This is a disclosure of potential Conflict of Interest, and update.
I have done a tentative #USB #TypeC
analysis of a pre-production prototype from +Tronsmart
. Their engineers sent it to me in an effort to bring their W2PTU charger, which I evaluated previously, towards Type-C Spec 1.2 compliance. I am posting this after having received permission to share this data publicly.Previous analysis here:https://plus.google.com/102612254593917101378/posts/FxpKkn6SKKR
[PDF of Compliance Checklist for Tronsmart Prototype EX-W2PTU]https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2OJRSgNnm4GYXdZaVF1VExFTEkGOOD NEWS
: The prototype now appears to be safe and compliant! (Hooray!)BAD NEWS:
There is significant voltage sag on the Type-C port, meaning the Nexus 6P will charge erratically. 8W normally, 12W if you're lucky. Luckily, they have time to fix this before it goes into production.
First, I reiterate I am a Google Top Contributor Program volunteer
. I'm unaffiliated with the USB-IF or other certification agencies. I'm an end user who has opted to check devices are safe and efficient for people to use, educate users, and in turn point manufacturers in the right direction. (tl;dr: the USB-IF doesn't want anyone confusing me with them. Also, I'm not Google Employee, as much as I'd like to be.)
Tronsmart has been an good example of how manufacturers should behave if they've already found themselves in a sticky situation by not doing their homework
. They accepted public criticism, made efforts to work with the reporting parties, and took steps to fix their product and make it safe for the public. This is leagues more than some of the other manufacturers I have contacted have done. So major kudos to Tronsmart for that!
This is the same reason I have a good relationship with +Plugable
. They also were open to criticism in an honest manner, and worked with other companies in resolving the underlying problem. That shows a qualitative aspect that doesn't come across in these analyses very well.
Here is said data: I stress these are results from a pre-production prototype
. Until I am able to purchase an updated unit from Amazon with my own money, my previous statement about the W2PTU still stands.
I put in a bit more effort than I normally do since this isn't set in stone and they have a chance to fix it. There' a lot more random data in the checklist as a result. But if you're technically savvy, you'll appreciate it.
That's all for this update. I don't want people confusing this as a true analysis. It's just a shoutout and some disclosures.
I'll have another post done soon about USB-PD -- thanks to +Benson Leung
and cross-company cooperation by the great folks at Google, I will soon be able to fact-check USB-PD devices and cords similar to what +GTrusted
does, but on a benchtop- instead of intercompatibility- level.
I have six eMarked cords (some of which are 5A/100W USB-IF certified)
lined up to test. Let's hope those results are promising!#USBC