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Title: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Pete Erskine on April 28, 2017, 11:59:53 am
Keith Hall showed me this at NAB.  Got one and it is truly amazing.  The Connectors do not have an up or down side - they plug in either way like a Lightning cable.  Testing one in daily use for a couple of weeks and if it survives, I am chucking all my micro USB cables

Micro USB universal (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MFDOHUS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Keith Broughton on April 28, 2017, 01:31:59 pm
Keith Hall showed me this at NAB.  Got one and it is truly amazing.  The Connectors do not have an up or down side - they plug in either way like a Lightning cable.  Testing one in daily use for a couple of weeks and if it survives, I am chucking all my micro USB cables

Micro USB universal (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MFDOHUS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
Interesting but isn't this a solution looking for a problem?  ;)
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Stephen Kirby on April 28, 2017, 02:14:55 pm
USB-C is already out and showing up in products.  It goes either way and supports more power for faster charging of devices.
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Pete Erskine on April 28, 2017, 03:01:35 pm
Interesting but isn't this a solution looking for a problem?  ;)

This solves a problem - - I bet that all of you have plugged in a micro usb and had to turn it over 50% of the time.  Same for USB A - the jack on the equipment isn't always in the same orientation between equipment - the label on the plug helps but you need to look carefully at the jack first.  Sure usb C is great but phones, misc computer equipment, charge ports on Freespeak all use micro usb.
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Keith Broughton on April 28, 2017, 03:11:05 pm
I bet that all of you have plugged in a micro usb and had to turn it over 50% of the time.
Not so much of a "problem" that I would toss cables and spend more $$.
Same "problem" with AC plugs  ;)
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Tim Weaver on April 28, 2017, 04:00:32 pm
I find that it takes 3 attempts to get it right. Try it, doesn't fit. Flip it over, still doesn't fit. Flip it again, it goes right in. Wth?!? 

Do they make 3 sided usb cables?
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Jeff Lelko on April 28, 2017, 07:00:51 pm
I find that it takes 3 attempts to get it right. Try it, doesn't fit. Flip it over, still doesn't fit. Flip it again, it goes right in. Wth?!? 

I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem!
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Brian Jojade on April 28, 2017, 07:53:52 pm
Compliant USB cables will have the USB logo on the top side of the connector.  For horizontally positioned USB devices, you should be able to feel the USB logo and then insert the connector with no problems.

The reversible connectors are neat, but word of caution. They can be extremely fragile, and while they work in most devices, they do not work in ALL devices. The result can occasionally be an intermittent connection.
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Pete Erskine on April 28, 2017, 10:00:27 pm
Compliant USB cables will have the USB logo on the top side of the connector.  For horizontally positioned USB devices, you should be able to feel the USB logo and then insert the connector with no problems.

The reversible connectors are neat, but word of caution. They can be extremely fragile, and while they work in most devices, they do not work in ALL devices. The result can occasionally be an intermittent connection.

However the mating USB connector on computers, and other devices like hubs and freespeak do NOT have a standard orientation.

Fragility is a mater of manufacturing, I agree.  Some cables, like all, are just junk and others are terrific.  Time and testing will tell.
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Pete Erskine on April 28, 2017, 10:03:25 pm
I find that it takes 3 attempts to get it right. Try it, doesn't fit. Flip it over, still doesn't fit. Flip it again, it goes right in. Wth?!? 

Do they make 3 sided usb cables?

My experience is that I NEVER have the orientation right, so in an attempt to plug it on the first try, I orient the connector opposite to what I think, first.   HAHA - success is not there either.  Triple sided is the solution.
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Jean-Pierre Coetzee on April 30, 2017, 02:16:14 am
The guy that invented USB should have an interesting funeral. They should put him in the ground, take him out turn him around and repeat.
Title: Re: Terrific USB cable that plugs in either way
Post by: Joseph D. Macry on May 01, 2017, 05:06:29 pm
The guy that invented USB should have an interesting funeral. They should put him in the ground, take him out turn him around and repeat.

Oh you made me laugh!

Like when I'm doing laundry... A shirt is inside out, so I reverse it. It's still inside out. WTH?