USB Type-C

Buying reliable USB-C cables has just gotten easier on Amazon, as the retailer has added non-compliant cables to the list of items prohibited for sale.

The note added to Amazon's prohibited items page now lists the following:

Any USB-C™ (or USB Type-C™) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by "USB Implementers Forum Inc."

Non-compliant USB-C cables can have adverse affects on a device, as Google engineer Benson Leung found out when a faulty cable destroyed his Chromebook Pixel. The engineer has since tested hundreds of cables, calling out vendors like OnePlus for not complying to USB Implementers Forum standards, which led to a positive response from OnePlus that since fixed its cables.

Commenting on Amazon's decision, Leung said:

Really great news, but we all have to continue to be vigilant and call out any bad products we find on Amazon and other stores (both online and brick and mortar) as we find them.

For more on the USB Type-C standard and how it affects your devices, be sure to check out our extended coverage from the link below:

Everything you need to know about USB Type-C

Editor's note: A previous version of this story indicated that OnePlus was still selling faulty cables. The story has been updated to correct this fact.

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