USB-C Charging Explained
The biggest players in technology are moving toward adopting USB-C and the Power Delivery standard in their latest devices. That means we can start to charge all of our favorite tech (laptops, phones, speakers, smart watches, etcetera, etcetera) using the same cord, with the same connector. Type C comes with a ton of other benefits too, which we outlined in our last USB-C article. Check it out if you haven’t already.
USB-C can charge bigger devices than the USB we’re used to, and it charges faster too – about 70% faster actually. While all of these advancements are great, understanding how Type C works for our unique devices can get a little confusing. We’ve put together some quick explanations and helpful hints, to help you get the most out of your USB-C charge.
Super Fast Charging & Power Delivery
Power Delivery (PD) is basically a fast charging protocol. It’s a standard that USB-C charging agrees to, so that everyone’s devices are compatible and have the same basic functionality. It’s kind of like how ‘Qi’ is the universal standard for wireless charging. It’s a common language that technology & chargers speak together and a common standard to which they’re tested.
Here’s what you should know about USB-C & Power Delivery:
- With the launch of USB-C PD, charging power levels have increased up to a robust 100 Watts and 3 amps of power. And it’s this increase in power delivery that allows a USB-C cord to charge more power-demanding tech, like laptops, monitors, and even some printers.
- USB-C is bi-directional, so devices can either send or receive power. And power can be delivered at the same time a device is transmitting data, across the same connection—which means you can charge your phone with your laptop, or your laptop with your phone.
- Because USB-C connectors were specifically designed with Power Delivery in mind, they’re able to carry this new higher wattage without being damaged or overheating.
- USB-C with PD is smart. It delivers the power needed to charge a specific device as fast as possible without delivering too much, for optimal charging every time. How does it know? Well, the PD actually communicates with a device to determine how much power can be pulled from the charger, so it will never overpower or damage the unit.
What are some common devices that now use USB-C charging?
When it comes to USB-C Charging, how much power do you really need?
We know that USB-C with PD can deliver up to 100 Watts of power, but is understanding how much power a device needs actually important? Yes, sort of. You’ll want to check the specs on any PC before you buy, because not all USB-C ports are created equal. The good news is that, because USB-C is smart, you can’t overcharge your device. That means, plugging into a 60 Watt charger, when you only need 15 Watts, is completely fine. But, using too small of a charger, means you may not get as fast of a charge as you’re used to.
Obviously outliers exist, but this chart gives you a pretty good idea of the kind of wattage your device needs to get a good charge.
BYRNE IS ON BOARD
We understand that USB-C is positioned to be the new industry standard—which is why we already offer this universal interface in many of our products. But we also offer blended solutions that can charge your older devices too. The chart below can help you navigate which Type C charging outlet is right for you.
Whether you’re powering your home or office, a hospitality space or someplace in between, Byrne is committed to offering smart charging solutions that allow you to charge not only Type-C devices, but older devices as well. We’ve integrated USB-C into a variety of desktop and mobile power units, and it’s even available as an interchangeable “chiclet,” allowing you to customize nearly any Byrne power unit.