Which USB cable do you need for Lego Mindstorms EV3?

For the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Brick you need a USB cable with a mini USB plug. Here you can find out which adapters and cables are compatible (Photo: Lego.com).

The "Brick", like the central component in the Lego Mindstorms EV3 set is called, comes with a mini-USB port, via which you can connect the computer module to the PC or Mac. The cable supplied in the set therefore has a mini-USB connector on one side and a USB-A connector on the other.

For the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Brick you need a USB cable with a mini USB plug. Here you can find out which adapters and cables are compatible (Photo: Lego.com).

For the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Brick you need a USB cable with a mini USB plug. Here you can find out which adapters and cables are compatible (Photo: Lego.com).

This is also compatible for most older computers and MacBooks, but the new MacBooks or the new MacBook Pro with the touch bar only come with a USB-C (USB 3.1) port. For this reason I am listing the different cables and adapters to connect the new MacBooks to the "Brick" from Lego Mindstorms EV3.

Replacement for the supplied USB-A to mini-USB cable

If you need this cable again, you can choose a suitable cable from this list:

USB-C cable and adapter for the EV3 Brick

If you have a new Mac or Chromebook with a USB-C interface, you will either need a USB-A to USB-C adapter or a USB-C to mini-USB cable to connect the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Brick with the Computer to connect. Here are the corresponding products:

Compatible adapters from USB-C to USB-A

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Compatible USB-C to mini-USB cables

Or the version with the direct cable:

No other cable other than the Belkin mentioned below is currently available. As soon as more providers are on the market, I'll improve here!

My recommendation

By the way, my recommendation is a USB-C cable, as the adapters are sometimes stressed by cable pull in the heat of the moment, which is detrimental to the USB port in the computer due to the leverage. I would also use a long cable, because this way the robot still has some "leash" to cover short distances with the cable. This is useful when you are testing something and always want to update and start a program quickly. The Belkin charging cable is ideal here:

Belkin USB-C to USB Mini-B charging cable (1,8m, suitable for digital cameras, GoPro Hero4 black, GoPro ...
  • USB-C enabled devices (the new Macbook, Chromebook Pixel) with Mini-B devices and peripherals such as GoPro and ...
  • USB-C connector that can be inserted on both sides
  • 500 mA output current, data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbit / s
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