Lithium charging security

Don’t do this! (There’s a much safer way) Big Clive discovered there’s a “thing” going around where people are charging lithium cells by attaching a stripped USB lead directly to them. Normally lithium cells are very safe if undamaged and correct charging procedures are used. But overcharging them like this can result in cell

EU mandates USB-C charging

The European Parliament and the Council of Europe have announced the introduction of a universal charger for mobile devices is to be taken to use. The preliminary agreement on the reform of the Radio Equipment Directive means that certain electronic devices will in future be charged with the same charger. By autumn 2024, USB Type-C

USB port colors

Nowadays you can see USB A ports in many colors like black, blue, teal blue, yellow, red and other colors. For the most part, the color of the USB port indicates the version of the port, but there are few exceptions. This article will tell you what those colors usually mean. Please bear in mind

USB cable with light effect teardown

Cheap usb cable with light effect did not work reliably anymore (short service life cheap Chinese crap) so it is teardown time. Let’s open Inside I see three LEDs and plastic fiber optic cables connected to those LEDs. Those fiber optic cables are here not for fast data transfer fiber optic is usually known for.

USB C vs US outlet

Have you noticed that the size of the USB C plug is such that it is possible to insert it to an US outlet. The USB C connector just fits to the wider prong hole in the US connector (slightly too big for thinner prong hole). It is even possible to make the USB connector

USB spy cables are here

Can a USB data cable be altered into a Spying data? Absolutely YES! There are many potential problems with USB cables. The USB Security is fundamentally broken and modern electronics can be made so small that you can fit all kinds of nasty circuits inside USB cable if you want to do that. And some

Higher power USB-C will deliver 240W

Today’s USB-C charging can support up to 100 watts. But that’s not enough for all gaming laptops and other power-hungry devices. There seems to be real need for more USB power because some manufacturers have sold off-spec 130W USB-C adapters. The new standard capacity of 240 watts is enough to run larger monitors, printers, gaming

Friday Fun: USB is dangerous?

I saw an alarming sounding headline with worrying picture: Man Goes Up In Flames After Pulling Out USB Stick Without Safely Removing It First “Authorities suspect the cause of the fire can be traced to Murphy previously pulling a USB stick out of his computer without safely removing it beforehand.” This was clearly parody

Micro USB and Apple combined connector

There are standard USB connectors and non-standard special custom connectors in different USB cables. On those special non-standard USB connectors, I have earlier covered Reversible USB connectors that make old USB connectors (like USB A and micro-USB) so that they can be plugged in both ways (like USB type C connector). One day when I