All about charging cables

by George Lovell | | 0 comments

Like most gadgets and consumer electronics, charging cables are available in a variety of lengths, widths, styles, materials, qualities, colours, speeds, genders, energy efficiencies, molecular densities and midi-chlorian concentrations.

But really, a cable's just a cable... Right?

Oh-no, young Padawan.

There are four wires inside of your charging cable - white and green; positive and negative; are for data. A red wire carries 5 volts of direct current (DC) power. A black wire grounds the power.

The amount of power that the cable can transmit is determined by the size of the red and black wires. Larger wires can carry larger currents - measured in amps. the amount of current transferred is limited by it's length - meaning a shorter cable with the same wiring will charge (slightly) more quickly.

Most modern smart devices are fast-charge compatible, meaning that they will accept large currents. If not, internal components close the gate to protect themselves from damage.

A good quality cable will not only charge your device more quickly, but also protect against voltage spikes; which can damage internal components. Secondly, it's a case of buy cheap; buy twice. Poorer quality cables are more susceptible to wear-and-tear, as a result of being repeatedly rammed in and yanked out of ports throughout the day - kids seem to be particularly aggressive with their cables.

The take-home message here is to buy your cables from reputable companies - including but not limited too but especially Talkback Comms. And to use the pound shop for mysterious, glow in the dark energy drinks and snacks, not electronics equipment.

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