AMAZON HAS confirmed that it will ban potentially dangerous USB-C cables that don't fully meet the specifications.
This marks the culmination of a campaign by Google engineer Benson Leung, who sacrificed his own Chromebook Pixel machine in the quest to test for the best and the rest.
Leung has systematically bought and reviewed USB-C cables on Amazon for some time after it was discovered that manufacturers of a lot of the cheaper versions hadn't made allowances for the large currents that the new format can carry.
As a result, a particularly bad cable that carried the USB-C moniker and size, but not the specification, fried not only his Pixel but two PD devices used for testing the very thing that caused the borkage.
Amazon has now stepped in to put a stop to the free-for-all on crappy cables. The retailer's list of prohibited electronics items now includes 'any USB-C (or USB Type-C) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by USB Implementers Forum Inc'.
Leung enthused on his Google+ page (we read Google+ because no-one else will): "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."
OnePlus, one of the first smartphone makers to adopt the new standard, offered a voluntary refund to customers after it was discovered that its bundled USB-C cables didn't make the cross-compatibility grade, although they worked fine on the devices for which they were made.
OnePlus has since updated to compliant cables.
Newer Macs, Chromebooks and the Nvidia Shield TV are among a growing number of devices beginning to adopt USB-C, but the standards-within-standards go further than just power.
Storage vendors have warned that some early USB-C storage devices offer no speed boost over their predecessors, making universal adoption of the supposedly unifying standard even further off. µ
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