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What is USB-C? And Why You Want it

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Last year, USB Type C (better known as USB-C) got a huge awareness boost when Apple included a USB-C power adapter and USB-C to Lightning Cable with its iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models. For the first time, the power of USB-C PD fast-charging came in the box.

Last month, in a nod to environmental impact, Apple announced it will no longer include a power adapter with new Apple Watches. If the rumors are true, it may do the same with iPhone 12 devices.

This means users upgrading their iPhone for the first time in years may need to seek out a USB-C PD power adapter or portable charger to reap the benefits of fast-charge.

 

 


What is USB-C?

USB stands for “Universal Serial Bus.” Designed to be one type of connector for all devices. However, over the years, Multiple variations such as USB-A, Micro-USB, Mini-USB and others were released.

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Enter USB-C. The first truly universal connector for transmitting both data and power on a single cable. It comes as just a single tiny port, and can be used with any type of device.

If you’ve purchased a new electronic device recently, there’s a chance you’ve already experienced the USB-C standard. Many Android phones, the Nintendo Switch, MacBooks and latest iPads all adopted it.

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What is USB-C PD?

PD (or Power Delivery) is a USB-C protocol that enables higher power levels for faster charge speeds. It can deliver for up to 100 watts, depending on what your device is designed to handle. Enough to fast-charge anything from smartphones to full size products such as laptops.

Why is USB-C Better?

 

1.  It’s smaller and thinner. Ideal for even the slimmest of devices.

2.  It’s reversible. Insert the connector in either direction for an error-free connection, every time.

3.  It’s versatile. Not only quicker charging for more devices, but super fast data transfer rate, including video and audio.

4. It’s backwards compatible. While you can’t physically insert a USB-C connector into an older port shape, it will work electronically with previous versions using an appropriate adapter or cable.

 

The Future of USB-C

With USB-C quickly becoming ubiquitous, you’ll eventually have a single standardized connector for all your gadgets. 

Less confusion. Better performance.

This shift toward USB-C could also drastically cut down on the number of varying cables and charging accessories you’ll need. 

Less waste. Healthier planet.

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