USB cables are not all made equal. In the most extreme cases, cheap cables can fry your electronics or even lead to fire. Here's what you need to know before you pick up another USB cable.
It's difficult to think of a photographer not using USB somewhere during their workflow. This is why it's crucial to know what USB cable is best to use for your various pieces of gear. Thankfully for us, technologist Joseph Thio is back once again with another insightful video talking about everything USB-related.
The video begins with Thio discussing how the charger, cable, and device influence the charging process and how to determine the capabilities of these components. He then explains the two primary types of USB charging: Standard USB Charging and USB Power Delivery. Standard USB Charging is common in smaller, older devices, whereas USB Power Delivery offers faster charging and is found in newer laptops, phones, and even monitors.
Thio also highlights the significant differences in USB cables. He uses a chart to demonstrate the various connector combinations and their maximum power support. He warns of the potential danger of using the wrong cable, explaining how some might not properly communicate with the devices, possibly leading to overcharging and damage. While Thio reassures that this issue mainly pertains to older cables, he advises caution with online purchases, as outdated stock might still be sold.
For photographers, understanding USB cables is essential, albeit not the most thrilling topic. Thio's video underscores the importance of knowing the power capabilities of cables for both safety and optimal charging speeds. Quick charging allows photographers to return to their work sooner. Despite the temptation, opting for a cheap USB cable from a discount store isn't worth the risk.
Are you aware of the differences between various USB cables? Do you still consider using inexpensive cables with your high-end equipment? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.