Alongside the growth of USB-C has come a number of really bad USB-C cables that are often wired poorly, or draw too much power and result in a fried gadget.
At the moment, there’s not much that you can do to stop this from happening, aside from not buying bad USB-C cables, however, Satechi believes that they have the answer.
This comes with their new USB-C Power Meter, which is basically a stick that works as a USB-C passthrough, it plugs into a USB-C port on your gadget and then provides another USB-C port for the cable that you are using.
You simply plug the USB-C cable that you were going to use into this meter and it will allow you to measure the voltage, current, and the current over time that the cable is sending to and from your device.
This will provide users with the peace of mind that they need in order to trust such a cable, however, if you don’t know much about what your tech can take, then it won’t offer you much more than a few numbers that you don’t understand.
On top of that, there are also a number of people who review these cables on the net, so you don’t have to. For example, the Google engineer Benson Leung has some pretty great USB-C cable tests of his own on his Amazon profile, and we are sure that there are many more people doing this around the site.
If you are still interested, you can pick up the Satechi Type-C Power Meter from their website for $29.99 today (we don’t know about UK pricing yet). You can also check out the video below for a quick look at the meter.