USB TYPES EXPLAINED

Although a charging cable has two differently shaped ends - or connectors - it takes the name of the connector that is not USB Type-A. That's because USB Type-A is the most commonly used USB port and connector, so the alternative type is the main differentiator. The USB type A is the classic flat, rectangular shape and is used by most computers, tablets, game consoles (PlayStation, XBox), peripheral devices (e.g. keyboard and mouse) and flash drives / memory sticks.

USB LIGHTNING 

An Apple iPhone charging cable is called a charging cable with a USB Lightning connector. The latest Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, and iPods) all have a Lightning connector.

Some of the newer Apple products (iPhone 12) use a charging cable with a USB Lightning connector on one end of the cable and a USB Type-C connector on the other end.

Apple recently introduced the Type-C USB port on the iPhone 12. If you have the iPhone 12, you need a charging cable with a USB Type-C connector to a USB Lightning connector. You can purchase these from ENJOOY for CHF 5 (Lightning to USB C (1m) charging cable data cable [iPhone 12]).

The following table shows which Apple devices are using with a USB Lightning connection. In addition to the Apple products, the wireless Bluetooth headphones TWS i12 and the wireless ones Bluetooth headphones TWS Pro both have a USB Lightning connector.

USB TYPE C 

The USB Type C has a symmetrical, elongated shape and is relatively new to the market (2014). USB Type-C is faster than its predecessor, the USB micro charging cable. Samsung was an early adopter of the USB Type C connector, followed by Huawei and other smartphone manufacturers.

Charging cables with a USB Type-C connector are equipped for fast charging. This means that devices that use a USB Type-C connection will usually charge your phone faster than they would with a USB micro charging cable. However, you will need a wall charger or car charger that will transfer the higher wattage as well. Otherwise, a higher quality charging cable makes no sense if the cable cannot absorb enough watts.

Standard chargers that come with iPhones and older Android phones carry 1 ampere of current and deliver 5 watts of power. New quick chargers with technology like Quick Charge support 2 amps and 12 watts or more and may charge your phone up to four times faster.

USB TYPE MICRO

These connectors have some physical differences that allow you to distinguish them. USB Type C has an extended connector and is slightly larger than Micro-USB. It can be pushed up on both sides. Micro-USB can only be connected one way and has two hooks at the bottom to hold the cable. USB Micro is an older technology and loads more slowly.

CAN YOU CHARGE A USB TYPE-C DEVICE WITH A MICRO USB CHARGER?

Yes, but you need a special adapter. USB Type-C and Micro-USB (Type-B Micro) are not identical and do not fit into the other's ports on their own. Look for a USB Type-C to Micro USB adapter. This one has a USB Type-C port that connects to your device and a micro-USB port that you plug the charger into. You can get this from ENJOOY for CHF 3 erwerben.