Do you have so many cables you can never remember what they’re for? Here’s a guide to common cables and their uses.

USB

This is the standard size USB, also called USB-A. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.

Micro USB

Micro USB has a much smaller connector than standard USB. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.

Mini USB

Mini USB is not very common anymore. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.

USB-C

Announced in 2015, USB-C is the new USB standard being adopted by manufacturers. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.

Lightning and Thunderbolt

Lightning (left) and Thunderbolt connections.
Lightning (left) and Thunderbolt connections.

Lightning connectors are primarily used to connect Apple mobile devices to computers. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.

HDMI

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an audio/video connection. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.

Digital Optical Audio (Toslink)

This connection is a fibre cable that can carry high-quality video and audio. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.

Firewire

Similar to USB, Firewire is used for connecting devices to a computer. Become a paying Consumer member or log in to find out more.