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Can A USB-C Cable Charge Faster?

Jul. 11, 2022

USB-C is the port that USB should have always been - even the original creators of USB thought so. USB-C is slim, reversible and lightweight, easy to plug into devices and supports today's fastest USB speeds for fast data transfer. But it's the port's ability to achieve faster charging speeds and the ability to charge larger devices that has made it a favorite of tech fans around the world.

Does USB-C cable charge faster? Sure, with the right kit.


How does USB-C charge faster?

The reason USB-C can help your devices charge faster is that the cable is designed to carry more power only than previous versions of USB (which had a maximum power of 7.5W). In addition to the physical design of the cable, USB-C also supports USB power supply, which greatly increases the charging rate.
USB PD allows USB-C to support up to 100 watts of power; without PD, USB-C can only support up to 15W because it only uses 5V. USB PD supports up to 20V and 5A, or a total of 100W of charging and many power profiles in between - not all USB-C devices can reach 100W. power Power Delivery is a handshake protocol in which the device and charger communicate and determine the optimal charge rate. In addition, the latest version of PD, Power Delivery 3.0, enables a feature called programmable power that further improves power efficiency without sacrificing battery life.
Prior to USB-C and PD, higher charging rates were only possible with proprietary technologies such as Qualcomm's Quick Charge. With Power Delivery, USB charging has become standardized and more powerful. With the right hardware, USB-C-enabled devices can now be charged faster than ever before.


USB 3.0 to Type C Male Cable


What does USB-C fast charging entail?

We've answered the question of whether USB-C charging is faster, but how do you actually do it? What do you need to take advantage of USB-C's fast charging capabilities?
The first thing you need is a compatible device with a USB-C charging port. This can be a laptop, tablet or smartphone. As long as it has a USB-C charging port on it, it will almost certainly support fast charging via USB-C. It may not, as it is not a mandatory requirement for USB-C, but most modern devices do support USB-C charging (although charging rates may vary), as it is a key feature in many such devices when purchased.
Depending on which charger you use, you will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, or a USB-C to USB-A cable. For charging over 60W, you'll need to make sure you use a USB-C powered cable with an electronic marker or eMarked. Please keep this in mind when charging large devices such as laptops.


All AIKE cables are manufactured to extremely high quality standards, and many of them feature gold-plated connectors to prevent corrosion, as well as individual wire braiding and shielding for reliable data transfer and power transmission. If you would like to learn more about the USB-c interface, feel free to check out our blog. Your inquiries are welcome.


Can A USB-C Cable Charge Faster?

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