Everything You Need to Know About USB-C Cords

For charging and transferring data, USB-C is the new standard. The newest laptops, smartphones, and tablets already have it, and it will eventually make its way to other devices that utilize the bigger, older USB port.

And boy, we have great news for you! Power Aware offers Type-C cords that not only bring you up to date to the latest standard in tech but at the same time help you realize just how much electricity is going into your devices.


Buckle up because this quick read will surely be a ride you’ll enjoy!

USB-C has a compact, reversible connection form that makes it easy to plug. Larger gadgets like laptops may be charged using USB-C connections since they can transport more power.

One thing about this new innovation is it can transport data at a rate of 10 Gbps, which is up to two times as fast as USB 3's.

If you worry about not having the latest gadgets with type-C ports, don’t worry! Adapters may be used with older devices even though connections are not usually backward compatible.

Although USB-standards C's were officially released in 2014, the technology has only recently gained widespread use.

Thunderbolt and DisplayPort, as well as other older USB standards, may be able to be replaced by it. Even a new USB audio standard utilizing USB-C as a possible substitute for the 3.5mm audio connection is in the works for testing.

In addition to USB-C, USB 3.1 and USB Power Delivery have been included in USB-C to provide faster speeds and more power through USB connections, respectively.


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The Type-C connector is changing the shape of charging as we know it

The new physical connection for USB Type-C is about the same size as a micro USB connector. USB 3.1 and USB power delivery are only two of the exciting new USB standards that may be supported by the USB-C connection (USB PD).

USB Kind-A is the most common type of USB connection. It's remained the same even as we've progressed from USB 1 to USB 2 to USB 3 devices.

It's as big as ever, but there's only one way to connect it (which is obviously never the way you try to plug it in the first time). As gadgets shrank in size, USB ports were too large to accommodate. The "micro" and "mini" USB connections were created as a result of this.

Finally, an end has been reached to the jumble of different-shaped connections for various-sized gadgets. USB Type-C introduces a new connection standard that is very compact. Compared to an old USB Type-A plug, it's just about a third of the size. For this to work, every device must be able to utilize the same connection.

Connecting an external hard drive to your laptop or charging your smartphone from a USB charger is all you need to do with one wire.

Despite its little size, the one connection is powerful enough to connect your laptop to any number of external devices. As a single cable, it features USB Type-C connections on both ends.


There is a lot to enjoy about USB-C one thing’s for sure: you won't have to rotate the connection around a minimum of three times to find the right orientation anymore!

A single USB connection form should be adopted by all devices, so you don't have to store a large number of USB cables with multiple connector shapes for each of your numerous devices. And you won't have to deal with bulky connectors eating up valuable space on ever-thinner gadgets.

Alternate modes in USB Type-C ports enable you to use adapters that can produce HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, or other kinds of connections from a single USB port, in addition to supporting a wide range of protocols.


Power delivery

Similarly, USB PD and USB Type-C are connected. To charge a smartphone or tablet, you'll need more than the 2.5 watts provided by a USB 2.0 connection.

The power supply may be increased to a maximum of 100 watts using USB PD specifications enabled by USB-C and USB 3.0. Power may be sent and received in both directions since it is bidirectional.

Not only that, power may be sent when data is being sent over the link, and this power can be transferred at the same time. Even a laptop, which typically takes up to 60 watts of electricity, maybe charged using this method.


But is good power transfer really enough?

Here at Power Aware, we elevate the newest technologies to add awareness. Our USB-C cord brilliantly features a design that simulates current flow.

I mean no matter how good the cable type is, if you’re just going to leave your devices overnight eventually, it’s going to end up in poor shape.

With our cables you get to see when the battery is fully charged as the light flow from the cable eventually comes to a halt. Minutes before, you’ll already notice the flow of energy slow down.


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Both Apple's new MacBook and Google's new Chromebook Pixel utilize USB-C connections to charge. USB-C might be the end of all those special laptops charging cords since anything could be charged using a basic USB connection.

You could even use one of those portable battery packs to power your laptop in the same way you use your smartphone and other mobile gadgets. Connecting a power cord to a USB Type-C port on your laptop allows you to charge your laptop while you use it as an external display, all via one tiny port.

When you’re looking for a cable, try the PAC Type-C and start changing your charging habits for the better!