USB Power Delivery

USB Power Delivery
USB Power Delivery, or PD, is considered the future of fast charging. This article should help you get a grasp on this technology as well as answer some common FAQs.

Real World User

Capabilities

USB Power Delivery is a new universal multi-voltage charging standard that dynamically negotiates power output over a USB Type-C connection to safely and efficiently recharge a wide range of compatible devices.

• Charges your phone much faster than traditional 5W ports do to get you out the door faster.
• Boosts the power output to charge those big ticket items, so your laptop can be truly mobile.
Background

In order to understand howPower Delivery works, it’s good to know a bit about how we measure power. The equation for electric power is how we base the relationship between power (how fast electricity is transferred), current (how much electricity is flowing), and voltage (electric pressure). Different technology companies manipulate these factors in specific ways to try to create the most powerful charging systems we’ve seen to date.

What do I get with USB Power Delivery?

Charging

PD has been called the future of charging because leaders in the tech industry like Apple and Google have moved towards this universal style of charging for their latest devices because it has proven to be a safe and efficient way to push the limits of voltage and current to boost energy flow to our peripherals and computers.

In order for the PD system to work from power source to power receiver, both ends must be compatible as well as using the right cable. Currently only USB-C to Lightning and USB-C to C are capable of PD technology.

Notes:

1. You can use higher power chargers to charge smaller devices. The devices will only take the required amount of energy to charge.
2. You can use a lower powered charger to charge bigger devices. It’s not going to charge at the normal rate and could even affect your use of the device, but it could be good in a pinch.
3. This is not an exhaustive list of devices

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