Back to school season is upon us and in full swing! As we sail into July and prepare to run headfirst into August, students in high school, college, and even graduate programs have a lot to do to prepare themselves for the school year start. The twenty-first-century student is as plugged in as ever, and it is necessary that you have all your tablets and phones ready to go at a moment’s notice. After all, many students these days utilize tablets and mobile phones as integral parts of their student experience. It is not uncommon to see many students taking handwritten notes on a tablet in college intro lectures and high school classrooms around the world or frantically taking photos of complicated equations on their smartphones, in order to use them as guides for later study sessions or problem sets. It is imperative, then, that your back to school list include the very items that are the lifeblood of a student’s gadgets: the USB chargers, adapters, and cables that keep their batteries full and enable them to work seamlessly with various monitors and devices. The following is a list of some of the most important USB accessories to add on to your school shopping list. Trust us―your wallet and gadgets will thank you!
Back to School Tablet and Smartphone USB Essentials
- USB Mini Cables. USB mini cables are some of the most versatile and inexpensive items on the electronic market. These are designed almost exclusively for devices that you use on the go―including smartphones and tablets, of course. Recognizable due to their gray receptacles and efficient four- and five-pin setups, these connectors are primed for smaller gadgets such as portable gaming devices (think Nintendo DS or Game Boy), digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets.
- Micro USB Cables. Micro USB cables are one of the most flexible cables that you can purchase. Many times, they are the long cord section of the actual original charger that you purchase with your tablet or smartphone―think of the white cord that you can detach from the square adapter of your iPhone or iPad! This cord generally connects to your smaller gadgets to a larger computer, and is perfect for transferring your videos, photos, music, documents, and more from one to the other.
- USB Mini Adapters. USB mini adapters are convenient and very cost-effective solutions for all of your connectivity requirements as a student! Featuring a mini female end in addition to a micro B-type male end, these adapters greatly lower the stress placed on the points of connection―thereby reducing the likelihood that your chargers or cables will break or stop functioning normally.