Amazon Bans Cheap, Faulty USB-C Cables

NicoleMotta - March 30, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Amazon Bans Cheap, Faulty USB-C Cables

Following reports of the danger of shoddy USB-C cables, Amazon is taking action against these subpar cables.

Over the last few months, Google Engineer Benson Leung has been testing several USB cables and adaptors for compliance with the standards. Last month, while testing a USB 3.1 Type-C SuperSpeed cable from a company called SurjTech which he purchased from Amazon, Leung blew up his test gear. "Hi, Benson here, doing another USB Type-C legacy cable review. This one will probably be the last one I do for a little while, because this cable (1-star review score, straight off) seriously damaged the laptop computer I am using for these reviews, a Chromebook Pixel 2015, and two USB PD Sniffer devices (Twinkie)," wrote Leung in a review of the cable. (The cable is no longer available, but the review is available here). According to Leung, the cable was "completely miswired" and "a total recipie [sic] for disaster."

This week, Leung reported that Amazon had taken note of his reviews and made an addendum to its listings policy. Amazon added "Any USB-C™ (or USB Type-C™) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by 'USB Implementers Forum Inc.'" to its examples of prohibited listings. "What does this mean? It means that cable manufacturers who sell poorly made or intentionally deceptive #USB #Type-C cables and adapters are banned from Amazon, officially," said Leung in a Google+ post. "Really great news, but we all have to continue to be vigilant and call out any bad products we find on Amazon and other stores (both online and brick and mortar) as we find them."

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