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Amazon stops selling crappy USB-C cables

by Brandon Russell | March 30, 2016March 30, 2016 12:20 pm PST

Late last year, a Google engineer found out the hard way that using the wrong USB-C cable can fry your gadgets. Now, in an effort to protect consumers, Amazon is refusing to sell any non-compliant USB-C cables, meaning you can be confident in what you’re purchasing.

Amazon’s decision to ban non-compliant USB-C cables joins other prohibited listings, which include radar jammers, Wi-Fi jammers, laser pointers, and more. Even more specifically, here’s exactly what Amazon says it’s not selling: “Any USB-C (or USB Type-C) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by “USB Implementers Forum Inc.”

USB-C still hasn’t gone mainstream but it is available in a lot of newer gadgets, such as the Apple MacBook, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. As such, it’s important customers know what they’re buying lest their gadgets are destroyed.

The aforementioned Google engineer, Benson Leung learned, that not all USB-C cables are created equal; some with Type-A connectors are unable to handle the 3 amps that UCB-C is capable of delivering, which could spell disaster. However, now that Amazon no longer sells non-compliant USB-C cables, you won’t have to worry about your phone potentially going up in flames.

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