USB-C cables and ports are becoming more omnipresent in the gadgets you use. Thanks to the new MacBooks and major smartphone manufacturers’ adoption, USB-C cables have flooded the market. Many of these cables turn out to be cheap counterfeits, frying delicate gadgets. Satechi has come up with a type-C power meter designed to warn you if your gadgets are at risk from a shoddy cable.
USB-C cables are able to draw large amounts of power, upwards of 3 amps, that enable them to fast-charge devices. If you’ve got a faulty cable, then its regulation of this power comes in question, putting your treasured gadgets at risk. When not using cables that come with your device’s packaging or are manufactured by reputable companies (read: expensive), it’s hard to know the cable you’re purchasing is safe.
The Satechi Type-C Power Meter is a connector between the cable and your device. It provides real-time data on the power being drawn in either direction. It also includes details on voltage, amps and the total amount of energy transferred. The monitor can also tell you if a battery pack is giving your phone the juice it claims. When connected to a laptop you can see if there’s sufficient amount of power transfer between the cable and the device.
To think of it as a purely protective middleman would be wrong. It has no fail safes or alarms to alert users if the transfer of power or regulation of it isn’t ideal. It can’t do this because it has no idea what the requirements are for the myriad of devices in existence. A user will need to be aware of how much power their device should be drawing and if it matches up on Satechi’s Type-C Power Meter. If this sounds like more trouble than it’s worth, just imagine how it would feel if your Dh2,000 plus phone or Dh8,000 laptop fried thanks to a Dh50 cable.