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11/28/2015
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USB Type-C: Not All Cables Are Created Equal

The USB Type-C connector is designed to replace data transfer, charging, and video connectors. However, not all cables support the same functionality. Using a low quality cable can result in serious damage to some devices, especially laptops.

(Image: Apple)

(Image: Apple)

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mejiac
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11/30/2015 | 10:07:12 AM
Re: Update on the OnePlus 2 Type-C Cables
@tzubair,

I agree with your statement, devices will probably detect if a generic cable isn't sufficient for either charging/data transfer.

My Iphone will simply not accept when I use a generic cable (normally a really cheap one when trying to get a quick charge). My Nexus 7 wil accept it, but will charge very very slow, so I guess for USB Typce C it'll be a similar scenario.

At first price will be a concern, but given time things should lower.
tzubair
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11/29/2015 | 10:35:44 PM
Re: Update on the OnePlus 2 Type-C Cables
"The issue with the OnePlus USB Type-C cable is that it tries to draw 3A when the power adapter shipped with the device only provides 2A, thus heating up the adapter and potentially damagin it permanently."

@Pablo: In this case, the device should forewarn the user after detecting that the power source is inadequate. Most users would be unaware of this and would not use the right power source with the cable. I believe OnPlus should make a note of this happening around and other companies should follow.
nasimson
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11/28/2015 | 9:35:19 PM
Re: Update on the OnePlus 2 Type-C Cables
Thanks Pablo. I also used to think all cables are same. Now I understand why some chargers heat up really hot even after 10 minutes of plug in.
Pablo Valerio
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11/28/2015 | 11:35:56 AM
Update on the OnePlus 2 Type-C Cables
OnePlus has admitted they have been shipping defective USB Type-C cables with the OnePlus 2. They offer exchanges and refunds:

The issue with the OnePlus USB Type-C cable is that it tries to draw 3A when the power adapter shipped with the device only provides 2A, thus heating up the adapter and potentially damagin it permanently.

OnePlus is offering to replace the cable.
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