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Diving Deep on Cables (USB-A and USB-C)

In today’s society, there’s a good chance you have a smartphone, smartwatch, laptop, or perhaps all three. With these continuing advances in technology, comes the need for more power and charging capability. Amongst the assortment of products you have, there’s a good chance you have twice as many chargers. You hear about the different types; USB-C, USB-A, Lightning, micro-USB, the list goes on and on. For the sake of this article, dear reader, we are going to break down the first two.


Likely the one you are most familiar with. Let’s use an iPhone in this example. Take the rectangular end of the charging cable that plugs into the wall charger cube.

Here you have USB-A. This is the most recognizable and commonly used connector. Whether you are charging a smartphone, a portable charger, or smartwatch, there’s a pretty good chance one end of your charging cable has a USB-A input.


We’ve all experienced the frustration of trying to plug a USB-A cable in, only to have to flip it around time and time again to properly orient. With USB-C, that frustration gets eliminated. As rates of adoption of USB-C increase, you are more likely to see devices such as laptops move to USB-C as a primary charging port. It is quickly becoming the standard port for charging devices and transferring data, and rightfully so. USB-C Power Delivery, while not available on all devices, provides the possibility of faster data transfer and charging times.

Still unsure of what USB-C looks like? It’s shaped like a jellybean, or a really flat oval, or a race track. Expect to see USB-C become much more pervasive across multiple devices and brands, given that it carries the ability to charge both laptops and smartphones with the same cable.

The Ubio Labs Power Series chargers feature USB-A output (charges another device), USB-C input and output (it charges another device and receives a charge) and a Lightning input. That last one is especially important. Rather than needing two separate cables to charge your power bank and your phone, you can use the same cable to charge both. This comes in handy especially when traveling.

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