such as a USB hub.

    I myself actually modify a USB cable, by adding a Schottky Diode to the 5V line. This blocks reverse current flow from external source to the PC.

    For DIY users, just cut off a USB cable sealed connector and replace it with new one having the diode in it. Or cut open its seal. Add the diode to the red wire (positive of 5V). Diode polarity is to allow current flow from PC to external.
    I'm cheap, I slice open the outer layer near middle of the cable. Fish out the red wire. Cut it. Solder the diode to the red wire. Use a short portion of soda straw covering the 'wounded' area. Fill the cavity with photo-safe glue (or wax). Do not use silicone glue. Acid types eat metal. High-volatile (e.g. petroleum based) glue OK.
    Don't have to use Schottky Diode. Regular diode OK (1Amp type good enough). Even a capacitor will do (0.1F/6V good enough). SMD type is so small, can fit inside the connector.
    If you use regular diode or capacitor, the 5V power from the PC is either restricted (low power below 1A), or totally isolated. It does not affect USB signals.
    You need external 5V power adapter for the USB hub or the USB device itself for power, as the 5V from the PC is no longer available or power restricted.

    Note:
    For the inquiring mind:
    Schottky Diode has low Voltage drop, about 0.2V to 0.3V. Regular diode is about 0.6V. Yes, it violates USB 5V specifications of 5V0.25V. CMOS logic is very forgiving, USB signal still works.
    Using Schottky Diode will allow PC's 5V to power up external devices. Regular diode may not because some external devices need full 5V.
    Capacitor allows no 5V to/from the PC. The logic signal is 'AC', not DC, signal goes through no problem.

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    One mis-wired cable does not a problem make. Too much FUD in those articles.

    cheers, Paul

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