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How to Buy USB Cables

A USB cable is meant to connect devices and sometimes transfer information between the two. Belkin creates a range of black and white cables meant for varied applications, and the more you know about USB extension cables, the more you understand which Belkin cables are necessary for your specific needs and what price point you're looking at.

What Are Some Types of USB Cables?

These items are divided into various categories, with each category meant for a distinct purpose. As a result, make sure that you know which Belkin USB cable type you need before you purchase one. 

  • One of the ways that USB cables differ from each other is by speed. For instance, USB 2.0 cables can transfer data at speeds of 480 mps (megabits per second) or as fast as 60 MBps (megabytes per second.)
  • USB 3.0 cables can transfer at rates of 100 MBps and represent an updated version of USB 2.0 cables.
  • Even more recent than USB 3.0 is USB 3.1, which you may see some new devices using. This provides even faster data transfer than ever before, with up to 10 gigabits per second transferred. 

What Features Do USB Cables Have?

USB (Universal Serial Bus) connections are commonly used in several devices in multiple ways. Almost every day, you use one of these cables for some use or another.

  • Cables are used to connect devices to each other, like computers to printers, fax machines, or scanners.
  • USB cables aren't solely used for data transmission; they also transfer power, so you can use USB cables to charge devices like digital cameras or rechargeable batteries. They are also a common way to charge smartphones and usually come standard with newer models of mobile phones.
  • Since USB is a universal standard, cables are compatible with a range of devices, and the cables themselves are widely available. In addition, they're typically user-friendly.

What Are Some Connector Types?

Another distinct difference between USB connectors is the type of connectors they use. Some products may require a C-type connector, while others necessitate a B-type. You should know the difference so that you purchase the right Belkin USB cable when you need one.

  • B-type connectors are used for numerous peripherals and electronics and utilize a different shape than other cables do.
  • You may use a USB-C cable for an upgraded or newer product since these are the most up-to-date types of USB. They are fast, powerful, and have a reversible design.
  • Micro-USB connections are smaller than traditional USB connections are. They are mainly used for mobile phones and GPS products and often have a 5-pin design. They are further categorized by Micro-USB A, Micro-USB B, and Micro-USB AB. 

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