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What is the difference between micro USB and Lightning?

Last Updated: 26th January, 2020

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On the opposing side, Micro-USB is a standardized model that works on countless devices but it does not have the transfer power of the Lightning connector (in terms of charging the battery of the device) and because it only has 5 pins, in theory, it cannot transport the same amount of data as the Apple connector.

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Also to know is, is lightning better than micro USB?

Lightning cables are capable of pushing at least 12W, while micro USB is limited to 9W due to the 1.8A at 5V maximum power rating. Check out Pocketable's in-depth analysis of why Lightning cables can charge faster and provide more power than the flimsy and limited micro USB.

One may also ask, what does a micro USB look like? The micro USB is also smaller at around 6.85 x 1.8 mm and is shaped differently with a rounded top and a flat bottom. It is more durable with 10,000 connect-disconnect cycles and provides faster transfer rates at around 480 megabits per second.

Moreover, what is Micro USB used for?

Micro USB is a miniaturized version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface developed for connecting compact and mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players, GPS devices, photo printers and digital cameras. Micro USB connectors exist or have existed in three forms: micro A, micro B and micro USB 3.

What does lightning cable mean?

The Lightning connector is a small connector on Apple's mobile devices (and even some accessories) that charges and connects the devices to computers and charging bricks. The cable itself is small with a thin Lightning adapter on one side and a standard USB-A adapter on the other.

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  • Sony Xperia X.

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Are all micro USB ports the same?

Well, sadly not all micro USB's are the same. It has a micro USB port but the charger won't plug into my other micro USB devices. Micro USB data cables however seem to be more or less universal. It's the power cables that are a PITA.