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Mini USB cable.

Hi guys, I'm looking to buy a Mini USB extension cable. USB mini male to USB mini female and 3 meters long.

Thought I'd find one quickly on tinterweb, but been searching for the last hour and can't seem to find one. ...anyone know where I can pick one up?

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Interesting, I haven't found any yet either.

Wonder if there is a technical reason?
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Thanks Atom, they are what I'm after...but need it to be 3 meters long mate.
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Interesting, I haven't found any yet either.

Wonder if there is a technical reason?
I just rang Maplin, was told there's no technical why you can't use a 3 meter one. ..............just nobody has any.
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That's not entirely true, at 3m you are probably OK as it's not THAT long.

But for instance, at work we have a plotter that is USB only not network ready or anything. We were using a lead about 6m long and having all sorts of issues sometimes with it just stopping mid-print.

After a lot of dicking about trying different cables etc we came across a thread somewhere and there is actually a length too long for certain types of USB communication because of low voltage and current.

Not relevant particularly just thought i would share some useless information!


Back to your original question. What do you actually need? Mini, Micro or Normal seeing as the links above have a mixture of all of them!

Left to Right Micro, Mini, Normal


There are loads of options, there will be a combination that will get you where you need to be!
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Thanks for the info, the connection I need to make is from male mini to female mini.

Could I make the length up by using a female mini to male usb 2 cable, then use a female usb 2 to male mini?
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I'd just 'contact' the sellers I mentioned and ask them if they can make you one, and how much.
Its in their interest to grab a sale.
Most of these are 'home made' and not palmed off after opening a container full.

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Yeah that's an idea, no harm in asking. I'll do that later when I get home.

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I've also known of line length issues where a line driver was needed. I'm still suspicious that if no one makes them there is a reason.
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Yeah I would say with overly long cables there would be issues, similar to when using really long ADSL cable to connect to a modem.
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Thanks for the info, the connection I need to make is from male mini to female mini.

Could I make the length up by using a female mini to male usb 2 cable, then use a female usb 2 to male mini?
No reason why not (so long as the length isn't too long )

Can only give it a go, they're all cheap!
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Yeah I would say with overly long cables there would be issues, similar to when using really long ADSL cable to connect to a modem.
Overly long is above 100-150m for CAT5 ethernet- as we also found out.....
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We actually had problems with both ADSL and ethernet cables over a 50 meter run, connection was sooooooo slow and kept breaking up, was quicker to use Royal Mail than email.

Picked up two 1.5 meter mini to usb 2 cables from a local electronics shop...all working fine now!
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