Why USB-C Cables Are Risky For Your Laptop

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Here's the answer: 

Laptops are getting destroyed by the "cheap-alternative" third party USB-C cables which have faulty wiring. In other words, the "bootleg" cables.

Now that laptops are evolving, the new way to charge them are with USB-C cables. With that being known, everyone should be aware of the wear and tear their native chargers endure from daily use. And of course, we know these chargers are expensive. So when it's time to replace them, we head over to Amazon.

According to a most recent article by The Verge, a cheap third party USB-C cable draws WAY too much power from laptop connected to it. Google engineer Benson Leung, plugged in his USB-C cableto his Chromebook Pixel. Instantly, his laptop died.

The Verge's Dieter Bohnplugged in his Nexus 6P to his Macbook Air's USB ports via a cheap USB-C cable. Thankfully, Apple programmed it's computers with a defense mechanism against power overloads, which allowed the ports to temporarily shut down. However, even after Bohn's Macbook ports turned themselves back on, they only worked intermittently, mainly due to damage caused from the cable.

 Macbook's new USB-C Port.

Macbook's new USB-C Port.

So the big question is this - "why does this occur?"

Dieter Bohn: "The problem is that when you plug a USB device in, it starts drawing power. If it tries to pull too much power, the device that supplies it can burn out. It is the fault of the cable, which is supposed to protect both sides from screwing up the energy equation with resistors and proper wiring."

Here's your best solution to prevent instant laptop death or permanent technical damage:

Don’t buy cut-rate USB-C cables. Simply purchase the more expensive ones - which happen to be your manufacturer's default charging wire, built for it specifically.

A sucky solution, but it's the best option for now until third party developers can get it right. Your laptop doesn't deserve to get fried for this. 

To read more on this issue, head over to The Verge here.

 Third-party USB-C cables.

Third-party USB-C cables.