14 Mar Everything You Need To Know About USB-C
You have probably heard something about a new technology in recent conversations. You might have heard people mention their new phone or laptop when referring to it. Someone might even have mentioned rumors about the new iPhone. Well, all of this is true, and it’s a pretty big deal. The key to USB-C is the U: it’s universal.
A new connector
USB-C is the upcoming standard for charging and transferring data. It has actually been specified in 2014, but technology needed a bit more time to implement the whole idea.
USB-C is a new, reversible and smarter connector that’s easier to plug in and enables us to double the charging & transfer speed and carry significantly more power.
Source: PC World
Another connector that’s more familiar is the ‘normal’ USB port, also called USB Type-A, the one you never immediately plug in the right way (as it’s not reversible). USB over the years came in three different standards: USB 1.0, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, ranging in speed and capacity. Better technology, but still with the same massive connector that eventually didn’t fit anymore because new devices became smaller and thinner. Therefore, manufacturers came up with smaller connector shapes, like the micro USB, resulting in the now existing ocean of different-sized and –shaped connectors.
The USB-C connector has it all: it’s small (about third the size of a normal USB plug), fits in all new devices, can support various new standards like USB 3.1 and USB Power Delivery (USB PD), is multifunctional (can carry different kinds of data) and you can plug it in the right way, the first time, every single time.
The newest USB standard is USB 3.1. This is not the same as USB-C, as USB-C simply refers to the connector shape, and USB 3.1 refers to the underlying technology. Logically, USB 3.1 is a faster version of all previous USB standards. Specific: USB 3.1 has double the bandwidth of USB 3.0, which makes for a way faster transfer rate.
Power Delivery (PD)
Where USB 3.1 covers the part of data transfer or charging speed, USB Power Delivery covers the part of power transfer; the amount of power a device can either send or receive. USB PD supported by USB-C enables a dynamic power transfer from 0 up to 20V at 5A. This means that the USB-C connector with PD is even strong enough to charge a laptop or any other digital device such as monitors, up to 100W. There is one catch though; just because a device or cable supports USB-C, doesn’t mean it also supports USB PD. This could lead to serious disappointments if you don’t pay close attention to it. But now you know this, you won’t be fooled any longer!
A worthy upgrade
USB Type C is definitely a worthy upgrade, not just for you but also for the economy and environment! As time goes on, more and more devices will implement the USB-C PD technology. Not just your phone and laptop, but also your tablet, camera, monitors, external drives, speakers and even more. In a few years, everything will send and receive power through only one cable. This means we’ll be able to cut down on the waste of materials needed to produce chargers and cables, and we’ll be able to cut down on our expenses too. It’s a promising future. A future in which Apple and Android users will finally be able to share their chargers.
USB-C (left) versus the iPhone connector & micro USB | Source: Android Police
The first portable battery pack supporting both USB-C and USB PD.
At LifePower we’re building the world’s first battery pack fully integrating USB-C PD up to 100W. The LifePower A3 will feature two USB-C PD ports, two fast-charging USB-A ports, and an AC outlet with a capacity of 120W. These features make it a timeless and versatile power pack, able to charge up your vintage vinyl player, your smartphone and your newest MacBook Pro simultaneously at any location. The LifePower A3 will be launched on IndieGoGo by the end of March. Keep an eye on our socials to find out the exact launch date.