How to Choose the Right USB Cable.

USB cables keep evolving. The market is flooded with so many different types now, and with different names. On one hand we have USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, and on the other we also have USB-A USB-B AND USB-C. What do all of these mean? Here is how to find the USB cable that's just right for you.

First of all, let us explain what all these numbers and alphabets actually mean. The various versions of USB cables, such as USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, deal with the functionality and speed of the USB cable, whereas the type of USB cable, like USB type A, B and C essentially refers to the physical design of the connectors and ports. Now that we have cleared that confusion, let's discuss what each cable is best suited for.

1. USB-A

This is a standard connector, and you can find it at one end of almost every USB cable. This kind of cable is most commonly used for computers or power outlets. Many TVs, game systems, cars, media players, and other devices also have one or more. The USB-A cable will only enter the port in one way, as there is simply no use for one that is double sided. Essentially, this shape is found at the plugging head end of your charging devices.

2. USB-B

This is an older connector that is rarely used today. They are commonly used to connect printers or external hard drives to computers. Type B ports are found on many USB non-host devices, such as audio interfaces, external hard drives, and printers. Type B plugs are found on one end of most USB cables.

3. USB-C

This is the latest USB standard. Unlike older cables, the latter usually have USB-A on one end and another type on the other end, The USB-C cables allow high speed data transfers and a higher power flow, allowing your phone to charge more quickly. The USB-C cable is also reversible and can be inserted in any way. Today, all new Samsung devices and Apple’s latest MacBooks only use USB-C ports.

4. USB-mini

As the name suggests, this is a smaller connection type that’s good for mobile devices. It’s been largely superseded by micro-USB, but you’ll still find it on some cameras, MP3 players, and other such devices.

5. Micro-USB

This is a miniature connector that is very popular on various portable devices. Micro USB was once the most common USB port, but it can still be found in many older models. Many Android mobile phones used to have this type of connector.

Now that we’ve discussed the various shapes found in USBs, lets move on to the functionality and speed specifications within the 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 models

6. USB 1.0

The USB 1.0 was first introduced in 1996. It was only used to connect the mouse and keyboard to the computer. Its data transfer rate is only 12 Mbit per second at maximum, which is relatively slow. Hence, it was just enough to process the information from the keyboard and mouse.

7. USB 2.0 and 3.0

USB 2.0 and 3.0 have similar uses, so the main difference would be speed. USB 3.0 has a faster transfer rate and power transfer than USB 2.0. It doubles the number of wires in the cable from four to eight, making power transfer a lot better than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 also has various connectors, commonly blue, which means USB devices that utilize different connectors may not be compatible with USB 2.0 equivalent cables.

USB 3.0 is backward compatible, meaning that USB 2.0 and 3.0 can fit into interchangeable ports. Although USB 2.0 connectors may fit into 3.0 ports, data transfer might not run at optimal performance because of the different wiring configuration of the two USB standards. Similarly, while USB 3.0 cables may still be used for USB 2.0 ports, it will run on the slower USB 2.0 speeds since the device determines transfer rates, not the cable. For best results and to maximize the features offered by the USB type, it’s best to match the USB cable with the port.

Thank you for reading How to Choose the Right USB cable. We hope that this has given you a better picture of which USB cables would be a best fit for you!

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