Talk:1892: USB Cables

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> Carries data but not power - Not typically done, but it could happen if the wires or pins get damaged.

> Charges phone slowly - More likely a problem with the charger than the cable, but may happen if the wires are damaged.

Some manufactures limits charging / fast charging to approved devices only, and this can also be done by some non-standard trick within cable connectors, so non-OEM cable do no charge or charge slower

>Plug doesn't fit through case - There's no standard for what the plastic housing around the USB connector should look like, and sometimes these are moulded so they don't quite fit in the phone socket or through the charging port of an external case.

There is standard defining clearances for plastic housing of connectors, but not all manufactures care

/mhcmega 15:52, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Not just an OEM-being-dicks thing. USB type C specification requires a smart chip inside the connector that communicates with the devices on each side and contains information about what protocols that cable is capable of, which pins are connected through, thunderbolt support, etc. 16:17, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

I think Weird shape has to do with mould doing a 90 degree turn. Trimutius (talk) 15:55, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Agreed. You can see the 90 degree turn in the silhouette. The plug isn't big enough to be Type B. 13:01, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

I honestly think this entire comic is a protracted anatomy joke. Elvenivle (talk) 00:54, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

At a first glance I thought the pictures on the left side were sperm. 20:24, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

And then there are all those cables I've saved in case I get a new device with that particular connector on the other end.

>Needs to be twisted to keep working. Might have to do with the wire, but most likely (our case for the 12-footers) is that a dropped phone messed up the plug, that then will charge only if the wire and the phone are set "just so". We keep those wires because they *are* 12-footers, natch.

Referring to title text, I am 'too short', as my charging cable is short.Boeing-787lover 15:56, 15 December 2017 (UTC)

USB-A to micro-usb or USB-c yes, but also mini-usb. A lot of cheap mp3 players still use it in 2020. (And given the limited life expectancy a device can expect when it is playing podcasts to me, I am not going to use an expensive device for that.) 17:47, 7 February 2020 (UTC)