USB Power Delivery – The Future of Fast Charging is Here January 8, 2018

Discussions keep popping up about all the different breeds of chargers in the mobile tech ecosystem: USB 3.0, Micro USB, USB-C, Qualcomm Quick Chargers, wireless chargers. That said, USB-PD, one of the more recent entries, seems to be the cream rising to the top, and for good reason.

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USB Power Delivery is a charging technology that uses USB-C cables and connectors to deliver higher levels of power to your devices. There are four huge benefits to USB-PD:

  1. It charges way fast, capable of powering a device up to 70% faster than standard charging.
  2. It tears down the walls of limited charger capability, and the same USB-PD charger can efficiently power everything from a headset to a smartphone to a powerful laptop– up to 100W!– negotiating just the right amount of voltage and current required for optimal charging. This eliminates the need for a separate power brick for each unit, not to mention clutter, e-waste and outlet shortage.
  3. USB-PD is a single charging standard that’s compatible with any device and works seamlessly with other USB formats. That’s a welcome change in a world where each new smartphone brings with it a new charger. It’s a valuable future-proof option to have. In stark contrast, the closest competitor, Quick Charge 3.0, can muster up to 60W and is only compatible with a handful of devices. USB-PD, as stated, works with all.
  4. With the USB-PD standard, power flows in both directions, so it’s possible to share power between both host and peripheral devices. For example, plugging into the USB-C port of both devices, you could charge your friend’s phone with your own. And, as it needs no proprietary gear to deliver a charge, you can even plug your big ol’ backup HDD– which normally needs an external power source– directly into your laptop with only one cable, and get an even faster DTR (data transfer rate).

 

In the coming years, expect to see USB-PD’s presence in cables, adapters and chargers expand aggressively, and most flagship devices (like the iPhone X) based around the rapid-charging and data-transfer capabilities that USB-PD offers. In short, it’s the future of power.

Hypercel is also embarking on a new line of Naztech USB Power Delivery products which should be available for order March 2018. Visit www.natztech.com for updates.


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