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USB-A and USB-C – What’s the difference?

USB-A and USB-C – What’s the difference?

The USB Type C connector is now being adopted by all the major manufacturers of mobile devices (phones, tablets etc) and has already been incorporated into some laptops. This is not only because of its small form factor and the fact that it is reversible, making it simpler and easier to use, but also because it enables significantly faster charging than was possible with the USB Type A connector, whilst at the same time (for relevant devices) replacing all former AV/data connections, such as VGA, HDMI, USB-A, RJ45.
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USB Safety

USB Safety

Many of us buy USB chargers online or on the high street simply because they are cheaper! However, many of us don't realise that these cheap chargers could actually put us at risk of electrical shocks and even fire!
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What is Type-C?

What is Type-C?

Type-C USB is quickly emerging as the new standard for transmitting not only power but also data. What is USB Type-C? And why do I need it?
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The True Cost of Counterfeit USB chargers

The True Cost of Counterfeit USB chargers

Electrical Safety First is the UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents. Their aim is to ensure everyone in the UK can use electricity safely. In this report they explore the reality of how dangerous counterfeit electrical products are including counterfeit USB chargers.
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Is your business ready for fast USB charging?

Is your business ready for fast USB charging?

Is your business ready for fast USB charging? Not all USB chargers are created equal - some trickle charge, some fast/smart charge but not many charge at the OPTIMUM rate for every device using IDR (Intelligent Device Recognition), and not every USB charger is safe.
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All USB chargers are not made equal

All USB chargers are not made equal

All USB chargers look alike, they all have the same familiar USB socket – they must all be the same, right? Wrong! USB chargers are complex pieces of electronics with over 50 components all working together to get the charge bar moving across your smart phone or tablet. They handle the difficult task of transforming the potentially dangerous 240V AC mains power from your wall socket to a safe 5V DC – and all of this often in a space smaller than a golf ball.
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The True Cost of Counterfeit USB chargers

A dozen USB chargers in the lab

When you buy a USB charger, how do you know if you're getting a safe, high-quality charger for your money? You can't tell from the outside if a charger provides silky-smooth power or if it is a dangerous charger that emits noisy power that cause touchscreen malfunctions[1] and could self-destruct.
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The Dangers of Cheap USB Chargers

The Dangers of Cheap USB Chargers

All USB chargers look alike, they all have the same familiar USB socket – they must all be the same, right? Wrong! USB chargers are complex pieces of electronics
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