usb type c: the controversial and
yet the most
reliable serial bus of most companies

USB Type C is the fifth metamorphosis of the universal serial bus. USB-C is a growing standard for charging and data transfer. It has been utilized for all new devices like laptops, phones and tablets, due to its versatility it will overtake the popularity of the older, larger USB connector.

The Nimble is the first travel adapter to feature two USB C ports as the trends show that it is becoming a new standard for not just phones but all new devices.

Though the specifications for USB-C were first published in 2014, its popularity has shot up in the past year as more brands adopt this new connector and the port as it outperforms both its USB predecessors and Apple lightning ports.  

But what could consumers benefit in using USB C?
How fast is USB Type C? Let’s check this out.

USB Marketing Tagline

While most of the digital companies are hooked on giving their brands compatibility on numbers, according to USB Promoter Group CEO Brad Saunders he emphasizes that numbers associated with the USB development is for developers only and not for marketing. This is to prevent confusions on the consumers in the market.

What is USB Type C?

USB Type C

USB Type C was developed roughly at the same time with USB 3.1 version. It was revolutionizing the use of Serial Bus in each port of every gadgets.

It has 24 pins, triples the pin count 8 of USB 3.0 allowing an increase in high speed data added with plug detection. This has become the new standard of modern technology USB ports and cables. 

High Speed Transfer Rate and Power

USB Type C has come along with the same speed as of USB 3.1 Gen 2, juicing up with data rates of 10 Gbps. Lots of power transfer to come from 20Gbps for USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 and 40Gbps for USB4 in few years from now. For now, its capability is designed to cover 10Gbps as that Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 fitted only for 3.1 Gen 2. That is twice as fast as USB 3.0 power that offers 5Gbps. There’s a lot more power and features under USB C’s dominion lies ahead in the future.

Power Delivery

With the help of USB Power Delivery, USB C has become the greatest USB Type created in the history of serial bus than its predecessors.

However, with this powerful feature there are still underlying issues that needs to be met. This is about using USB C over USB A. And some other USB C cable are not compliant with the standard protocol. Some ports are still not adopting the new versions of USB 3.1 with PD.

Luckily, one technology happens to catch up with. Nimble has come along with USB 3.1 Gen 2. It is the world's first dual Type C Universal Travel Adapter. That's faster than other competing brands with a power output of 35W. Equipped with all safety measures that has been scrutinized and passed the national and International standards. It has been embedded with the most powerful fast charging protocol USB PD and QC 3.0.

Jack of All Trade

This younger USB Type C has lots of good things under its sleeves. 2014 was the remarkable year USB C was published but only in 2016 it was adopted by IEC and 2017 is the start of its famous journey among the devices. Along with Thunderbolt 3 it could power up to 40Gbps. USB C cable or adapter has the ability to perform active protocol conversion when you don’t have any available socket.

Type C contains a valid DisplayPort, HDMI or MHL plug socket. It supports sending simultaneous signals and power streams such Alternate Modes, valid for high speed video streaming, video display and audio-video transmission. It has enhanced faster file transfer, heightened gaming experience and 4k HD display for clearer images. 


Both Lightning and USB-C are capable of conducting power at various wattages. Lightning adapters can handle up to 12W of power, as provided by the iPad charger. USB-C is known to handle up to 100W. 

Can iPhone Users Use USB Type C?

USB Type C outranked even Apple's proprietary Lightning cable and other peripherals. Making it as the world's reliable Universal Serial Bus type that is seen by most of the leading companies. 

Earlier this year, reports suggested that Apple might kill its proprietary Lightning port by transitioning its next iPhone over to the USB Type-C port that virtually all Android devices (and some computers, including new Apple MacBooks) use. Such a move would be a cross-compatible dream come true. While they are in preparation for the big transition. The Nimble is always ready for this change as it will be the sole charger you ever need to carry. It has enough wattage to power your laptop as well as your phone, at the same time.

Compatibility Issues

Many digital companies has equipped USB C in their system from cable to ports. Most of them are using USB C as just cable for charging. They don’t know how powerful it may be if they have luxury of time and money optimizing Type C to display videos. Labeling USB C ports has not been utilized with other different uses. You have to be wary enough to read on especially on each cable if it supports power delivery, QC for power charging and Thunderbolt 3 for displaying video output.

The difficult thing to understand USB C is utilizing USB A over USB C. USB C is powerful enough to charge laptops and other gadgets while transferring data all at once, but when you plug USB C over USB A not labeled with SuperSpeed+ or USB 3.1 or 3.2 you are just using the maximum capacity of the end port. Such that using USB C in USB A with older version is useless, you are still charging the maximum output of the end USB port and not the USB C cable capacity plus its cable length design. The shorter the cable the faster it is to charge.

Fortunately this compatibility issues has been answered with Nimble. For whatever kind of USB C that is plugged into its system still the fast charging protocol embedded to its cable is preserved. You can still experience its maximum power capacity as Nimble is created to accept USB C made from other brands.

Standardization Going to Universal

Some USB C is just good for their own brand model and not for other brands. Standardization has been compromised while all companies are busy enhancing their own USB Type C. USB IF Implementors has lots of things to do with this mess. As such, powerful USB4 is a year behind its implementation. And it might that they forgot to recognize that their own products could not able to utilize its proprietary fast charging cable protocol for years to come. Hence, market sales are important than supporting their predecessor brands.

At the end of the day USB Type C is just the same type C of what other brands are using. What’s going on in the market might be a different technology USB C developed strictly for their own brand. Still you can use that type C but with different speed. 

Wrap Up

In such cases, read the cable labeling if it has Thunderbolt 3 if you like video gaming it has an icon of lightning behind the USB C port and for the charger there is a plug label behind each port. Labeling of USB C in most of the companies has not been done. If this mess continue, for sure D will save the day with SuperDuper Power Speed++ USB D in their tagline. Let us wait for USB IF next move in fixing this issues and another implementation.

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