Why Do You Need USB-C Chargers? Here’s All You Need to Know
Tech-savvy individuals may often have more than one device at a time, and managing separate chargers for each of them can be challenging. USB or Universal Serial Bus is the solution to this problem. USB is not a new concept; it has been around for a quarter-century. But over the years, it has undergone many changes, and USB Type-C is the latest addition in the USB family.
What is a USB Type-C Charger?
A USB Type-C charger is an industry-standard connector used to address the need for a wide range of display, data transmission, and charging applications. Whether you have larger devices like laptops or smaller ones like phones, you can charge and transfer data between them using a single cable. The objective of Type-C chargers is to replace all previous iterations of USB cables while greatly expanding overall capabilities. These reversible cables have been created by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum), a group of more than 700 companies, including leading names like Apple, Samsung, Dell, Microsoft, and Intel.
Types of USB Connectors
Though USB Type-C charges are the most preferred considering efficiency, several other USB cables exist. Different types of USB cables are:
- USB-A: It is one of the most popular and commonly used USBs. Its application is vast – from computers to power outlets. Usually, the cables you use for your smartphones and tablets have USB-A and Micro-USB or USB-C input slots. The disadvantage of USB-A is that there is only one way to slot it into the port. An incorrect insert can damage the cable or your device.
- USB-B: This Type-B is generally used to connect external hard drives or printers with desktop computers. Type-B ports are not as popular as other USB cables.
- USB-B Mini: This kind is often called a mini-USB. They are smaller connectors; their four-pin and five-pin versions are available. Mini versions are used for portable devices such as digital cameras, memory card readers and more.
- USB-B Micro: Often called Micro USB, you see these connectors in most smartphones and external hard drives. Like USB-A, a Micro-USB can also go into the port only in a single direction. As they are smaller in size, it’s hard to match the shape of the port with the Micro-USB cable.
- USB 3.0: USB 3.0 has more pins than the above versions, making data transfer faster. It has uniquely shaped connector pins to withstand more frequent use.
- USB-C: This recent addition in the USB family allows high-speed data transfers and a faster power flow. A standard USB Type-C charger has 24 pins. Therefore, your devices get charged quickly. USB-C chargers are reversible and can be plugged in either way.
Advantages of USB-C Chargers
- There is no need to keep several cables: USB Type-C connectors may soon become universal and will be found in pretty much every handheld device and even cars. Hence, you won’t have to keep multiple USB cables for your various devices. It’s a blessing if you’re a frequent traveller.
- Reversible: With USB-C connectors, you don’t need to waste a lot of time looking for the correct orientation. Unlike other USB cables, you can insert it either way.
- Supports various protocols: With an adapter, you can connect older devices such as HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, etc., to Type-C chargers. Apple’s USB-C Digital Multiport Adapter is a perfect example of this. It allows you to connect older devices, USB Type-A connectors, and smaller USB Type-C connectors via a single port.
- More efficient and fast: A Type-C connector is faster than any other USB cable. You can even use it to charge larger devices like laptops. It transfers data and charges devices at faster speeds.
- Small and safe: USB Type-C connectors are small and much safer to use.
Where to use USB Type-C connectors?
You can use Type-C connectors in laptops, smartphones, tablets, and almost every modern-day electronic device. But before purchasing a Type-C charger, make sure that there is a USB-C connection on your device. And also, check how much power your device needs. All modern-day devices come with a USB Type-C connector.
Price of USB Type-C connectors
Now that you know the advantages of a USB Type-C, let’s also discuss the cost. While prices of a Type-C cable may vary as per its length and transfer speed, the average price of an original Type-C laptop charger or an Apple USB-C power adapter may cost in the range of Rs 2,000-5,000.