Can one USB port or connector be used to charge everything? Since the introduction of the USB-C or USB Type-C back in 2014, this question is no longer theoretical. This new rounded connector is here to replace the common rectangular-shaped Type-A connectors found on most consumer gadgets on the market.
The technology is gaining a lot of ground, but many people are still in the dark on what it is and what advantages it offers consumers. This is odd since it is found in a majority of the laptops, phone and tablets that are manufactured these days. It seems the days of relying on Micro USB and USB type-A as the dominant ports and connectors are slowly coming to end.
What is the 20-Volt USB-C?
To put it simply, the 20-volt USB-C is a USB type (not to be confused with standard or specification) with an oblong-shaped connector or port designed to connect and charge all devices. It is capable of producing 20 volts and 5 watts, allowing it to deliver 100 watts (when using the USB 3.1 standard). This is one of the biggest selling points of the technology that has manufacturers of consumer gadgets excited to adopt it.
What You Need to Know About the 12-Volt USB-C
The technology is capable of insane data transfer speeds. Due to the USB-C’s support for USB 3.1 and 3.2 standards, it can manage data transfer rates of 10-20 gigabytes, as well as significantly higher bandwidths. Now no one has to wait minutes to transfer large files – the transfer will happen in seconds.
Another big advantage is its small size. Manufacturers can now make their gadgets more compact. For example, with thinner USB ports, laptop manufacturers can make ultra-thin laptops. In fact, this is more evident with the thinner MacBooks that have been rolled out by Apple since they started putting the technology in its laptops.
Thanks to its oblong shape, the USB-C is easier to connect. How many times has anyone of us tried to connect a USB without looking, only to find that we are connecting it upside-down? Too many times. This has been the cause for many frustrations, and the USB-C eliminates that.
Since the 20 volts and 5 watts enable it to deliver 100 watts (20 multiplied by 5) of power, the USB-C type can be used to charge any device. Think about it: you have one charger that can be used to charge anything, whether it is a phone or power tool. Furthermore, this also has the added advantage of significantly speeding up charge times – this is better than the 5 volts and 1.8 amps (9 watts) of the previous type.
Current Major Challenges of the 12-Volt USB
Despite the advantages the technology offers, there are still a few kinks to work out.
One of them is how to safely charge phones with 20 volts coursing through the USB cable instead of the 5 volts they are used to. This can potentially cause the phone to overheat due to the high voltage, damaging the battery in the process. If the phone keeps overheating, it could become unusable.
Another challenge is allowing the 5 amps of current to pass through power bricks without needing them to be bulky. One way to do this is by increasing the internal diameter of the wiring so it can handle the increased current without increasing its size.
The 20-volt USB-C is here, and its advantages are too good to pass up, especially the ability to charge every device, fast charge and transfer data at lightning speeds. There is no denying there are some issues to work out, but the technology can only get better with time.