A Google Engineer is reviewing all USB Type-C chargers on Amazon to inform customers which ones are safe for use on their devices


The USB Type-C take over has already started, and as this year comes to an end, we expect to see a few more smartphones and tablets hit the market bundling compatibility for the third-generation connection.

As it stands, handsets that currently feature Type-C ports only ship with a single cable and that annoyingly doesn’t support computer connectivity, so if users want to transfer files to their devices, they have to purchase an additional wire or adapter.

However, these accessories aren’t cheap, so customers veer towards the more affordable, third-party cables readily available on marketplaces, such as Amazon and eBay, but that’s not a good thing.

Many consumers have reported that these chargers have caused harm to their handsets, so Google Engineer Benson Leung has taken it upon himself to purchase a selection of Type-C connectors from Amazon to test and see if they meet the standard specifications for use on his Nexus device.

So far, Leung has been through seven cables and claims the $19.99 Belkin and $14.99 iOrange-E cables are the only two that are safe to use on units that support USB Type-C. The others can cause potentially dangerous side effects, like overheating.

Source: Google+