USB Connectors

USB, short for Universal Serial Bus, is a common type of computer port that makes it easy to charge a device or transfer data between two devices. A USB connector is the socket, port, or jack into which the plug end of a USB cable or USB-powered device is inserted. USB connectors are typically female, while the USB plug on the cable is male.

General Information

Common types of USB connectors:

  • USB-A: The standard flat, rectangular interface that you find on one end of nearly every USB cable. Most computers have multiple USB-A ports for connecting peripherals.
  • USB-B: An almost-square connector, mostly used for printers and other powered devices that connect to a computer.
  • Mini-USB: A smaller connector type that was standard for mobile devices a while back.
  • Micro-USB: Another past standard, slowly declining in popularity, for mobile and portable devices.
  • USB-C: This is the current standard, and it marries power and data delivery with display connectivity.
    Lightning: This isn't a true USB standard, but is Apple's proprietary connector for the iPhone, AirPods, some iPad models, and more.