Amazon banning sale of non-compliant USB Type-C cables

Amazon banning sale of non-compliant USB Type-C cables
Amazon banning sale of non-compliant USB Type-C cables
Google software engineer Benson Leung had been warning users of dangerous USB Type-C cables and Amazon is finally stepping in to prevent further sales from unauthorized sellers.

Amazon has responded to the flood of dangerous USB Type-C cables that may pose a risk to smartphones, laptops, and other electronics that make use of the newly introduced reversible USB port. As stated on Amazon's Restricted Products guidelines, the sale of any USB Type-C cables or adapters that are not compliant with standard specifications issued by the USB Implementations Forum Inc. is prohibited.

The online seller apparently moved forward with the action due to warnings from Chrome OS software engineer Benson Leung, who had long been posting comments on the website warning users of non-compliant "fake" USB Type-C cables that do not meet official specifications. Leung had specifically recommended USB Type-C cables and adapters from OnePlus for those who wanted a quality inexpensive official cable.

Leung first noted that certain cables may not have been manufactured according to specifications when one of his own USB-C chargers damaged his Chromebook Pixel. The cable had incorrect transistors and was even wired incorrectly, which can damage the very devices that were supposed to be charged.

A growing number of newer smartphones and notebooks are transitioning to the more versatile USB Type-C port including the Nexus 5X, OnePlus 2, and XPS 15.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-03-31 (Update: 2016-03-31)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.