[Attack of the Cables!]
11th #USB #TypeC
analysis: Anker PowerLine 3.1Gen2 "100W" USB-IF Certified eMarked C-C cable. [Model A8185011.]tl;dr:
BAD. Spec-violating. eMarked 3A, not 5A. High IR drop. Lies about device, makes charger Vbus HOT
. Somehow slipped by USB-IF Certification.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HI00NCY/[PDF of Cable Checklist for Anker A8185011]https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2OJRSgNnm4GS05DQ3o1Y2hTNTA(These analyses will be a lot shorter, and rapid-fire. READ THE PDF.)
I honestly don't know how this got USB-IF Certification. It completely undermines the argument I made in an earlier post entirely.A Tale of Two Cables: Why certification mattershttps://plus.google.com/102612254593917101378/posts/HT15kaqpRwG
The Anker Powerline I got from Amazon claims to be 5A/100W, but the eMarker data only says 3A/60W. So it won't work as advertised when plugged into devices that actually DO use 5A. So false advertising.
Furthermore, the cable appears to have a Rp inside of it that fakes the existence of a device. This breaks chargers and makes them Vbus HOT/dangerous. It will also break a ton of devices you plug it into -- since the Rp pulldown will be "doubled up". 5V Vconn voltages are also passed through to the CC pin (3.3 or 5v), which is BAD
. 5v bleeding into a 3.3v circuit is BAD NEWS BEARS
My N6P would not charge rapidly at all when plugged into this. (1200mA max, "Charging").
All in all this is a total bust and I'm super disappointed. On the flipside, being able to fact-check the eMarker data means I can call out manufacturers on these shenanigans.
Details/proof in the PDF report.#USBC