Although people got excited when the power of USB-C production more than double From 100 watts to 240 watts earlier this year, there was still a big problem at hand: how could consumers distinguish these new USB-C cables from the old ones?
Thursday, the USB ImplementtoRs forum, or USB-IF, the non-profit organization behind the USB protocol, tried to solve the cable problem by revealing a host of new certification logos that manufacturers can stick on their USB-C cables and their packaging. The new power rating The logos, which you can see below, will clearly identify when a USB-C cable supports 240W charging.
USB-IF announced the new 240W power transfer limit in May. The move in was welcomeas it meant that USB Power Delivery could now charge all but the most rugged laptops, eliminating the need for a proprietary power adapter.
In addition, USB-IF also introduced new logos for USB4 power delivery, which provides 40Gbps data transfer speeds through a USB-C connector, as well as logos for USB4 and 240W combo cables.
“Certified USB solutions ensure interoperability and backwards compatibility in the marketplace and USB-IF reminds consumers to purchase certified products from trusted sources that display USB-IF Certified Logos on packaging, product briefs, or the device, charger, and cable itself,” the nonprofit said in a press release.
While well-intentioned, the new USB-IF logos have yet to completely resolve the confusion surrounding the new USB-C 240W and USB4 charging cables, although they are helpful. As pointed out the edge, the charging and data transfer standards are not linked. That means you can get a 240W charger that transfers files slowly or vice versa.
In addition, the move makes manufacturers responsible of including the new logos on the cables. Will they do it? I’m sure some might, but others might not, which will inevitably make more than one user wonder if they bought something faulty when their devices don’t load and their files don’t transfer as expected.