Output USB-C completely changed many electronic devices. The connection can be used both to charge devices and multimedia transmission, and the connector is bilateral. To date, even modern laptops no longer need a large power supply, since you can charge it using Type C.
However, when charging Your computer through USB-C should be observed some precautions. We have collected all the factors you need to know and take into account.
USB charging and laptops
Each probably used a USB connection to charge its devices from a computer or outlet. It works well because past generations technology has enough power for the successful nutrition of small batteries. However, previous USB specifications could transmit a limited amount of energy, which is why Charger for laptops usually had large and bulky cables.
USB-C completely changed the situation. This type of connection provides enough energy for the work of most laptops (especially the version of Type-C 3.0). That is why charging a laptop through a USB connection is a fairly hot topic today. In addition, more and more laptops with support for Type-C charging are coming to the market.
How to find out if your laptop has a USB-C port that supports charging? The easiest way is to simply inspect the charger itself. The adapter with Type-C can be easily determined by unique characteristics, as the connector is small and rounded, which is significantly different from the old version of USB. It also works no matter how you insert the cable to the right port, so there is no need to make a whole ritual with turning the cord to-here. If the charger supports this connection and connects to the USB-C port, then we have good news!
USB-C Adapters are used on many devices, so they cannot be recorded only under the category of laptops. Type-C is used in new mobile phones, some car chargers, as well as portable charging (more about this below). Nevertheless, most often manufacturers install Type-C in laptops, and not other devices. At least at the moment.
Type-C Charging is suitable for any port?
USB-C - Universal Charging Standard. Thus, it does not matter which adapter you use - it should provide the nutrition of the laptop, which is equipped with a port and of the power supply.
Nevertheless, the USB-C ports are installed on some laptops that are not capable of charging the device. Most often it occurs on computers that are supplied with the branded charger, but some laptops can be charged in any way, only there is one feature: the charger developed by the manufacturer works faster. Samsung Notebook 9 is a bright example of this as HP Envy 13 2019.
laptops that are fully rely on USB-C are not always suitable for any charger. In the course of small testing, it was found that the Spectre X2 from HP cannot be charged with any chargers with USB-C, except for the "native". The company itself stated that it was done intentionally, since a bad charger can damage a computer or cause failures in its work. Other devices, such as Apple MacBook Pro, do not have such tough restrictions. In any case, the new USB-C authentication system can help solve this problem in the near future.
We personally did not hear about any damage from using the USB-C charger instead of the standard one. Nevertheless, it is worth recognizing that there is always a certain risk when connecting a laptop to an unknown power source. Faulty cables can also create problems.
Microsoft confirms this, stating that users can charge Surface using the USB-C port, but the company strongly recommends using the Surface charger supplied with the laptop, since any other will work very slowly due to Insufficient power. In short, the cables and chargers are better to buy only in reliable and verified sellers and it is worth thinking twice before using the cable found somewhere on the floor in the conference room.
The importance of settings
It is also worth paying attention to the installed power plan, which can be found in the laptop settings. There is a Type-C input / output switch function. In fact, in this menu, the user chooses whether the device will receive energy, or vice versa to issue. If the USB-C charger for a laptop does not work, although it should, then check your settings to make sure it is configured to receive power.
Since USB-C is a universal connection type that is capable of performing Several operations at the same time, it allows you to use some unique charging conditions. It is worth noting two:
- Through: Modern charging hubs offer the so-called through charging. This applies to the hubs that can connect several peripheral USB devices to a laptop, as well as charge its battery. In essence, this is a combination of the power supply and a USB-C charging cable, so you do not need to have two different ports for each task. The Popular USB-C 6-B-1 adapter from Hootoo is a good example of this technology. There are other innovative features such as sending video to an external monitor, as well as checking your laptop charging during Presentations.
- Portable: Perhaps you still have a portable charger with an old USB connection, but the phone supports only USB-C (which is incompatible with old USB ports). You can connect a charger to a laptop that has both types of ports, and use it for the phone with the scene. Do not attempt to use the Type-C charger for a laptop for direct charging phone, since voltage requirements are too different, and charger for several devices are still new to the market.
USB-C and THUNDERBOLT 3
Thunderbolt 3 - A more powerful version of USB-C. Select a laptop for at least one port with support for Thunderbolt 3, and you can connect several 4K monitors with a frequency of 60 Hz and significantly increase performance computer in games.
Thunderbolt 3 allows you to use multiple chargers: the technology can "bind" to six different devices together and easily charge when data transmitting at higher speeds than only USB-C (up to 100 W).
Thunderbolt 3 uses the same connection as USB-C, however Thunderbolt 3 works only if the correct cables are used. Make sure this in advance if you want to extract the maximum from the technology and port bandwidth.
for Apple users
Apple users should understand that not protected from transition to The USB-C standard, which we observe in recent years. Currently, the company uses Lightning cables to charge their iOS devices. This is a patented design that does not suit the products of other manufacturers. Nevertheless, the company has already switched to USB-C charging for MacBook and iPad Pro. iPhone and the usual iPad is currently unique because still use Lightning.
At the beginning of 2020, the EU demanded that one standard of chargers would be used in all devices. It is likely to be USB-C, because of which Apple will have to abandon Lightning cables. Thus, they will completely disappear from the European market. Add to this rumors that Apple wants to completely abandon the charging cables in favor of magnetic fastening on the back of the iPhone, and we can see the complete disappearance of Lightning in the next couple of years.
The future of USB-C
The output of the new version of USB is no longer outside the mountain. The next line of technology will be the fastest, and we expect the USB4 yield at the end of 2020, which will start with the release of laptops with the new port. It goes without saying that USB4 adds another level of complexity to the problem of the USB protocol. That's all you need to know about the new technology:
- USB4 will suit USB-C ports.
- USB4 increases the speed and charging power to match Thunderbolt 3 (i.e. up to 100 W).
- For the use of new USB4 functions, special cables formatted under the version will be required.
- USB4 will be back compatible with USB 2.0.
We believe that it will come very soon that day when USB-C becomes the main port, while others will go away to the background. USB4 and Thunderbolt are likely to be considered standards in the foreseeable future.