Understanding Different Port Styles

Today our lives revolve around technological devices more than ever. Most of our commonly used household and portable electronics are powered using USB cables, but even those have differing port styles. Keeping your devices charged and working properly is essential for maintaining your daily routine, so let’s explore the different port styles and cables to meet your charging and data needs.


USB Cables

One of the most important aspects to understand is that there are different types of port styles that exist. A USB port isn’t quite ‘universal’ anymore, and there are several different options out there to keep in mind when connecting your device. Listed below is a breakdown of some differing types of USB cables.


atomi Cables


1.0 vs 2.0

Both have four pins with four wires inside each cable. The inside pins carry data while the outside pins provide a power supply. USB 1.0 cables have a bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps, which is slow by today’s standards. As Quality Logo Products explains, USB 2.0 cables are “able to handle a lot of things that 1.0 can’t. Because of its vast improvement in speed, it became possible to easily connect devices that need a lot of bandwidth”. Our USB 2.0 cables deliver data transfer speeds of 480Mbps.  The two types are compatible with one another; however, a 2.0 cable will run or charge a connected device at a slower rate when connected to a USB 1.0 port.


Dedicated Charging Ports

So how do you know which port is right for your device?  atomi makes it easy!  Our ports are labeled with the port speed, so you can identify at a glance where your smartphone can be connected to optimize charging speed!  We’ve also labeled the ports that are specifically designed for tablets and other larger devices, which require more amps to achieve optimal charging speeds.


1 vs 2.1

Depending on which product you select, these displays will vary slightly.  If you select a Charge Tower Pro, for instance, the ports are labeled not only by their amp capacity (1 vs. 2.1), but they are also labeled by best-suited device.  Whereas if you view a Charge Station, the ports are labeled only by amp speed, which still allowing you to quickly determine which port will provide the necessary power to charge your device quickly and efficiently.


Charge Tower Pro Ports


2.1 amp ports are ideal for your favorite tablets, and 1 amp ports are designed to make charging your phone fast and easy.  But what’s great about atomi chargers is that you don’t need to worry about accidentally connecting the “improper” device into any port.  The only negative impact would be slower charging!


Charge Station Ports


Regardless of your devices or where and how you use them, we have the cables and chargers designed to keep you connected.  Want to know more?  Contact a member of our friendly team today!