InTheMail | Voltlog #337

Welcome to a new InTheMail, the series that will touch both your passion for electronics and your bank account at the same time. We have a selection of different items received in this mailbag, I’m gonna start with this USB to RS232 serial adapter cable, inside this uses the famous Prolific PL2303 chipset and there is nothing wrong with that chipset but many people have had problems with that, including myself. Those problems are mostly related to fake chips, because going on Aliexpress and purchasing the cheapest usb to serial port cable adapter you can find will most certainly ensure you get a fake chip. Better cables that use genuine chips from prolific like this Ugreen branded one are more expensive but it should pay for itself in the long run by providing reliable connections when you need them.

I like this particular model also because it comes in a 2m length because sometimes you would use a cable like this to connect some large piece of gear and it might be helpful to have this 2m length of cable up to your computer.