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USB Cables

Avoid compatibility issues by finding the right USB cable to connect an accessory to your computer or charge your mobile device. Universal Serial Bus or USB is a widely adopted standard that replaces a number of incompatible legacy connectors. It standardized the connection between most computer peripherals and host PCs and can carry both data and power. Staples® has a wide selection of cables with USB connectors.

Choose From Different Types of USB Cables
While USB is universal, it takes different forms and each has a specific type of connector. The two most common ones are Type-A and Type-B connectors. Type-A plugs have rectangular cross-sections while Type-B ones have square profiles with beveled edges. Each full-size connector type has smaller mini and micro versions. A Universal Serial Bus cable sports two connectors with one on each end. Usually, there is a Type-A connector on one end while the other end may have a Type-B, mini-B, or micro-B connector.

USB A to B cables are rare and mostly used by large computer accessories like printers. USB A to mini-B or mini-USB cables are popular as charging cords for old cell phones. You can also find them used as data cables for some cameras and printed circuit boards. USB A to micro-B or micro-USB cables replaced mini-USB cables and they are popular for charging mobile phones and other portable devices.

Consider File Transfer Speed When Shopping for USB Cables
Besides connector type, you should also consider the USB version supported by a cable before ordering it. This is important because it determines the cable's file transfer speed. The different versions of this universal standard are USB 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1. USB 1.0 cables have a maximum transfer rate of 1.5Mbps. USB 1.1 cables can deliver speeds up to 12Mbps while a 2.0 interface has data speeds up to 480Mbps. The maximum data rate for USB 3.0 cables is 5Gbps while USB 3.1 options enjoy double the transfer speed. USB 3.0 and 3.1 are backward compatible with some older versions of the standard.

Do All USB Cables Support USB OTG?
No. USB OTG or On-the-Go is an extension of the USB standard that allows a USB device to act as a host for another USB device. For example, a smartphone with a USB OTG port can mount and recognize a USB flash drive just like a computer. To establish this connection, you need a special USB OTG cable.

What Is the Difference Between Regular USB Cables and USB-C Cables?
A USB Type-C cable has a USB-C connector on one end and a USB-A connector on the other. The USB-C connector is a small reversible plug that is as small as a micro-USB connector but has more pins and delivers more power.

Can You Charge a Laptop With a USB Cable?
Regular USB-A and B cables do not carry enough power to charge laptops but USB-C cables can easily deliver the 20 to 65 watts required by most mobile computers. These cables support the requirements of USB PD or Power Delivery. They can carry current at higher amperages and voltages to deliver a maximum power output of 100 watts.
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Staples 6' A/B USB 2.0 Cable, Black
Item : 2094913 / Model : 29749-US
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  • Connects USB 2.0 devices (such as printers) to a USB-ready PC, hub or other peripheral
  • Supports transfer speeds up to 480Mbps and is backwards compatible to work with USB 1.1 devices
  • Windows® and Macintosh® compatible
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Insten® 6' Type A Male to Type A Male USB 3.0 Cable, Black/Blue
Item : 1194829 / Model : 1783296
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  • Lightweight, portable and work on devices with a USB port
  • Transfers data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0
  • Color: Black/ Blue
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Insten® 6' Type A to Type A M/M USB 2.0 Cable, White
Item : 972702 / Model : PCABUSBX0022
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  • PC and Mac compatible
  • Hi speed data transfer 480 Mbps.
  • Suggested Applications: USB specifications 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0
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V7 10' USB 2.0 Male to Male USB Cable, Black
Item : IM1DT2739 / Model : V7N2USB2AB-10F
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  • USB 2.0 USB cable facilitates connection between various devices
  • 10' length for easy access
  • Male to male construction requires no separate adapter
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Staples 15' A/B USB 2.0 Cable, Black
Item : 2094914 / Model : 29748-US
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  • Connects USB 2.0 devices (such as printers) to a USB-ready PC, hub or other peripheral
  • Supports transfer speeds up to 480Mbps and is backwards compatible to work with USB 1.1 devices
  • Windows® and Macintosh® compatible
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Staples 6' USB 2.0 Extension Cable, Black
Item : 2094901 / Model : 29753-US
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  • Extends the connection between your computer and USB devices (hubs, keyboards, mice, hard drives, mice, etc.) by 6' for reliable data transmission
  • USB A/A
  • 6' in length
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Staples 15' USB 2.0 Extension Cable, Black
Item : 2094915 / Model : 29741-US
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  • Extends the connection between your computer and USB devices (hubs, keyboards, mice, hard drives, mice, etc.) by 15' for reliable data transmission
  • USB A/A
  • 15' in length
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Belkin™ 16' USB A/B Male/Male Extension Cable
Item : IM1KZ6649 / Model : F3U133B16
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  • USB
  • Cable is intended to connect your USB printer, scanner, hard drives and more to your computer
  • 16'
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Staples USB 3.0 Type A to Type C Adapter
Item : 1913673 / Model : 28653
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  • Connect USB-A equipped devices (mice, keyboards, USB flash drives, printers, external hard drives and charging cables) to USB-C computers, laptops and chargers
  • Rated for up to 15W of charging
  • 5 Gbps transfer speeds
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V7 16' USB 2.0 Male to Male USB Cable, Black
Item : IM1DT2740 / Model : V7N2USB2AB-16F
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  • USB 2.0 USB cable is compatible with various modern-day devices
  • 16' length for convenient use
  • Male to male design eliminates the need of any separate adapter
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Staples 1' USB to Serial Adapter, Black
Item : 2093905 / Model : 29764
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  • Plug-and-play solution for devices with serial plugs
  • Compatible with Windows® 10, 8, 7, Windows Vista®, XP, 2000 and Mac OS® 10.6 or higher
  • Up-to-date driver support available
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Monoprice USB 2.0 Male to Female Ethernet Adapter Cable, Black
Item : 1255662 / Model : 109466
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  • Ethernet adapter for quickly adding a 10/100 Mbps fast Ethernet to your desktop
  • Comes with a suspend mode that helps to save energy while the device is not in use
  • Remote wakeup via link-up and magic packet enable control of a computer that is offline
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Insten® 15' Type A to Type B Male/Male USB 2.0 Cable, White/Beige
Item : 971859 / Model : PCABUSBX0011
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  • Supports plug & play connections for devices such as external hard drives, modems, printers, scanners, VOIP devices & other USB peripherals.
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • Connect a USB peripheral to an USB Hub or USB port on PC/Mac
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Monoprice® 3' USB to Serial Convert Cable, Black
Item : 1254368 / Model : 103726
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  • Black
  • DB9M/USB A male
  • USB-to-serial converter cable allows to connect an RS232 serial device to PC through the USB 2.0 port with up to 230 Kbps data transfer rate
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Select Series USB-C HDMI® Multiport Adapter
Item : 2503682 / Model : 115758
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  • USB-C
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Insten® 10' Type A Male to Type B Male USB 3.0 Printer Cable, Blue
Item : 1194873 / Model : 1791680
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  • Lightweight, portable and work on devices with a USB port
  • Transfers data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0
  • Foil and braid shielding reduces EMI/RFI interference
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V7 USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter (V7U3-SATA-BLK-1N)
Item : IM18Q9074 / Model : V7U3-SATA-BLK-1N
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  • USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter
  • No software or drivers required
  • Plug and Play
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Tripp Lite 10' USB 2.0 Male to Male High Speed Cable, Black
Item : IM1TB4117 / Model : UR020-010
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  • USB 2.0 high speed cable facilitates connection between various devices
  • 10' length for convenient use
  • Male to male construction requires no separate adapter
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COMPREHENSIVE CABLE® 15' USB 2.0 A Male To A Male Cable, Black
Item : IM1PK6278 / Model : USB2-AA-15ST
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  • Black USB 2.0 cable that is compatible to connect with various devices
  • 15' length for easy access
  • Male-to-male cable design eliminates the need for separate adapters
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Belkin® USB Extension Cable, 6'
Item : 382232 / Model : F3U134V06
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  • Cable length: 6'
  • Gold plated copper contacts provide maximum conductivity and minimizes data loss
  • Connector: Left Gender Female/Right Gender Male
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Monoprice® USB 2.0 A Female to A Female Coupler Adapter, Gray
Item : 1255252 / Model : 100362
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  • Gray
  • USB 2.0 A/A female
  • Class 2 transmitter with up to 4 dBm power
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BasAcc 3.3FT USB 2.0 Type C Male to USB Type A Male Cable (USB-C to USB-A) - White
Item : 2476564 / Model : 2240784
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  • With this cable you can connect your standard USB type A device to a USB-C enabled device
  • High charging speed: Support 2.1A charging current and the new Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 technology
  • High syncing speed: Transfer speed up to 480Mbps
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Staples 6' USB 3.0 Micro Cable, Black
Item : 2093414 / Model : 29773
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  • USB A to USB 3.0 Micro B
  • Supports transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps
  • Connects USB 3.0 Micro-B equipped devices such as external hard drives to a USB-ready PC, hub or other peripheral
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StarTech USB2HABM6 6-ft Mini USB Cable, A to Mini B
Item : 2418576 / Model : USB2HABM6
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  • Spend less time waiting and more time downloading pictures, MP3 files and digital videos with StarTech's ultra fast Mini B USB cables
  • Instantly e-mail pictures and videos to your friends and loved ones by downloading picture files from your digital camera to your PC
  • Upgrading your USB cable is the most cost effective way to maximize your digital camera's performance
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