Some computers and Chromebooks only have USB-C or Thunderbolt ports and no USB-A ports. Such devices include all Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, as well as some many Dell, HP, and Lenovo laptops. Many Chromebooks also have only USB-C ports.
A USB-A port is rectangular and has been used for about 20 years. A USB-C port is much smaller than a USB-A and is distinct from a mini or micro USB port. Thunderbolt 3 ports are physically the same as USB-C and are compatible with USB-C, but they have additional capabilities.
Computers and Chromebooks with only USB-C ports will require either an adapter or a native USB-C cable to use Vernier USB products. Whenever possible, we recommend using a native USB-C cable rather than an adapter.
Vernier products come with cables utilizing USB-A for connection to computers and Chromebooks and, in some instances, charging. USB-C cables are sold separately. We offer the following USB-C cables for use with our products USB products:
Mini USB-C Cable (CB-USB-C-MINI)
Micro USB to USB-C Cable (CB-USB-C-MICRO)
Which cable you need depends on the type of USB connector the Vernier product uses. Some products use a mini-USB connector, some use a micro-USB connector, and some use a standard USB connector. The table below identifies which cable will work for a particular Vernier product.
|Product Type||Vernier Products||Appropriate USB-C cable|
|Sensor Interfaces||LabQuest 2 (LABQ2), LabQuest Stream (LQ-STREAM), LabQuest Mini (LQ-MINI), Original LabQuest||Mini USB-C Cable (CB-USB-C-MINI)|
|LabQuest 3 (LABQ3)||Micro USB to USB-C Cable (CB-USB-C-MICRO)|
|LabPro||Full-size USB-B Cable not sold by Vernier**|
|Go!Link (GO-LINK), EasyLink (EZ-LINK)*||USB-A to USB-C Adapter not sold by Vernier**|
|Go! Motion (GO-MOT), CBR 2 (CBR2)||Full-size USB-B Cable not sold by Vernier**|
|Go!Temp (GO-TEMP), EasyTemp (EZ-TMP)*||USB-A to USB-C Adapter not sold by Vernier**|
|Spectrometers||Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer (GDX-SVISPL), Vernier UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (VSP-UV), Vernier Fluorescence/UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (VSP-FUV), Vernier Emissions Spectrometer (VSP-EM)||Mini USB-C Cable (CB-USB-C-MINI)|
|Original SpectroVis and SpectroVis Plus, Vernier Spectrometer and other Ocean Optics Spectrometers, Vernier Flash Photolysis Spectrometer||Full-size USB-B Cable not sold by Vernier**|
|Gas Chromatographs||Mini Gas Chromatograph 2, Mini Gas Chromatograph||Mini USB-C Cable (CB-USB-C-MINI)|
|Balances||OHAUS Balances (all models – OHAUS USB adapter cable also required, sold separately)||USB-A to USB-C Adapter not sold by Vernier**|
|Go Direct Sensors||All Go Direct Sensors (except Go Direct SpectroVis Plus)||Micro USB to USB-C Cable (CB-USB-C-MICRO)|
* EasyLink and EasyTemp require a additional Easy to Go! Adapter (MINI-USB) USB adapter to work with computers or Chromebooks.
**Purchase third-party cables with care. The USB-C standard is new enough that there are some poor quality cables being sold:
For an overview of USB-C connections, see