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    USB Cables

    USB cables - also known as Universal Serial Bus cables - provide connection from computers and other host devices to peripherals, such as keyboards, printers, network adaptors and pointing devices. They are also used to provide electrical power to portable devices, such as mobile phones, portable media players, or handheld games consoles via a wall adaptor or computer. To find out more, please visit our ultimate guide to USB cables.

    USB cables have "A" plugs and "B" plugs, ensuring that only one side of the cable is connected to a power source, to prevent electrical overload. At RS, we have USB cables from many trusted brands, including Bulgin, Molex, Roline, StarTech, and our own RS PRO brand, among many others.

    Understanding the applications of a USB extension cable

    USB cables are typical components used to operate a wide range of devices for personal and professional use. USB cables are also used as chargers for portable devices, transferring power to devices such as mobile phones, tablets, smartwatches, and other electrical products.

    USB extension cables are also available, providing a longer connection between PCs and satellite peripherals, such as printers and scanners that aren't directly beside the PC unit. USB extension cables can also be useful when the back of a PC unit is inaccessible, allowing forward-facing USB ports on the front of the unit to be used. These extension cables are typically gone from a male USB connector to a female USB connector. USB cable are commonly found in the digital and media industries for use in audio and video applications.

    Understanding the different USB types

    There are a multitude of variations of USB connectors available, including: USB A, USB B, USB C, Mini USB A, Mini USB B, Micro USB A, Micro USB B, and Lightning. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent types of USB cables available out there.

    USB Type A

    This is the most common USB cable type out there. It is possible to find USB Type A cables in computers, cars, USB flash drives, wall converters, and in many other applications.

    USB Type B

    USB Type B cables were designed to be used in peripheral devices that you connect to computers. They include scanners, mouse, and keyboards. You can find four contact points in USB Type B cables, similar to USB Type A cables.

    USB Type C

    USB Type C is a reversible USB cable type. They are mainly being used in mobile phones and new laptops. These cables offer faster charging rates and faster data transfer.

    Other types of USB cables

    USB to USB, RS232 to USB, DVI to USB, HDMI to USB, VGA to USB, Lightning to USB

    IP Ratings for USB Cables

    IP ratings describe how "waterproof" the cable is. If you are looking for a cable which is water resistant, a rating of around IP40 is suitable. If you require something which is waterproof, you should look at a higher number such as IP67 or IP68.

    Getting the right USB cable

    Now you are aware about the different USB cables available. Whether you are looking for a USB type B cable, USB type C to USB C Cable, or a USB C cable, you may take a look at the options that we have in our store. We offer highest-quality USB cables to cater to your specific needs and deliver outstanding results.

    USB Lead Lengths

    USB cables come with various lead lengths from less than 30cm through to 15m and above.

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