USB-C is the shiny new thing, but there’s a lot more to it.
More people every day are picking up Android phones with a new power port on the bottom. MicroUSB has started the slow march out, and USB-C is taking its place. It’s an unusual port that does a whole lot more than charge your phone, and the companies that make third-party cables for everything have been learning as they go that USB-C is wildly different from what we’ve been using up to this point.
It’s a change that has brought about a ton of questions regarding safety and extended usage over time, so we’ve put together this handy little FAQ to get you ready to use USB-C.
Why the switch to USB-C?
We’ve been using microUSB in lots of things for a long time now. As an industry standard, it saved many people from needing to worry about using multiple kinds of cables to charge their various gadgets. (So long as those gadgets all used microUSB.) USB-C takes that idea and expands it to a single port that can be used on any kind of computer, not just the small one you keep in your pocket. This oval port aims to replace microUSB, miniUSB, and the rectangular USB-A port you see in desktops and laptops.
Not only is it universal, it’s more capable than all of these other ports combined. USB-C enables faster data transfer between two devices and significantly faster charging of all your devices. It’s a significant step forward, but because there are already a massive number of devices in the world with other USB ports it’s going to be a slow step forward.
Will my battery actually charge faster with USB-C?
Yes. Sort of. Here’s how this works.
The USB-C spec is capable of delivering power at significantly greater rates than anything