Nowadays, high speed data cables are widely used for charging or powering IT and communication devices, such as laptop computers, tablets, mobile phones and power banks, and have replaced traditional power supply cords.

Power capabilities of cables are rising to meet the demand for faster charging and powering devices of higher wattage. However, users may not be aware of the potential risks of overheating and fire due to the use of poorly constructed cables. These cables may be made of substandard materials with inferior thermal and flame resistant properties, or the connector design may not meet the specifications. In addition, the wiring may not be properly terminated at the connector or the assembly is not suitable for carrying the required current.

With a view to address the potential safety hazards of these cables, UL developed an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Power Cable Certification program specifically for cable assemblies that provide data transmission and power or charging for connected equipment in a circuit that does not exceed 60 V dc, 8.0 A and 100 W.

Take a look at our new video which explains how UL tests and certifies charging cables – please reach out to UL via the contact us form to learn more.