It is not recommended to charge your Pixel 6 with any old cable

by - – Do you have problems charging your Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices? An inexpensive USB-C cable might be to fault. After Apple and Samsung made the decision not to include a USB-C converter in their Pixel 6 boxes, Google opted to follow suit in an effort to decrease e-waste. However, it is possible that the absence of a charging brick is creating some issues: Several reports, including one published by 9to5Google, suggest that the Pixel 6 has charging issues when charged using a USB-C cable that is not compatible with the device.

Even though Google includes a USB-C to USB-C charging cable in the package, you may find yourself connecting an old cable into a USB-A wall outlet if you don’t have a USB-C charging brick on your desk or table. Towards the end of October, a Google forum member complained of a problem that occurred when they attempted to utilize an old charging cable with the Pixel 6. In the words of the user, “nothing occurs.” “There was no fee, no notice, nothing. As though it’s not related in any way.”

After that, a Google Platinum Product Expert advised the customer to purchase a USB-C cable that was compliant with the Pixel 6’s fast-charging USB Power Delivery standard.

“Cables are important,” noted the expert, who then went on to provide their evaluation of a possible charging problem with the Pixel 6 smartphone. “Switching cables made the difference between being able to charge my phone at 7.5W (5V 1.5A nominal) and not being able to charge it at all, even with the same charger,” says the author.

Google recommends that you utilize at the very least a USB-C cable in conjunction with a USB 2.0 power converter and cables, and that you ditch the USB-A power adapter in favor of a USB-C to USB-C solution. If this is not the case, the USB-A cable will “charge your phone more slowly”—or it may not charge your phone at all.

I depleted the battery of a Pixel 6 Pro in order to test whether I could reproduce the problem that had been reported on the Google forums. The phone seemed to charge well while using a USB-A to USB-C connector and an Aukey power strip, as well as an Apple MagSafe power converter with a 30W output. It was even my 10,000 mAh Xiaomi power brick that supplied power to the gadget through a gratis USB-C connector that I picked up somewhere along the way.

I charged the Pixel 6 Pro by connecting it to a generic USB-C power supply brick using a special OnePlus Warp charging cable. The Pixel 6 Pro was charging while also sharing power with other devices. As a last resort, I tested three additional random USB-A to USB-C connections I had laying around, including the one that came with an 8BitDo controller, and they were all able to charge the phone. I’m fortunate in that I have many new USB-C cables on hand to charge my devices, but this is not the case for everyone.

Low-quality USB-C cables have been a source of contention in the technology sector for quite some time. At the very least, Google promises that there will be no substantial power supply issues—aside from the one that you may already be upset with, which is its maximum 21W-23W power delivery despite the advised usage of its 30W Pixel charging brick—in the future.

Nonetheless, if people are need to purchase new charging adapters in order to ensure that their phones charge correctly, Google’s attempts to be more ecologically friendly will be rendered meaningless. If you only have a USB-A wall plug on hand, it’s probable that you’ll use a USB-C to USB-A connection, which will result in the charging problem.

According to the forum member who initially submitted the post, “This relocation also produced a drawer full of electronic garbage I had in the form of cables and chargers, which I had accumulated.” This would not be a problem if they didn’t make such a big deal about being ecologically friendly, says the author.