Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Amazon bans crappy USB Type-C cables

Hopefully, that prevents people from unwittingly frying their gadgets.
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Maxiphoto via Getty Images

One Google engineer's quest to test USB-C cables sold on Amazon ended in a disaster when a particularly shoddy one fried his gadgets. Thankfully, Amazon has decided to take a stance against subpar adapters to prevent more people from going through the same thing. Benson Leung, the unfortunate engineer who sacrificed his Chromebook Pixel 2015 for our sake, reported on Google+ that the e-commerce website has officially banned substandard USB Type-C cables.

To be exact, the new line under the prohibited products list reads: "Any USB-C (or USB Type-C) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by 'USB Implementers Forum Inc.'" It's still very much possible for listings that sell offbrand (or even legit but faulty) cables to go through, though, so you shouldn't stop reading product reviews because of this new rule. And in case you ever find yourself the recipient of a defective adapter, don't forget that you can report the product to Amazon and get it kicked off the marketplace.

In this article: amazon, gadgetry, gadgets, gear, USB, usb-c
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Windows 10's Start menu is getting a visual refresh

Windows 10's Start menu is getting a visual refresh

View
Vizio's new 4K TVs start at $230

Vizio's new 4K TVs start at $230

View
Oppo put a 48MP camera and 5,000mAh battery into a budget phone

Oppo put a 48MP camera and 5,000mAh battery into a budget phone

View
Best Buy sale knocks 50 percent off a TCL 8-series Roku TV

Best Buy sale knocks 50 percent off a TCL 8-series Roku TV

View
'GTA V' brings transphobia to the next console generation

'GTA V' brings transphobia to the next console generation

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr