Today, almost every gadget you can buy has a USB port. Though the standard has recently been updated to USB 3.0 the underlying power consumption and output of the port has remained the same. The only thing that’s changed is the data transfer rates. So, unless you’re buying a USB thumb drive, there is no reason to worry about whether your USB 3.0 device is compatible with the USB on your computer or battery charger. That said, there are a number of important considerations when buying USB gadgets, regardless of how much you are investing.
Always Buy From A Reputable Brand
While a lot of people simply pickup what they like at the store and hope that it works as they expect, this approach often ends up causing disappointment. Today, there are probably a hundred brands of thumb drives, USB-powered chargers, fans, light decorations, etc. However, it pays to do a bit of research and buy a device that is backed by a major brand. If you’re buying a thumb drive, consider Kingston or Crucial.
Check the Warranty
The rule of thumb here is the more money you spend, the better the warranty you should be getting. A no-questions-asked replacement warranty is by far the best. Some manufacturers offer up to a year’s warranty, some even offer five years, and Stunning Gadgets offers a lifetime guarantee on their products. Stunning Gadgets currently sells the 5000mAh Solar Battery charger and the Metal Super Slim Power Bank, both of which are USB enabled.
Check the Finish
Always ask the shop for an unpackaged sample of the USB gadget you’re considering. Then feel and look around it. The most common problem with poorly-manufactured USB gadgets is that they are not properly sealed, so you can just slip your thumb nail into the cracks and open it up. Plus, plastic is the material of choice for many manufacturers which means it will break easily.
However, high-quality, reputable manufacturers like Stunning Gadgets use metal in the construction, for instance the Super Slim Power Bank, is so rugged it can withstand quite a few drops,or even your kid riding his or her bicycle over it.So, you definitely get value for money when you buy a durable device with great finishing.
Read the Packaging
Always take the time to read what’s on the packaging. Regardless of what USB device you’re buying, well-written content on the packaging means that the manufacturer is professional. It is all too common for manufacturers abroad to slap together a cheap product with no proper packaging or instructions, which can end up doing more harm than good. Never buy a product if you see spelling errors, grammar errors or almost no description. These are all signs of a low-quality manufacturer and it probably means that whatever warranty they are offering will not be honored.
Read Reviews Before Ordering Online
If you find a new product that may have not received enough reviews to give you a good idea what to expect, it’s not a bad idea to wait a couple of months, especially if it’s an expensive item. Use Amazon, or a similar site for impartial reviews. Many websites pay reviewers for favorable comments, but by law a reviewer has to state if they have received anything other than the actual product in return for the review. They’re also required to tell you if they have any connection with the site, although it will usually be in tiny print somewhere on the website.
Send Back Defective USB Gadgets Right Away
Never wait more than 24 hours to send back a product which was DOA. It’s very common for electronics to get damaged en route, and so it may not always be the manufacturer’s or seller’s fault. However, the longer you wait to send it back, the lower your chances of getting a replacement. Always familiarize yourself with the store’s replacement polices in advance.
Use As Directed
Not so much as a buying tip as a using tip. Most USB devices are rated at around 5 volts, so, more juice than that and you’ve got a problem. If you try to use an adapter or an outlet of a higher power source, then that will effectively render the warranty void. If you need a charging device or a device to run your USB gadget from, then Stunning Gadget’s Solar Battery Charger and their Super Slim Powerbank are two of the best choices.