There has been a bit of controversy regarding USB-C cables/chargers. Unlike micro-USB which has been around for a while, USB-C is still relatively new which means that some OEMs are getting it wrong in terms of being compliant. Unfortunately it seems that some of those problems might have spilled over into Google’s Nexus handsets.
According to YouTuber Nathan K. (via Phandroid) who claims to do independent analysis and verification, he claims that there are some wall chargers that are bundled with the Nexus 5X and 6P that are defective in the sense that they could potentially fry your USB-C devices in the event that you think that your USB-C cable/charger is a one-size-fits-all-solution.
In his test, which you can check out in the video above, Nathan discovered that the charger provided by LG/Huawei isn’t smart enough to know when they’re supposed to be charging, and when they’re not supposed to be charging, meaning that they will keep pumping electricity into a device that it is plugged into.
This is fine if you are planning to charge your phone, but if not, there is a good chance that your device could be overloaded and get damaged in the process. That being said, in his testing, Nathan notes that Google’s own made charger actually works the way it is supposed to, so if you do have more than one USB-C device, maybe you might want to consider Google’s charger just to be on the safe side.
|Product Name||Nexus 5X||Nexus 6P|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||2700 mAh||3450 mAh|
|Processor Name||Snapdragon 808||Snapdragon 810|
|Street Price||$310 Nexus 5X on Amazon||$450 Nexus 6P on Amazon|
|Link to full specs||Nexus 5X Full specs and details||Nexus 6P Full specs and details|