This tiny gadget could help save your laptop or phone from a fiery end
Following the well-publicised Samsung Galaxy Note 7 controversy, consumers around the world are now paying more and more attention to safeguarding their devices.
The internet is flooded with stories of unfortunate users who bought a cheap charging cable or plug online, which proceeded to fry their gadgets or leave them with a major repair bill.
Now, a new gadget is offering peace of mind when it comes to making sure charging up your laptop or phone won’t result in a fiery end.
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The USB-C power meter from Satechi looks to put an end to these worries, especially those with up-to-date gadgets.
Costing $29.99 (around £25) the device plugs into the charging port on your laptop or smartphone much like a network dongle.
Once activated, it can immediately tell you how much electrical power is flowing into your device via the charging cable.
The dongle also displays the voltage and amperage figures for the current charging flow, which can be useful in detecting any sudden spikes that could signal something going badly wrong with your charger, cable or device.
The device plugs straight in to the USB-C or Thunderbolt port on your device
The device won’t protect against actual electrical surges, which could still damage your device if not properly monitored.
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This means that users should still be wary about buying third-party chargers and cables online, which are often lacking the stringent regulatory systems that cover official products.
And if you are still using micro-USB charging, you’ll need a separate device.
USB-C technology was launched last year as the next generation of device charging.
So far, only a small number of devices have launched with the service, with Apple’s latest MacBook and Google’s Pixel C laptop leading the way for computing products.
As for smartphones, Android devices including the Google Pixel, OnePlus 3 and Huawei Mate 9 all come with USB-C charging, which promises a much quicker way to power up your devices.