PSA: don't use the OnePlus 2 USB Type-C cable with phones that support fast charging

PSA: don't use the OnePlus 2 USB Type-C cable with phones that support fast charging
A couple of weeks ago, Benson Leung, a Google hardware engineer from the Pixel team, started on the journey of reviewing various USB Type-C cables and adapters available on Amazon. As it was to be expected, Leung found that not all USB Type-C cables are built the same and that some might actually damage your devices or accessories.

In a Google+ post from earlier today, Leung wars that the USB Type-C cable and adapter that come with the OnePlus 2 can damage a certain type of USB accessories.

The OnePlus 2 was one of the first smartphones to feature the new reversible USB Type-C connector. Unfortunately, however, the decision come with a major drawback for the second incarnation of the "Flagship Killer", as the OnePlus 2 does not support fast charging due to the lack of a proper controller.

Leung found that the USB Type-C cable and adaptor that OnePlus currently sells integrate non-standard resistors. If you'll use the USB Type-C cable to connect a charger, a power bank, or a USB hub to a smartphone that supports fast charging, there's the risk that you will damage the accessory. As such, Leung recommends not to use the USB Type-C cable from OnePlus with the Google Pixel or the new Nexus smartphones. 

The cable will not cause any damage when using it to connect the OnePlus 2 with accessories, as the phone does not support fast charging.

source: Benson Leung via Neowin

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10 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Benson Leung...you da real MVP.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Oneplus fell off this year, and this is is one of their products. There is a spreadsheet you can look at to see which one he'd given the thumbs up or thumbs down here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wJwqv3rTNmORXz-XJsQaXK1dl8I91V4-eP_sfNVNzbA/htmlview?usp=sharing&pli=1&sle=true

3. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

TechnoBuffalo beat you to it... and it's not just OnePlus's USB-C adapter/connector.. it's varies USB-C ports from all over the web for sell.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dang, I remember OnePlus really capitalizing on the fact that they were the first one to the market with the USB Type-C connector. I guess that this whole ordeal really highlights the lack of quality the overall hardware is for the phone.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

One plus did some sloppy stuff this year. They under clocked the 810 to 1.8Ghz (really, they could have waited some weeks for the 810 v2.1), the OPX using the 801 AA version than the AB, and now this among other things. It really questions me how long Oneplus will really last, with more competition and still an invite system on initial launch.

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

OnePlus has done sloppy stuff since they started selling phones. Their motto has pretty much been "We're Sorry"

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

+1 Can't deny that, especially after the terrible customer service you'll see many complaining about in their forums. Thankfully though, have never needed that service since It got my OnePlus One over a year ago, my first ever Android handset and no hardware complaints... Software, took a lot of patience to control all the privacy-invading nodes google has all over android and avoid breaking features, but it's a 1-time thing with XPrivacy and DisableServices...now I can just backup and restore their settings on whichever device I use.

6. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

:/ :/

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Uh Oh......

9. Paella

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

the true "flagship killer 2016"

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