People lose or break things all the time, especially keys, headphones and chargers. When you lose your charger, things are getting more complicated. Of course, you can go to the shop and buy a new one. The problem is that you can’t know if the next one will be as good as the first. Sometimes there are cheaper USB chargers which are better than the most expensive ones. That is why USB-IF is now making a certification program for them. The USB-IF want to help users who are facing this problem by creating a program for USB chargers.
This new system is going to allow companies that meet the standards for USB to include a special logo on their products. This way, the customer will know if the product is good for him/her or not. However, we are not sure how many companies will have their products tested as they are not required to do so.
Another problem would be that this certification is only for the charger, so nobody can tell you the cable is good for your smartphone or tablet. We are hoping that many companies will get their products tested. In the near future, look for the logo on chargers and buy only the ones that have it. If users buy only those chargers, more companies will want to have that certification program.
Some chargers do not measure up to the standards your devices have. They can cause problems with your hardware, so pay attention to what chargers you are using. If you have not heard by not about USB-IF, here are some things about this non-profit company. It was formed to provide a support organization for USB. They try to develop compatible USB devices while promoting quality products.
If you want to find more about them, the company will participate at Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco, this weekend. It is your chance to ask them questions about their new certification program and what they are going to do in the future. We do not know how much this program will cost and who is going to pay for it as USB-IF is a non-profit organization. However, having a certification on a device will make users more confident about the products they are buying. What do you think about this certification program? Will you have more trust in USB devices than you did before?
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