The error with cables that can cause your cell phone to break without you realizing it

The cables can be very different from each other even if they have the same connector, and using the wrong one could damage your mobile.


The autonomy of Android furniture has evolved a lot over the years, and the same has happened with fast charging that comes integrated into smartphones. Nowadays it is not unusual to see devices with powers greater than 100 W or 125 W, something that makes the process extremely short.

However, there are times when fast charging does not work as it should, and the charger or cable used may be to blame. After the launch of the iPhone 15, some users have come to experience problems in this sense, but, luckily, the solution is simple.

Not all USB cables are the same, even though they have the same Type C connection. Although they cannot be distinguished with the naked eye, not all of them serve the same purpose, and some can play tricks on you when you need them most. In addition, the use of inappropriate cables can lead to damage to the phone or device being charged.

It must be taken into account, first of all, that some cables are intended exclusively for charging devices, that is, for transporting energy. There are others that, on the other hand, work in a mixed way, being able to transfer data and load. In mobile phone boxes, manufacturers usually include the latter, while with headphones and other accessories, the first type usually comes.

On the other hand, USB cables are separated into different categories. USB 2.0 is capable of transferring data at a speed of up to 480 Mbps, while USB 3.1 increases this figure to 5 Gbps, although it can reach up to 10 Gbps in the case of USB 3.1. The most basic, USB 1.0, only has a speed of 12 Mbps, while the USB 4.0 that will be used in the future has a speed up to 40Gbps.

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Mobile phone burned due to cable malfunction

For a large device, such as a computer, to be charged through a USB Type C port, it must be USB 3.1. This protocol also has the advantage that it is capable of transmitting video in 4K resolution, which allows the signal to be output to a monitor or Smart TV without the need for adapters.

However, these differences can be a problem if fake or defective cables are used. If the voltage does not follow the standards or poor filtering is done, It is possible to damage the mobile battery permanently.

Now the European Union has established the use of Type C as the standard that manufacturers must use for their medium-sized electronic devices such as headphones or mice, which will make us see this connector even more. Even the new iPhones integrate it already due to this regulation.

The main problem that USB Type C has as a standard is that on the outside they are all the same, but it is impossible to differentiate them with the naked eye. In most cases, the worst that can happen is that the mobile charges slower than expected, although it is true that there have been cases of users who have suffered damage to your devices due to using an unsuitable cable. In USB A, the big ones, when it is 3.0, its interior is colored blue, but with USB C there is no clue.

USB 3.1 cables with A, B and C headers

The best thing to use fast charging at maximum power or to transfer data as quickly as possible that a mobile phone allows is to use the original cable—or the one released for sale, like Apple—that comes with the device. Otherwise, it is advisable to make sure buy a suitable cable for it which will support the power of the charger and transmit that energy—and data, in many cases—correctly to the mobile.

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There are times when to save time and money many people use the first cable they have at home, and depending on the quality of the cable, this can cause damage to electronic devices, in addition to not working as intended. From TechSmart our recommendation is not to look for the cheapest cable, but rather to go for 3.0 models that can be used for longer and that offer guarantees in terms of power and transmission speed.

Luckily, you have a good internet connection and the files you want to extract from a mobile phone are not extremely large. It is possible to do this wirelessly, using Nearby Share. Failing that, you can also upload these files to a cloud storage service such as Google Drive and then download them to your computer using its desktop version.