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Best Safe USB Type C Cables, Chargers for Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Best Safe USB Type C Cables, Chargers for Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Technology is supposed to make your life easier, that’w what I had thought until I bought a Google Pixel 2 smartphone. The Google Pixel 2 does not come with a USB Type A to Type C cable, the one you would use to transfer data from your computer to the phone. So, I decided I would buy one. Also, this being my first USB Type C device I decided to buy another charger, and a few extra USB Type C to Type C cables. And, that was the worst decision I have made in quite some time. Now, I am down the rabbit hole with fear of blowing up my Pixel 2 if I use the wrong cable. We will go down into those details after the break, but if you are in the same boat as me you need not worry. In this post, we are going to list the best safe USB Type C Cables, Chargers for Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL.

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Best Safe USB Type C Cables, Chargers for Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

USB Charging Specifications

We have two USB Charging standards, USB-BC(Battery Charging) and USB-PD(Power Delivery). 

USB-BC was designed for USB Type A to micro-usb, but it also includes the USB Type A to USB Type C cables. USB-BC can sustain a maximum of 12W (2.4A at 5V).

USB-PD was designed for USB Type C to Type C. It is a newer specification and it can sustain a maximum of 100W (5A at 20V). An important point to note here is, when it comes to charging a device, the possibilities here are endless and you are at the manufacturers mercy. Things will be clear once you read ahead.

Google Pixel 2 Charging Specifications

Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL uses USB-PD. From the factory, Google Pixel 2 comes with an 18W charger from Google, along with a USB Type C to Type C cable. The Pixel 2 fast charges at 15W and 18W. To achieve these watts, you can have a charger pushing out 3A at 5W or 2A at 7.5W for 15W, and 2A at 9V or 3A at 6W for 18W.

You would think that all those combinations would ensure that your Pixel 2 will be fast charging. No, for the Pixel 2 to be fast charging at 15W you need a charger pushing out 3A at 5W, and for it to be fast charging at 18W you need 2A at 9W. This is what we meant, when we said your at the manufacturers mercy.

The Problem with USB A to USB C Cables

Way back in 2015, when USB Type C was being introduced in smartphones had computer with no USB Type C ports. So, to connect our smartphones to the computer we needed a USB Type A to Type C cable.

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To ensure that all goes well, the USB Type C end of the cable is supposed to have a 56kΩ resistor. This resistor lets the smartphone know that it’s connected to an USB Type A device for charging. In this case, the smartphone would automatically adjust to draw only 1.5A or 2.4A. To make cheaper USB Type A to USB Type C cables, manufacturers cheaped out on the 56kΩ resistor, and replaced it with a 10kΩ resistor or completely skipping it. This resulted in the smartphone drawing more amperes from the USB Type A device which caused the host device’s USB Type A port to be damaged. This issue was first reported by Google Engineer Benson Leung. Accessory manufacturer, Anker also screwed up and issued a recall on one it’s cables.

Conclusion

That is the short version of all the reading I have been doing just to make sure I have the correct charger and USB Type A to Type C cable for my Google Pixel 2. Never thought, buying a charger and cable for a smartphone would be such a cumbersome task. Anyways, all said an done we have come up with a list of best safe USB Type C Cables, Chargers for your Pixel 2 after reading various posts on xda and reddit.

Warning

The list below is compiled from various sources. We are not responsible for any damages caused (if any) to your devices.

Best Safe USB Type A to USB Type C Cables for Google Pixel 2/Google Pixel 2 XL

Okpow High Speed 3.3ft ($8.99)

Veckle Braided 10ft ($13.99)

Startech 3ft ($10.05)

Spigen C10C0 3ft USB ($7.99)

Bridgegen 6.6ft ($9.99)

WinPlus 3.3 ft ($7.99)

Tecknet 3.3ft ($6.99)

Black Squid 3.3ft ($6.95)

Orzly 3.3ft ($7.99)

Google OEM ($20)

Anker Powerline+ 3ft 2pack ($9.99)

Aukey 3ft 3 pack ($11.99)

Best Safe USB Type C to micro USB Adapter for Google Pixel 2/Google Pixel 2 XL

Joto 2 Pack ($7.99)

Tronsmart 2 Pack ($7.99)

Xiaomi Original ($4.25)

Nektek ($7.99)

CableCreation 2 pack ($6.99)

Anker 4 pack($12.99)

Aukey 3 pack ($7.99)

Best Safe USB Type C to USB Type C Cables for Google Pixel 2/Google Pixel 2 XL

Choetech 3.3ft (13.99)

Amazon Basics 3ft ($6.99)

Amazon Basics 6ft ($7.99)

Amazon Basics 9ft ($9.99)

RavPower 6.6ft ($11.99)

CableCreation Braided 10ft ($8.88)

Plugable 3.3ft ($15.95)

Anker Powerline 3ft ($7.99)

Belkin 3.3ft ($18.95)

JUCX01 ($24.99)

Apple MLL82AM/A ($18.99)

Belin F2CD082ds0.5MBK 3ft ($22.99)

Monoprice 6inch, 4ft, 6ft(price varies)

Best Safe USB-PD Chargers for Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Google OEM ($35)

Google OEM Amazon Link ($20)

Verizon Type C (use charging block only, cable is bad)

Nektek ($19.99)

Anker Powerport II ($35.99)

Aukey USB C Charger ($19.99)

Nektek 39W, with 6ft cable ($24.99)

Nektek 72W, 4 port with 3ft cable ($29.99)

 

Best Safe USB-PD Car Chargers for Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Nektek ($19.99)

Nektek (with detachable cable)($21.99)

Belkin ($35)

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