USB-C is the type of USB, that now comes on many phones, as it is an improvement over the previously used Micro USB.
It is the latest connecter developed for general use, by commercial electronics industry leaders.
It was developed as it offers many upgrades from the previously used micro USB.
USB type-C is smaller and able to transfer more power and data than its predecessors (USB-A, B, Micro). Therefore it is now being widely implemented and will most likely replace the others in the near future.
The USB-C is smaller, lighter and reversible.
This means that it takes up less space on your devices, so they can be thinner and lighter. Also USB C is easier to live with being reversible, so you can plug it in without having to make sure it is the correct way.
What does USB-C look like?
USB Type-A USB Type-C Micro USB
Are USB-C Cables all the same?
Yes and no.
A USB-C Cable will be the same and plug in the same, to a USBC Port, though not all are the same as some will work with fast charging, others will not, some offer faster speeds than others.
So a USB C cable will connect into any USB-C port, though it may only work to charge or transfer data at slower speeds than others on the market.
What is the best Type C cable?
The best cable is a type-C to type-C cable, as this will offer the fastest charging, through PD (Power Delivery).
This is how many modern laptops are now charging, as well as many new flagship mobile devices, as this allows for the fastest data transfer speeds and fast charging.
What does a USB-C Cable charge?
Anything that has the correct port, USB Type-C is very versatile, so it can be used for power delivery, data transfer, audio and more, as it is the same USB standard as USB 3.1. Further audio uses are being developed, with USB C audio being developed to replace the 3.5mm jack.
Why is it better than existing USB Cables?
- USB-C Is better than existing types of USB, as previously mentioned because it is smaller and is reversible. So that you no longer have to check that it is the correct way around, meaning that this is a simpler connector.
- It is universal, whether using iOS Windows, Apple, Android devices, whichever you have if it has the right USB port, then it is compatible. With more devices coming with USB-C connectors and with support from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and many other big companies, it is going to be on all devices very soon.
- It is very fast, USB-C can transfer data at up to 10Gbps (gigabits per second). Or an entire high definition feature-length movie in just 30 seconds.
- More power, USB Type-C cables can power almost anything and are able to give the device more power. As a result many devices now are powered by USBC, printers, laptops, most phones and tablets and even monitors and cameras.
- 4K UHD ready, as it can stream and transfer 4K content and HDMI displays.
- The cable of tomorrow is here today, and with such widespread support across the industry, the days of throwing your cable out every time you get a new device are over.
- It is part of the new standard cable so is also going to allow you to have less wasted cables and therefore a more sustainable, future proof cable. This was part of the EU’s calls for a standard cable across all devices, to prevent having lots of different cables and therefore more waste and old cables being chucked out. And here at Proze, we are happy to support such a change and be part of a sustainable and tech ready future.
What is Power Delivery?
Power Delivery or USB PD, is a charging protocol that uses high speed USB-C connecters and cables. Smartphones, tablets, cameras and laptops that are Power Delivery-enabled allow safe, faster charging and more power for larger devices, without the need of a separate power supply. USB PD will charge your smartphone up to 70% faster than standard 5W charging. Data transfer rate is also up to 10 Gbps on most PD cables. You can even share power between USB PD devices.
USB C and USB 3.1?
They are not the same, as USB 3.1 is the technology and standard, whereas USB-C is the hardware and type of cable.
So a USB C Cable can be a USB 2.0 or 3.0 underneath, which means the data transfer and charging speeds will be slower, however they may still support fast charging but again it will only be up to a certain standard / speed.
We have all types for fast charging (QC3.0, Huawei Supercharge) and PD.
Let us know if you need any further assistance with your cables or leave a comment down below.
Please note that to enable Quick Charging or PD, you will need the correct adapter / wall socket / mains chargers to plug into.