The confusion around which cable you need for different devices isn’t anything new. With all of us now using a variety of devices throughout the day, it can be a little frustrating to know what charging cable you need for each one.
So, here’s a fool-proof guide to all the basic cable connector heads.
At Native Union, we mostly make cables with combinations of 3 different connector types. USB-A, Lightning, and USB-C.
Every cable has two sides - when using a charging cable, one side gets connected to a device, and the other gets connected to a power source.
The different combinations of cable types are named as follows: "Side 1" to "Side 2".
For example, "USB-A to USB-C" is a cable with a USB-A connector on one side, and a USB-C connector on the other.
USB-A to Lightning
If you’re an iPhone user, this is probably the cable most familiar to you – the signature iPhone, iPad, and AirPods charger. Connect with a laptop, powerbank, wall or car charger to charge any of your Apple devices.
USB-A to USB-C
The most standard solution for your Type-C devices like the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and more. You can pair this with the same powerbanks, wall or car charger as you would a USB-A to Lightning cable to charge any Type-C device.
A note on USB-C Charging
The USB-A to USB-C cable above is used for charging devices that take USB-C connectors, however, it has a USB-A side to be connected to power sources, such as laptops, powerbanks, wall or car chargers.
USB-A has been around for a while, but recently, there’s been a pretty widespread transition towards a new kind of connector head for power sources: USB-C. While adding another connector to the mix might seem to just add to the confusion, it’s actually a move that’ll eventually make our lives with tech much more streamlined.
Created as a new standard for charging, the idea is that all our everyday tech devices will eventually become Type-C devices - the same goes for power sources. We’re already seeing more and more devices across the market adopt USB-C – think all the recent MacBooks, iPads, Galaxies, and Chromebooks.
Soon, you’ll be able to use the same charging cable for your whole range of everyday tech essentials.
In addition to eliminating the need for a different cable for each device, USB-C brings with it another advantage – Power Delivery, or PD for short. It’s a new technology that’s capable of delivering much more power to charge your device in the shortest time yet.
PD is already available for iPhone 8 or later, Type-C MacBooks, iPad Pro, and more.
USB-C to Lightning
A faster, upgraded version of the original Apple charging cable. Connect to the new MacBooks or a Type-C car or wall charger to power your Apple devices even faster.
PD only works with a USB-C to Lightning or USB-C to USB-C cables plugged into a USB-C power source.
USB-C to USB-C
The cable you’ll need for all your newest tech – new MacBooks, iPads, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixels. Pair with any of our PD chargers, or any other charger with a Type-C port to fast-charge and save more time in your day.
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