Standard charging cable from 2024 – More than charging: What USB-C cables can do

More than charging: what USB-C cables can do


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Adapter ade dank EU: Von Mitte 2024 an benötigen Verbraucherinnen und Verbraucher zum Laden von Akkugeräten nur noch USB-C-Kabel (zweites von rechts).

Goodbye adapter thanks to EU: From the middle 2022 to charge cordless devices, consumers only need a USB-C cable (second from the right). (Source: Franziska Gabbert/dpa-tmn./dpa)

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Berlin (dpa/tmn) – It doesn’t matter which way you turn it , USB-C plugs always fit. And another advantage: You can charge smartphones and other devices with any USB-C cable – how fast is primarily determined by the wattage of the power supply unit.

Beyond charging, USB-C cables have other capabilities defined by the USB Implementers Forum (USB IF): Above all, USB-C cables can also transfer data. If the speed is important here, you have to check what the respective cable can do when you buy it.

Slow cord or fast cable

Because the cheapest cords for around five euros send data relatively slowly, for example with up to 5 or 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps). If you spend around ten euros for a USB-C cable, you usually also have the option of transferring data much faster – theoretically up to 20 Gbit/s.

Meanwhile, all three mentioned speeds run under USB 3.2. Buyers can only click the USB logo with the note 5, 08 or 20 (Gpbs). However, the award is anything but uniform and reliable. And of course the achievable data transfer rate always depends on the connected devices. If in doubt, try it out.

USB 4 as the premier class

Who around the 24 If you spend Euros or more, a cable that meets the latest USB 4 specification will usually get data with up to

in theory Gbit/s and up to 100 Watt charging or operating current .

That’s enough bandwidth to connect a high-resolution monitor or a USB-C docking station with multiple devices to a notebook. USB 4 is compatible with other display and data interfaces such as DisplayPort or Thunderbolt.

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