Technological advances have allowed a regular USB to become increasingly compact. While the more modern, state-of-the-art USBs are thinner, sleeker and sexier, they have a bit of a learning curve associated with using them. In particular, first time users often are not sure which direction the USB should be facing when plugged in to a USB port. Among other types of promo flash drives, these include our famous promotional Wafer USB Cards, and custom USB Clip.
This confusion is confined to only the thin USB drives because, unlike regular USB drives, the thin USB drives do not have a metal frame (see Figure 1) which confines the direction in which the regular USB can be plugged into a USB port to only one specific orientation. Consequently, the thin USB drives can be plugged in to a USB port facing both upwards and downwards. If a first time user accidentally plugs these thin USB drives incorrectly to a USB port, they will not work! This may get them concerned because they may think that they have received a faulty USB drive, which may not be the case. Instead, simply changing the USB drive’s direction so that it is now facing the other way when plugged into a USB port should get the USB drive working.
But, we do not find this trial and error method satisfactory. So, below we will give a diagrammatic representation of exactly how the USB must be plugged so that you get it right the first time, and every time!
Figure 2 shows an example of what a typical USB port on a laptop looks like. If the USB port is extracted from the laptop, it will look like the image shown to the right. Notice that there is a block inside the USB port. Typically this block is black, white or blue in color. This block is where the power connection pins of the USB port are located. If you look at the image on the right, you can see these power connection pins (in golden color).
When this thin custom USB clip is connected to a USB port, it must be connected such that the connection pins of the USB drive come in contact with the power connection pins of the USB port. Thus, for the USB port shown in Figure 2, the custom USB clip (shown in Figure 3), must be plugged such that the golden pins of the drive face upwards so that they come in contact with the power connection pins of the port. It’s as simple as that!
In other words, once you know which side the USB port’s power connector pins faces, you can easily determine the orientation of the USB drive. Figure 4 shows the direction in which the USB drive’s pins must face for different USB port configurations.
The best part about all this is that the promo flash drives you purchase from us at Promotional Drives are completely functional, with the added benefit of being very sleek.
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