USB cables – customised configurations
USB cables are used to wire electronic devices together. They are one of the most popular connector standards available on the market. Among other things, USB cords allow peripherals such as a mouse or keyboard to be connected to a computer. And all this without installation additional drivers. USB cables are also great for fast charging of smartphones, tablets or laptops, especially if you use a USB-C charger with Power Delivery.
In the offer of the Akyga brand you will find a huge selection of USB cables with different parameters. Thus, you can easily charge your mobile phone or connect an external drive to your PC.
USB cables – types
It's worth knowing that there are different types of USB cables available on the market. They offer numerous configurations of terminations and physical parameters. Among other things, each cable is characterised by a different type of connector, as well as current strength and bandwidth. The bandwidth, and at the same time the speed of data transmission, is determined by the quality of the cable and the USB standard. In addition, USB cables are available in various lengths. From a few centimetres to even several tens of metres.
At the moment, we can list 5 USB cable standards. These are:
- USB 1.0 and 1.1 cables, which have been on the market since 1996. They provide data transmission of 1.5 Mbps and 12 Mbps.
- USB 2.0 cables, which became available for sale to the general public 4 years later, and this standard allows for the transmission of information at 60 MB/s.
- USB 3.0 cables (USB 3.2 Gen 1), known since 2008. They consume much less energy and additionally offer simultaneous transmission and reception of data (full-duplex) at 625 Mbps.
- USB 3.1 (USB 3.2 Gen 2) cables with a bandwidth of 1.25 GB/s.
- USB 3.2 cables, which are now called USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 and allow data transfer at 2.5 GB/s.
- USB 4 cables with an increased and highest ever throughput of 40 Gbps and a maximum charging power of 240 watts.
Read more about the USB connector standards in the article: Changing the naming of USB standards over the years.
USB cables – plug types
It is also worth paying attention to the type and kind of connector with which our USB cable is terminated. We can come across cables with a male-to-male connector, as well as male-to-female cables that act as extenders. As well as being male or female, each of the cable's connectors also has its own type. The most common types of USB connectors include:
- USB-A connector, also available in a mini version, which can often be found in digital cameras or older types of mp3 players.
- USB-B connector, most commonly used in printers and other office devices.
- USB-C connector, a symmetrical end found in modern smartphones or tablets.
USB cables can also have mixed configurations with other types of connectors. The Akyga brand's offer includes, among others, cables ending with a USB plug on one side and a Lightning, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI or DC connector on the other.