Using a new USB C data cable can be confusing and difficult if you don’t know what to do. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to apply your new USB C data cable the correct way!
How to Choose a USB C Cable
If you’re upgrading to a USB-C connection, or just starting out and need a cable, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure your device supports USB Type-C. Second, consider the length of the cable you need. Third, be aware of the different types of connectors and how to care for them. Finally, figure out which connector on your device connects to which connector on the cable. Here are more tips:
-Your devices should support USB Type-C
Only recently has USB Type-C become the dominant type of connector in laptops and other portable devices. So if your device doesn’t support USB Type-C yet, it may not work with a USB C cable. Check the specifications for your device to see if it supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 (or higher) or USB Type-C.
-Consider the length of your cable
Most cables come in lengths between 2 and 6 feet (60 cm to 180 cm). If you’ll be connecting your device to an external display or charging station, go for a longer cable. Otherwise, stick with something short enough that it will fit under your desk or across your room without being tangled up.
-Be aware of different types of connectors
There are three main types of connectors on most devices: MicroUSB, Lightning (30-pin), and USB Type-C (the new standard). Figure out which connector on your device connects to which connector
How to Apply USB C Cables
If you’re upgrading from a USB 3.0 connection to the new USB Type-C connection, be sure to follow these tips for applying and caring for your cables:
- Get the right cable. The type of cable you need will depend on your device and its connector. Most devices that use a USB Type-C connector require a USB Type-C data cable. Apple’s Macs use the newer reversible USB-C connector, so they require a USB Type-C to USB C data cable. Older PCs and other devices that use a standardUSB 2.0 or 3.0 connector don’t need a new data cable; they can use their existing USB 3.0 or 2.0 cables, respectively.
- Check the connectors first. Make sure each end of the cable is properly inserted into both of your device’s connectors—the one on the computer and the one on your device—before using the cable to connect them together. If one end is not properly seated, it can damage your device and/or the computer port it’s plugged into.
- Don’t overreach! Keep your arms close to your body when extending or retracting the cable so you don’t accidently pull on it too hard, causing damage or tearing in the wiring inside it (or worse).
If you’re still using a USB 3.0 connection, it’s time to upgrade! With the arrival of USB Type-C, now is the time to make the switch to USB C data cables. In this article, we’ll discuss some tips on how to apply and care for your new USB Type-C connection. If you’re looking for a USB C data cable that meets all your needs, be sure to check out CableCreation‘s selection!