A Google Engineer is Publicly Shaming Crappy USB-C Cables

By Chris Mills on at

All cables are not created equal: some will charge most efficiently, others might just fry your battery. Google Chromebook engineer and Caped Cable Crusader Benson Leung has been testing USB-C cables, and it’s not just the no-brand products that have been failing.

Leung’s campaign mostly consists of buying USB-C cables via Amazon, testing them to see if they meet the minimum standards or if they’re just knock-offs, and then leaving scathing reviews. Cables and chargers fail in all sorts of different ways, although incorrect resistors seem to be a common problem that Leung has encountered.

Although the bulk of faulty adapters are coming from no-brand accessory resellers, there’s one particularly interesting failure: Leung has called out the OnePlus USB-C cable and adapter. They’ll work just fine if you only ever use them with OnePlus devices, but if you ever get crazy and try and use that USB-C cable to charge another USB-C device (say, a Nexus 6P) you might damage your shiny gizmo, according to these findings.

Read more of Leung's accessory-based exploits over on his blog page. [Google+]