Last April we launched an Indiegogo campaign for the LIFEPOWR A3: a premium AC & 100W USB-C PD Power Pack that has it all: innovative technology, future-proof features and a sleek Apple-like design.
The A3 is still in demand on Indiegogo and gaining new backers each day, with more and more people realizing that USB-C PD is the feature of their future. But we’ve also noticed that many people are still not sure what USB-C and more importantly, PD, is. Therefore we present you:
USB-C PD for dummies, written by dummies
Pt. 1: USB-C
If you’re anything like us – that is, not very tech-savvy, you’re probably wondering, “what is USB-C and why should I care?”
Simply put: USB-C is the new industry standard for the next generation of devices. Those typical USB ports you’re well acquainted with (i.e. micro-USB, USB-A, etc.) will be, and are currently being, replaced by the new technology standard called USB-C, a new port which is just a little bigger than micro-USB and has an oval form, making it reversible, so you no longer have to flip over the connector in order to make it fit, yay!
The new USB-C port and connector will not only replace older USB standards like the ones just mentioned, but the mess of HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and power ports on typical laptops will all be streamlined into one single type of port. That means that the technology of USB-C will be able to power up all of your favourite devices.
That’s right, all of your devices. At first, this concept might seem a bit farfetched, one charger for every device? HA! Sure, like I could use the same charger for my phone as my laptop, right? Right. The magic that makes this all possible, is called Power Delivery, which is not just the act of delivering power, but the new technology for a better, faster and more sophisticated way of transferring power, in short: PD.
Pt. 2: PD
Power Delivery enables us to transfer up to 100 Watts of power at once over USB-C. With USB-C PD, you can recharge all your devices, from your smartphone to your MacBook, fast and easy, all with the same cable. While Power Delivery is what makes the real difference when dealing with USB-C, it’s also still the most misunderstood technology because USB-C and Power Delivery don’t always go together, which often causes a great deal of confusion.
Many manufacturers all over the world have started taking advantage of the bright future of USB-C being the new standard for all devices, and are crafting all kinds of USB-C accessories. In many cases, these USB-C chargers and cables are not properly tested and validated, which makes them dangerous. Many USB-C cables popping up in the market today are packed with flaws that can severely damage devices. Not to mention that cheaply manufactured USB-C cables are merely lookalikes, as they don’t even support PD in many cases! One important thing to learn from this: when looking for the right USB-C charger or cable, always make sure it supports Power Delivery (PD)! If you stumble upon USB-C accessories that seem too cheap in comparison with other prices, we highly recommend not to purchase them.
Pt. 3: Data
Besides transferring power, USB-C is also compatible with faster data technologies like USB 3.1. It can send and receive data very quickly, making it the ideal connector to use when you have a lot of files that need to be transferred from one source the other. No more need to use a memory stick or to watch Netflix for half an hour while your files are copying. USB-C is here to simplify your life.
Written by: Lee Firman and Thayenne Behr