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USB: A Quick History

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USB: A Quick History

You can try to deny it but we are all pretty much reliant on technology these days. Fortunately, most of our widely-used tech is portable, which means you can charge it for a little while and then disconnect from the charger to take it with you. Obviously, we are talking, mostly, about your cell phone. Of course, we also use things like speakers, computers, tablets, headphones, watches, and many other devices that help to make life easier or more pleasant.  

The mobile devices we use today, of course, are a vast improvement over those of the past.  In previous generations, we only had batteries—quite large and heavy—which you would have to replace when the power ran out.  Rechargeable batteries came next, and now we have remarkably efficient batteries that you can continuously charge and recharge.

And we would not be able to do this, today, without remarkable USB technology.


Believe it or not, the Universal Serial Bus (USB) has been around since the middle of the 1990s.  It was developed, of course, as a means to standardize data transfer protocols within the tech sector. Indeed, at the time, USB was used as a way to transfer data and files and was not used in battery charging peripherals.  

USB 2.0 and 3.0

The second iteration of USB (2.0) came about ten years later.  It was at this point that we started to see USB developed to serve different purposes.  Of course, this was also a time when mobile technology was vastly changing.  The mobile tech field was growing quickly and that created a need for new fast-charging technology to go with it.

This led to USB 3.0, of course, which includes both micro and mini-USB adapters.  While these ports are smaller than the traditional USB ports, they perform the same functions, just in more efficient ways.

USB type-C

Obviously, USB has developed to become the base of all traditional data transfer and battery charging functions in mobile technology.  There is even, now, a USB type-C that not only allows you to charge quickly, but also perform data transfer functions.  This is now the industry standard, with a Primecables USB type c cable providing fast charging and fast data transfer among the widest selection of mobile devices.

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