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OnePlus Confirms That Its Type-C Cables Are ‘Not Safe For Use’ With Other Devices

OnePlus has issued a statement through their discussion forum stating that their Type-C cable and the USB Type-C adapter may not be “fully compatible with third-party devices” due to an internal resistor issue.

But, the cables/adapters shipped with the original box are safe for use with OnePlus 2, noted the statement.

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“If you’re charging or transferring data to or from the OnePlus 2, you should have no problems using the cable that shipped with your OnePlus 2 or the cables or adapters you bought separately on OnePlus.net,” stated, OnePlus Co-founder Carl Pei.

OnePlus’ cable and adapter uses a low-powered resistor (10k); but the Type-C standard specifies a higher 56k resistor.

The cable and the adapter is designed to draw up to 2 amps of power; but the resistor could allow fast-charging devices(third-party) to draw more power than usual, causing a short-circuit.

The announcement came today after the issue was first noted by a Google engineer through his post in a G+ forum. Below is an overview explaining the compatibility:

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Stand-alone Type-C Devices To Be Refunded

Customers who have purchased the Type-C cable/adapter to use with devices other than a OnePlus 2 will be getting an exclusive refund from the company.But, the cables included with the OnePlus 2 box are not eligible for a refund. The refund service will be provided until December 31, 2015.

“In the meantime, our team has already begun developing improved Type-C cables and adapters with 56k resistors,” sates Carl in his post

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