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The Differences between Lightning, Micro and Type-C cables




There is a whole world of USB cables, and this industry keeps evolving since its development in the mid-90s where we have seen the earlier interfaces being replaced by now, very popular USB types for different devices and different functionalities.


Lightning Cable


This USB cable is very small – it is based on the USB 2.0 and was introduced as a replacement for the fiddly 30-pin dock connector in 2012. This adaptor allows you to connect two devices with a Lightning connector and uses 8 signal pins that can be used to connect to up to accessories such as your iPhone models, iPads models, and iPods 5th – 7th generation models and hosts computers, external monitors, cameras, USB battery chargers, etc.

Lightning has a processor in it that reroutes electrical signals and tells you if you’ve plugged it in correctly whether it's upside down or the right way up. The main concerns are that it may not be as fast as the thunderbolt or the 3.0 cables and while it ‘should’ be capable of delivering video output, the adaptor only supports analogue audio output, USB audio, syncing and charging, it, however, does not support video output.

With a Lightning connector on one end and a 30-pin Dock on the other or one with a USB connector on one end and a Lightning connector on the other, this adaptor may cost a pretty penny but it may be worth your dime as it enables you to connect to an existing Dock, USB cables, and a lightning port.


Micro USB Cables


Probably the most common charging cables, the Micro USB plug-and-play cable comes in 3 forms; Micro A, B, and USB 3, which has a greater speed is compatible with devices that have a Micro USB connection such as iPhones, iPads with retina display, 5th and 7th generation iPod Nano and the most common connector type for external power packs, speakers, A/B dual port devices, etc. While too long cables can be inconveniencing and prone to tangling, this durable USB charging cable has a 3ft cable that is great for portability when connected to a battery pack. Very ideal for travelling.


Type-C Cables


This USB type cable has a higher transfer rate and power than other USBs and the preferred choice when it comes to charging devices, which has almost phased out the bulky headphone jacks. The Type-C cable is all about the physical connection; it has a framework of being reversible, so in theory, an iPad could charge a Mac. It also has a backward compatible with other existing USB variants (adapters required) and has been designed to be small enough not to need any micro or mini variant. This USB cable builds on the USB 3.1 standard and brings with it, more power and speed advantage of the 3.1 USB that delivers up to 100w, a 10Gbps transfer rate.

We can now look forward to wireless charging ports for all devices in the future.




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