Top critical review
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on March 19, 2022
I originally bought one of these a couple years ago. I noticed it would only work when plugged in in certain orientations.
As near as I can tell while one side of the cable is properly terminated, the other side of the cable is only connected to one side of the USB-C plug.
Unfortunately, I missed the refund deadline on my original cable and just sort-of lived with it. It lives plugged in to the charger so it wasn't like I had to mess around to figure out the "good end" too often.
But due to a recent move, I had unplug it, and had managed to completely forget about the issue. At me new place I had to sort out the "good end" again, and realized an easy solution: I'd order a new cable and send my clearly defective one back! It still looked fairly new, and it was deffective after all.
Well my new cable arrived last week... and is identical. Same issue, where one end of the cable simply doesn't seem to have both sides of the USB-C plug connected to the wires.
This is more than a two-year gap, so it's definitely from a different batch of cables, so it seems the problem is in the design or manufacting process, not a one-off defect.
And yes, I'm sure it's not my device or my charger, I have used different combinations of devices, chargers, and cables to verify the problem is these Amazon Basics cables.
On the other hand, they are VERY inexpensive. If you need a really basic USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable (this is NOT a USB 3.0 cable) to charge a phone over a normal "slow charger" (it is also NOT USB-PD compliant), or make a basic data connection, this will work... with a bit of trial an error.
But if you're willing to spend just a few bucks more, buy somthing better. You'll thank me later.