Problematic USB Type-C cables and adapters are now banned on Amazon
How sweet is that new USB Type-C standard? Extremely, ensuring all charging and data transfer ports and accessories are created equal (we’re looking at you, Apple), and eliminating the possibility of plugging a compatible device in the wrong way.
When combined with 3.1 technology, it’s even greater, letting you swap digital content between supporting gadgets at mind-blowing speeds. Unfortunately, the two don’t go hand in hand on mainstream phones yet, and USB-C can often do more harm than good if you’re not very careful about the cables and adapters you buy.
On the bright side, a Google Software Engineer by the name of Benson Leung has set out on a quest to identify and eradicate iffy USB Type-C accessories one by one last fall, and now finally, Amazon joins the good fight.
The retailer has a very long list of prohibited electronics items, and in addition to stuff like radar jammers, blocker devices, laser flares and cell phone unlocking products, “any USB-C (or USB Type-C) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by USB Implementers Forum Inc.” cannot be sold anymore through the hugely popular website.
Exactly how can a cable or adapter fail to comply with standard Type-C specifications? Usually, by drawing too much power and potentially frying up either an energy supply or, even worse, your costly smartphone or laptop.
Way to go, Amazon, although it took you long enough, and as Leung suggests, poor customer feedback will still be required for faulty products to be taken down. It’s not like Amazon can test each and every little thing third-party sellers will try to peddle to unsuspecting buyers.