USB-A to USB-C Cables: Why Do We Need Them?

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USB ports have been evolving over the years – from USB-A to the latest iteration of USB-C (the new standard connector going forward).

However, while USB-C is increasingly becoming a popular port of choice for big electronic brands, there are still many existing devices like our laptops and wall chargers that are still only equipped only with the older USB-A technology.

So, what does this mean for consumers like you? Do you need to throw away your old devices in favour of new ones?  Fortunately for our landfills and our wallets, that is not the case, we can easily use connector cables like USB-A to USB-C cables to help bridge the gap.

Curious to learn more about the difference between these two USB types?

Read on!

USB-A - The Original USB Port 

If you own any electronic device at all, you would most likely be familiar with this USB port – easily recognized by its rectangular shape.

The USB-A is commonly acknowledged as the “original” USB connector used in modern electronic devices. From laptops, video game consoles, and streaming players to flash drives and more, this ubiquitous technology is everywhere.

For years, it has remained the choice technology for data and power transfer because of its reliability and widespread usage.

However, it does come with downsides like the frustration when it comes to insertion as it needs to be the right side up, and “slower” charging and data transfer speeds.

And that’s why technology has evolved, to come with an iteration of the USB to resolve these drawbacks with the USB-A.

USB-C - The Next-Gen of USB Tech

The next generation of USB technology meant to replace all USB ports that came before it is the USB-C!

The USB-C unlike its predecessor is shaped uniquely as a symmetrical oblong port – which works no matter which way you insert the connector, resolving one of the greatest frustrations with the USB-A.

But that’s not the only improvement! The biggest and most significant upgrade with the USB-C is its higher power and data transfer capacity – now allowing devices to be charged a lot more quickly and transfer all sorts of data at high speeds.

With so much potential, it’s little wonder why large technology manufacturers like Microsoft, Dell, Samsung, Apple, Nintendo, and more worldwide are hopping on the bandwagon to replace USB-A with USB-C ports on their devices.

Just look at any of your latest electronic devices and you should be able to spot a USB-C port on it.

Worried about what this means for your old devices? Not to worry, the technology has been designed to be backward compatible with USB-A devices with the help of adaptors, cable connectors, and more.

Get Your USB-A to USB-C Cables for Ease of Connectivity

Looking forward to charging your new USB-C devices with your USB-A devices or Type A wall chargers? At AUKEY, you can find a wide variety of USB-A to USB-C cables to help you with that!

  • CB-BAL5 – A highly durable 3-in-1 nylon braided cable that allows you to charge a wide variety of devices with its three interchangeable build-in connectors (Micro USB, USB-C, and Lightning)
  • CB-AC2 – An extra-long 2m tangle-free nylon braided cable that comes with fast charging (Qualcomm Quick Charge, Huawei FCP, and Samsung AFC) and data transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps.
  • CB-AKC2 – A 2m long USB-A to USB-C cable reinforced with a kevlar core to strengthen stress points and lab tested for durability. 

Interested to shop for more USB-A to USB-C cables? Head over to our online store to see more!