USB Type-C is the new connectivity standard that aims to do it all--video, sound, and data--and even allows mobile devices to be charged super fast. Given the format's capabilities, a Google engineer proves that you can't get away with cheap third-party USB Type-C cables lest you fry your precious new gadgets.

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Google engineer Benson Leung has been reviewing various brands of USB Type-C cables to ensure and check performance. His findings are actually quite surprising: only three out of the ten USB Type-C cables he's reviewed are spec compliant to charge his Chromebook Pixel. If that wasn't enough, one of the cheap third-party cables actually fried the $1,000 laptop's ports. Surjtech's 3M USB A-to-C cable is the culprit, and Leung says that the cord was so badly wired that it burnt out both of the Pixel C's USB Type-C ports and fried two separate USB PD Sniffer devices. "I directly analyzed the Surjtech cable using a Type-C breakout board and a multimeter, and it appears that they completely miswired the cable. The GND pin on the Type-A plug is tied to the Vbus pins on the Type-C plug. The Vbus pin on the Type-A plug is tied to GND on the Type-C plug," the Google engineer said in his review.

The moral of the story is only buy certified, first-party and well-known brands of USB Type-C cords, or you might zap your fancy new tech for good and all. Leung has found that Belkin, iOrange-E, and Frieq all make quality Type-C brands, so be sure not to skimp out an extra $5-10 and get something you know is dependable.

The cord has since been pulled from Amazon's storefront. This isn't the first time that Leung has warned us about faulty Type-C cords. Back in November, the Google watchdog said that the OnePlus 2's Type-C cable "may cause damage to your charger, hub or PC USB port" if used on a quick-charging device.