I freaking hate USB type C connectors.

vegeta535

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So after a month my pixel 2xl replacement is already showing signs of issues with the connector. Google replaced the last one for the same issue. This is the 3rd phone I had with a USB C connector and they all developed issues with in a year. I have been extra careful with the replacement and still issues developed. Aonther guy at work also told me he is starting to have connection issues with his S10 after about 6 months. Do I just have bad luck or are USB C connectors not worth a shit? I never had issues with the various so called inferior micro USB connectors.
 

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I haven't heard of the failure rate being any worse than micro USB.

Not sure if your Pixel supports it but I upgraded to wireless chargers at my desk and nightstand. Other than long road trips I never have to touch the usb port anymore.

I do see a ton of problems with intermittent connectivity on USB C docking stations. Sometimes it's the docks, sometimes mobos, sometimes drivers, sometimes OS.... I loathe them. I wish we could go back to real dedicated laptop docking ports.
 

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I haven't heard of the failure rate being any worse than micro USB.

Not sure if your Pixel supports it but I upgraded to wireless chargers at my desk and nightstand. Other than long road trips I never have to touch the usb port anymore.

I do see a ton of problems with intermittent connectivity on USB C docking stations. Sometimes it's the docks, sometimes mobos, sometimes drivers, sometimes OS.... I loathe them. I wish we could go back to real dedicated laptop docking ports.
It doesn't support wireless charging unfortunately. It is finicky no matter which cable, computer or wall charger I use. I probably didn't have more then 30 plugs/unplugs on this phone before it started becoming a issue.
 

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That's rough. Do you know if the replacement was a refurb? No telling how many plugs it's had prior if so.

I think standard usb c still uses 4 large through PCB pins for strength. Although I wouldn't be shocked if phone makers are using some special surface mount only jack to cut size down .00001 mm
 

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That's rough. Do you know if the replacement was a refurb? No telling how many plugs it's had prior if so.

I think standard usb c still uses 4 large through PCB pins for strength. Although I wouldn't be shocked if phone makers are using some special surface mount only jack to cut size down .00001 mm
It was a refurb. Looked brand new but that doesn't mean much.
 

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My Pixel 2XL is getting picky about which cable I plug it into. It was also refurb because my first one developed a usb-c issue where the headphone adapter would not work.
 

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My OG Pixel is on its 3rd year - no issue. Maybe it's a Pixel 2XL specific thing?
Note - I only use the smaller (non-XL) models. Don't know what they're doing with the XLs lol. My friend has a Pixel 2 (regular) and hasn't mentioned anything either.
 

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I've had my Pixel 2 XL for awhile and I haven't had any issues with it.
 

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I love USB C.. haven't had any wear out on me across my PCs or phones so far and I had a Nexus 6P for 2 years which was one of the first phones to use it. No issues with my 2 XL either after almost 2 years. Bad luck or bad cables (breaking the connector or something) on your end, I'd say.

I recall Nimisys' thread where he had the same issue with his 2 XL and it turned out to be a little bit of lint in the port. Once he cleaned it out it was good again, so maybe check that out.
 
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My laptop uses USB-c charging has been fine since OCT 2018, when I got it. My Switch uses USB-c as well, and has been fine since launch.

I do know of one person with a Pixel 2 with an USB-c port that won't hold in a charge cable, and despite our attempts to clean out the port, the cables just don't click/catch in. We tried several different cables (pixel OEM, some cheap one bought from a store a few minutes before, and my MBP charger+cable - I don't have a MBP, though I like their charger design and disconnectable DC cable), and short of some fine jingling, nothing was getting a charger connection.

Don't know what that person did in the end.
 

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I have a 2 year old pixel 2 (not xl) no issues so far. Have 2 stock charges/cables and a nice USB to USB C my dx120 came with I use also. Have a few micro USB to C adapter I use with old cables I still have and no issues.
 

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My port is just worn out, probably from plugging USB-C cables in and out of it. They all fit lose, so sometimes I'll plug it in and it will start charging, but by the time I set it down the cable has partially come unplug and the phone won't charge.

Wow I removed the pocket lint and it's working much better. I really had to dig it out, it kinda formed a new floor in the connector. I used a twisty tie, and even after I had dug it out there was more trapped on the edges that was very hard to see.
 
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This is the second case where the port was fine but was stuffed with lint haha.
It was the first thing I check and and the ports are clean. My 6P and first pixel 2xl both became completely loose after a year. The replacement still "clicks" in but needs a little jiggling to get connected and rapid charging.
 

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It was the first thing I check and and the ports are clean. My 6P and first pixel 2xl both became completely loose after a year. The replacement still "clicks" in but needs a little jiggling to get connected and rapid charging.
Yea, it was a port that went bad on my original pixel 2XL. The headphone adapter wouldn't work.
 

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I have this issue too...

My original charger/cable is hit or miss. I have a car charger and cable though that works perfectly. I did find that blowing can air into the port has helped so I'm doing that regularly now.
 

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So, obviously this is all conjecture, but I have had my p2XL since launch and I work in grease, dirt, snow, kicked it into space a few times and I've never had a single issue with the connector. It's been the most rugged so far on any phone I have owned. Still using the same charger YEARS later.
 

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Bought this:
USB C Magnetic Wireless Charger Receiver Kit SIKAI Ultra Slim Combination Wired & Wireless Charging Cable Magnetic Wireless Receiver with Free Magnetic Cable (for USB C+5A Cable) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QNW32V4/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_i_CYr8Db5T19WKA

Converted everything to magnetic and never looked back.

Can you post some pictures of this device installed on your phone? There is only a single picture and either I'm too tired and hungry or I do not see how it connects to your phone.
 

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Can you post some pictures of this device installed on your phone? There is only a single picture and either I'm too tired and hungry or I do not see how it connects to your phone.
Sure. Case pretty much required. I've been using this for almost a year now. Works awesome. Wireless is slow ish, but more than enough for me. The magnetic side is quick and still allows data through for Android auto or data transfer. I can use the same cable for my pixel and my work iPhone which is helpful. It doesn't stick out as far as it looks with a case, and I abuse the crap out of this phone and it's taken the abuse like a boss. ;)
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Thanks. It does stick out a bit. Interesting idea and I'm surprised it allows data transfer.
 

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Sure. Case pretty much required. I've been using this for almost a year now. Works awesome. Wireless is slow ish, but more than enough for me. The magnetic side is quick and still allows data through for Android auto or data transfer. I can use the same cable for my pixel and my work iPhone which is helpful. It doesn't stick out as far as it looks with a case, and I abuse the crap out of this phone and it's taken the abuse like a boss. ;)
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I though about getting that but just don't like it sticking out like that. Even with a case I had fear of it snagging on something and breaking the port.
 

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I though about getting that but just don't like it sticking out like that. Even with a case I had fear of it snagging on something and breaking the port.
I did too. With a case, it's not quite as pronounced. It definitely still sticks out though. With kids and atlanta driving, it's less risk than it getting snagged on a fall with a cord attached for me. At worst the adapter gets smashed. There's not really enough leverage to do any damage to the phone I would think. It probably does hurt it's ip rating though so meh, pros/cons.
 
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To make things worse, every phone manufacturers have their own damn designs of USB-C with various charging capabilities. To make shit worse, most come in USB2.0 data transfer speed except those top end phones. Cream of crop: with or without audio DAC.
 

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I've had issues with my Pixel 3 where sometimes it will not charge. It turns out that the port on the phone had lint stuck in it. I pulled it out and now it charges.
 

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My wife's S9 was having trouble with the USB-C connection. Changed the cable for a high quality cable and it's been good ever since. My Lumia 950 is being more useless every day but the USB-C connector remains flawless.
 

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I've been using the charger that came with it, and cord from amazon, and have not had any issues charging my Pixel 2. had it 18 months now
 

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So after a month my pixel 2xl replacement is already showing signs of issues with the connector. Google replaced the last one for the same issue. This is the 3rd phone I had with a USB C connector and they all developed issues with in a year. I have been extra careful with the replacement and still issues developed. Aonther guy at work also told me he is starting to have connection issues with his S10 after about 6 months. Do I just have bad luck or are USB C connectors not worth a shit? I never had issues with the various so called inferior micro USB connectors.

So one thing to watch out for is lint getting trapped in the phone's socket which prevents a good connection. I thought I was going to have to get a new phone due to the connection issues I was having with my Pixel 2, but after doing some research I cleaned out the socket with a small paper clip and it fixed my problem.
 
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So far USB-C has been the best version of USB on phones that I've ever owned.

Hasn't been a year yet, but it's getting there and it's showing no signs of issues.

Pixel 3 XL.
 

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The connector (hole) is big enough to get filled with all sort of "stuff" (lint, dust, junk). Mine got a stray piece of lint, I plugged into it and now everything is loose even after cleaning the debris out. Sigh...

Didn't have the problem with micro USB, it was just so tiny.
 

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Pixel 2 here, had this issue as well. Multiple aggressive cleanings with a needle got out a bunch of lint and it helped. Now the charger stays plugged in, before I cleaned it it was super finnicky and would fall out with the slightest touch.
 

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Sounds like a pixel problem. My first type C phone was my nexus 6p. Now I have a OnePlus 5t. But had/have zero issues with the type C connector. I agree with others. I love typeC more than any other type of connector.
 

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My wife's S9 was having trouble with the USB-C connection. Changed the cable for a high quality cable and it's been good ever since.

My experience was the other way. I had intermittent drop outs in my car- which made Android Auto unusable. I swapped out the fancy nylon braided cable with a generic one and all my connection issues went away. And I had tried cleaning the port with GUM Proxabrushes and compressed air blasts too. I was days away from paying a fixaphone joint $200 (micro solder) to replace the port on my barely year-old Moto G6.

Always try multiple cables before pronouncing the port DOA.
 
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