What is up with all the different cable connectors?

Well there are probably 100s if not 1000s of different connector heads and cables but don't worry there are 4 main connector types that power most of your device.

USB-C | Lightning | MicroUSB | MagSafe

These four types of connectors charge about 95% of all your devices from laptops and tablets to smartphones!

Apple Devices

⚡ Lightning ⚡

Don't worry these are not connectors made by Zeus or ones that will electrify you in an unpleasant way. This connector was introduced by Apple in 2012 and is used to charge and transfer data between Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods. It looks like The Lightning connector is smaller than the super chonky 30-pin connector previously used by Apple. This connector's major advantage is how much faster it is able to charge your device and transfer data.

 

 Do all Apple devices use Lightning?

So this is a bit complicated. So Apple uses the lightning connector for its iPhones, AirPods, AirPods Pro and some iPads (iPad & iPad Mini) along with accessories like their iMac keyboards, mouse and more!

That being said, it is worth pointing out that Apple has begun switching over to USB-C for their higher-end iPads and all of their MacBook laptops.

🤖 USB Type-C 🤖

Say hello to the connector of the future! This connector is slated as the universal connector of the future as it is capable of ultra-fast charging, and high-speed data transfer for both audio along with video.

USB-C is a newer connector that is becoming more common on devices. It is reversible, meaning it can be plugged in either way, and it supports higher data transfer rates than USB-A connectors. USB-C is also used for charging many devices, including laptops, phones, and tablets. USB-C is primarily used by Android devices but is becoming more widely used by Apple and other devices.

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👴 Micro USB 👵

This type of connecter is rather old and is mostly seen on really old android devices or devices like speakers, MP3 devices and older GPS devices. This small rectangular connector is not reversible, meaning it can only be plugged in one way, and it has a slower data transfer rate than USB-C or Lightning. TBH this isn't a port that you will be using anytime soon since most devices are now moving towards USB-C.

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💻 MagSafe 💻

So first things first...you might have heard a lot about MagSafe as a way to wirelessly. This, unfortunately, isn't that MagSafe.This is a proprietary connector used by Apple on some of its laptops. MagSafe connectors are designed to disconnect from the laptop if the cable is pulled, which can prevent damage to the laptop or the connector. This type of MagSafe is currently only being used by Apple for their MacBooks.