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I can't find any manufacturers who make vertical through-hole USB mini-B plugs. I can find plenty of receptacles, and plenty of micro-B and A plugs, but no mini-B. Not even discontinued models.

Is there any particular reason they don't seem to exist?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ My guess would be that mini-USB has more-or-less been completely superseded by micro-USB. I haven't seen mini-USB in any recently released device (3-5 years). I still have plenty of old devices that use it, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Shamtam Sep 11 '13 at 2:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Shamtam Plenty of new devices ship with mini-USB: calculators, radios, USB hubs, optical drives, and BeagleBoards, to name those I can see from where I'm sitting. \$\endgroup\$ – Tortoise Sep 11 '13 at 2:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hirose (HRS) UX20-MB-5P is what you are looking for. \$\endgroup\$ – Andy Feb 14 '18 at 23:27
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Is there any particular reason they don't seem to exist?

Yes. Behold: USB Mini-A and Mini-B have been deprecated since 2007

http://www.usb.org/developers/Deprecation_Announcement_052507.pdf

Dear USB Developer,

With the recent introduction of the Micro-USB connectors, the USB-IF is taking the strong step to deprecate the Mini-A and Mini-AB connectors in order to minimize the number of cable combinations required to support the various product interconnections and minimize marketplace confusion. Based upon this, the USB-IF will no longer certify products that use the Mini-A and Mini-AB connectors nor products that use them. This change is effective immediately. Vendors of USB On-The-Go (OTG) products are directed to adopt the Micro-AB receptacle on all new OTG designs in lieu of the Mini-AB previously approved for this application. In addition, all Mini-A and Mini-AB connectors that are currently on the Integrators List will be removed.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Sure, but I can't find even any obsolete part numbers. \$\endgroup\$ – Tortoise Sep 11 '13 at 22:43
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Is this what you need?

Mini USB Type B Vertical 5 Contacts WR-COM

Isolation resistance >1000 MΩ
Working voltage 30 V (AC)
Dielectric withstanding voltage 750 VAC/ min
Rated current 1 A
Contact resistance 20 mΩ max.

Its available from Digikey.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm looking for plugs. The male kind. \$\endgroup\$ – Tortoise Sep 11 '13 at 22:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Tortoise: I am not sure that there ever was a through hole version of the male connectors. You will probably only find something like this. \$\endgroup\$ – Rev1.0 Sep 12 '13 at 6:52

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