Types of Charging Cords

This is the era of smartphones and smart gadgets. From tracking how many steps you've walked in a day to opening emails, everything is now available with a flick of our fingertips.

The boom of smartphones can be attributed to one fundamental feature: convenience and portability. You can even run businesses with just a tablet or a phone these days. These small gadgets carry so much power and allow us to connect to friends and colleagues from all across the globe.

Of course, these powerful gadgets consume a lot of energy with every feature and program offered. That’s why it's important to invest in good charging materials for the longevity of your devices.

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We all want to get our money’s worth right?

Here in the Power Aware Community, we’re not only concerned about maximizing your battery life but we want you to tune into your charging habits.

You’d think that overcharging only disrupts your battery life, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The longer you keep your devices plugged beyond charging time, you stack up on electricity bills and put yourself at risk of overheating.

The biggest problem comes in the long run. The habit of keeping your devices plugged for long hours is not good for the environment. We aim to spread awareness when it comes to power consumption and gear individuals towards a sustainable and conscious lifestyle.

If you’re looking to switch your old power cables here’s everything you need to know about the different types of charging cables in the market:

  • Phone Charger (Mini-USB)

  • Micro-USB

  • Type C

  • Apple

  • USB versions 1, 2, and 3

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Although mini-USB connections are becoming rare, they still exist. It's also used by several PC peripherals.

This is common in flip-tops and certain tough phones, for example. This is because the mini-USB connection and socket are more durable than the micro-USB counterpart. Similarly, this is why digital cameras and other gadgets have continued to utilize a mini-USB port long after it was declared obsolete.


The micro-USB connection is presently the most widely used connector for smartphones and tablets in general. Micro-USB connectors quickly became the standard for smartphone makers.

Given that the adoption of the standard by the EU for all mobile devices sold in Europe was a major factor. To keep costs down, Samsung, LG, and others choose to utilize a single kind for international distribution.

This is the closest the smartphone industry has ever gotten to a charging standard.

Apple, on the other hand, took their own path

There are micro-A and micro-B USB connections, just to add to the confusion. With this in mind, micro-B is used by the vast majority of cellphones. However, you should make sure you have the correct cable to prevent damaging your phone's charging port.

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Type-C cables

The future of USB charging for smartphones is USB-C, often known as Type C. The USB-C standard uses the same connection on both ends. Furthermore, since they are totally reversible, those connections have no up or down.

For speedier charging, USB-C technology would be included into the present Lightning connection.

Charger for Apple

If you are familiar with the apple ecosystem you know that one of the perks that come with the branad is their unique cord.

You'll still have the original 30-pin connection phone charger if you have an iPhone 4 or iPad 3 (or before). They moved to the Lightning (above) connection in the iPhone 5 and iPad 4.

Apple has incorporated rapid charging with a 20W USB-C port at the moment. The lightning connection stays the same, but the USB-C end is much smaller. It's compatible with iPhones 8 and above, and it's best for the iPad Air and Pro.

USB versions 1, 2, and 3

The first USB standard phone charger was USB 1, and the latest was USB 3.1 before USB-C was approved. To be clear, the numbers simply represent the transfer speeds that are possible, and all ports are backwards compatible.

A USB 1 device, for example, maybe plugged into a USB 3 port on a computer. It will still charge or operate, but only at USB 1 rates. USB 3 devices feature a unique connection that is built into the device. This is to aid backward compatibility, although the technology is otherwise the same.

Now that you're familiar with the different types of cables, we have good news for you!

There’s no time like today to choose the better path! Switch to PAC for a better future. Power Aware Cables come in Micro-USB, USB C, Apple Lightning, Multi-contact, USB C to Apple Lightning and USB C to USB C.