All About Using C-to-C Chargers

June 8, 2023

Over the years, USB charging has evolved from slow-charging USB-A cables to faster-charging USB-C cables. These charging cables’ symmetrical design and flexibility make them compatible with many devices.

The real game changer is the faster charge that USB-C delivers to devices. You can rely on this charge to safely charge your laptop, smartphone and tablet quicker than older USB versions. This efficiency is a welcome improvement for educators who need fully charged devices for lessons to run seamlessly.

Let’s look at how the evolution of C-to-C charging can improve efficiency in your classroom and help you create a neat charging station.

What Is C-to-C Charging?

C-to-C or USB-C cables are a type of connector developed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). These connectors are identifiable by their oval shape. You may be familiar with the USB-A, the rectangular predecessor that takes a few tries to get into the port and usually has a different connector type on the other end.

The USB-C charger is more user-friendly, especially because they feature the same connector type at each end. The connector has no up or down orientation, so it works no matter which way you plug it in. If you need to connect your USB-C to a different port, various connectors allow you to do so, including USB-C to Micro-USB, USB-C to USB-A and USB-C to HDMI.

USB-C cables are becoming the standard across multiple devices, from smartphones to computers to game consoles.

How Is C-to-C Charging Evolving?

The fast charging ability is the most impressive feature of USB-C cables, so USB-C to USB-C chargers can charge faster than other cables. A standard USB-C carries 18 watts of power, which is more than other USB connectors. C-to-C chargers are also compatible with the Power Delivery specification on devices, enabling delivery of up to 100 watts of power. Devices with Power Delivery protocols allow you to charge them faster and safer without using a separate power supply.

Besides the faster charging, USB Power Delivery allows for greater flexibility. A C-to-C cable can act as a two-way port to receive and deliver power, allowing a device to supply power to another instead of only being charged. When two devices are connected, they exchange data via the USB-C port. This data helps them to determine the highest possible power transfer and choose a suitable and safe current and voltage.

It’s important to note that third-party chargers may not be as efficient and can lead to overheating. Use high-quality chargers and cables from reputable companies to ensure the highest power delivery and keep your device safe. If you need to replace a charger or cable, always purchase one that meets USB-IF standards.

Besides charging, you can use cables to transfer data and connect audio and visual systems. USB-C cables can deliver Ultra-HD 4K resolution to USB-C and HDMI displays. The rate at which Type-C cables transfer data is significantly faster than any other USB cable.

Different devices are compatible with one to three main types of cable connectors. You can check your device’s manual to check its USB-C port type. If it’s a USB 3.1 port, it transfers 10 gigabytes of data per second. A USB 3.2 port transfers 20 gigabytes per second, and a Thunderbolt 3 transfers 40 gigabytes in a second.

Today, we’re seeing a more significant move toward USB-C charging as technology companies and manufacturers respond to the European Union’s regulation that will eventually require a standard USB-C charger across all devices. If you haven’t yet started using USB-C chargers, now is the perfect time to switch and enjoy the benefits of doing so.

How Are Schools Using C-to-C Charging?

The advantages of USB-C chargers make them ideal for education. Here are some key benefits of using Type-C chargers in schools.

1. Fast Charging

The quick charging capability of these chargers has many advantages for schools. Keeping devices fully charged is essential for lessons to run smoothly. The fast charging also allows students to replenish their devices’ batteries between classes. Your devices spend less time charging, and students can use them at their full capacity during class.

2. Universal Compatibility

The compatibility across devices also allows for a universal charging station so teachers and students always have the charger they need on hand without requiring adapters. Instead of maintaining separate charging sections for different devices, classrooms can enjoy a seamless charging station with one charger for everything, eliminating messy cords. This organized charging station is a dream for educators as it removes the clutter of having multiple charging adapters for each student and device.

3. Durable, Sustainable Design

The symmetrical design of USB-C chargers makes it less likely for students to damage the port or the cable, as they can’t force it the wrong way. This design makes these chargers more durable, saving you from frequently buying replacements.

The move to USB-C chargers for all devices also benefits the environment. Instead of having to dispose of chargers every time you replace a computer, you can continue using the same charger, saving you money in the long run.

What Devices Use USB-C Chargers?

Laptops aren’t the only device in schools that use C-to-C charging. Educators can use these chargers for tablets, smartphones, desktop computers and other devices. USB-C cables also enable staff to connect their devices to accessories like external hard drives, cameras and displays, which can be essential for presentations and assemblies.

Charge Your School’s Devices Faster With PowerGistics

As more technology companies change their devices to use USB-C ports, we can expect to see this switch happen in the classroom, too. Our FLEX20 BOLT is a seamless Tower for classrooms with USB-C to C charging to give your devices a quick charge. This Tower has the ports and cables to charge 20 devices simultaneously. The cable management system design caters to students, allowing them to retrieve and plug in their devices quickly.

Bring faster charging to your classroom. Contact us today to learn more about how PowerGistics can help!