The "Brick", as the central building block 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.
This is also compatible with most older computers and MacBooks, but the new MacBooks and 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 here to connect the new MacBooks to the Lego Mindstorms EV3 “brick”.
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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
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!
By the way, my recommendation is one USB-C cable, as the adapters are sometimes strained by cable pulls in the heat of the moment, which is harmful to the USB port in the computer due to the leverage effect. I would also use a long cable, because then 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 quickly update and start a program. This is where the Belkin charging cable comes in handy:
- 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
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.
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