6 thoughts on “USB-C cables are getting new, confusing logos for faster 240W charging standard

  • October 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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    240W is amazing.

    Wish it were simply one standard a la Thunderbolt so there was no question what you were getting when buying a “USB 5.0” cable, for example.

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  • October 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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    From the article: The new branding is meant to tie in with the recent USB Power Delivery (USB PD) 3.1 specification [that was announced earlier this year](https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2021/5/25/22453936/usb-c-power-delivery-extended-power-range-epr), which (confusingly) is part of the USB Type-C Release 2.1 specification, and offers devices that can charge with up to 240W of power — assuming you have the right cable and charger. Given that the aforementioned mess of numbers and specification releases is an even less consumer-friendly nightmare, the new logos (which clearly state the supported maximum speed and charging for a USB4-certified device) are definitely better than nothing.

    But the new logos also help show just how confusing the USB-C standard still is. There are separate logos for supporting 40Gbps data transfer speeds, as well as slower 20Gbps speeds, and two tiers of power specs too: 240W and 60W. More maddening is that the standards aren’t tied together: You might get a cable that supports 40Gbps data transfers but slower charging. You might get a fast-charging 240W cable that’s bad for transferring files. You can get both (with the USB-IF offering a combined logo to indicate when hardware support both fast charging and data speeds), but it’s still putting the onus on manufacturers to actually use the branding and customers to figure it all out.

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  • October 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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    Not really confusing.

    Regular cables.

    Cables meant for speed. (Hence the 40gb logo)

    Cables meant for high power delivery. (Hence the 240w logo)

    Cables capable of doing both high speeds and high power delivery. (The combined 40/240 logo)

    It makes sense in the fact that a cable designed for power delivery will have higher gauge, ticker wires. While a high speed cable will have special shielded, balanced, and twisted wires to improve noise immunity at high rates.

    I’m guessing there are multiple versions of the same the logos to fit different package labeling requirements in different countries.
    They seem to fit the regular usb logo standards with additional information. So really, all you need to do is figure out what your main requirement is, and pick the appropriate cable instead of searching the box front/side/back for its capabilities.

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  • October 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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    POWER! MORE POWER!

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  • October 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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    240W is amazing.

    Wish it were simply one standard a la Thunderbolt so there was no question what you were getting when buying a “USB 5.0” cable, for example.

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