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USB charging cable
A cable used to charge a smartphone or other portable device. Plugging into the socket of a USB charger at one end, the cable has a device connector on the other (Mini USB, Micro USB, Apple dock connector, etc.). See USB charger.
A power adapter that generates the 5 volt DC standard required by USB. The amperage varies, typically from .07A to 2.4A. The charger plugs into an AC outlet, and a USB cable plugs into the charger. USB ports on computers have an upper limit of 500 milliamps; however, USB chargers that come with cellphones and other devices handle one or more amps. The devices sense when they are connected to a computer versus the charger and regulate their current draw. See power adapter.
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