The move from an old-style USB port to the newer USB-C has had its share of growing pains. But the updated design is leading to new products to charge your gadgets.
Benefits of USB-C
The primary reason is that USB-C can charge both your phone and your laptop is because of other things like Bluetooth wireless earbuds and MiFi portable hotspots.
That means one charger or one battery pack could be useful in a multitude of circumstances. No more do you need different chargers for different devices, and if you’re on the go, you can even move your laptop charging cable over to your phone and back to keep both batteries topped off.
Sanho Chief Executive Daniel Chin said that USB-C is a genuinely universal connector for power, data, and video, and it also works across all device platforms from Mac to PC, iOS to Android, smartphone to computers.
Sanho is a company that has aggressively pushed to take advantage of USB-C with a range of power and data accessories.
Another significant USB-C benefit is that more powerful devices, like a laptop or a tablet, can also charge smaller ones like smartphones, giving you charge that may bail you out when you can’t find a power plug.
With older USB devices, charging was a convenient thought useful only for phones, but the USB Power Delivery technology, which is often termed as PD, can reach up to 100W, enough for high-end laptops.
But, there are still problems moving from earlier rectangular USB-A ports, on PCs for two decades, and from the smaller USB Micro B ports. Older or cheaper devices often use older USB connectors, so we’re still a very long way from one universal port.
Airports, hotels, cars, and other charging locations rarely offer USB-C charging ports, so there you’ll be needing your charger and a power plug.
And iPhones and most iPads still use Apple’s Lightning connector. The 2018 iPad Pro models use USB-C, so maybe future Apple products will be able to benefit from USB-C, but Apple didn’t make the jump with its recent release, iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.