Why is USB-C increasingly important, and is this just a trend?

What is USB-C/Type-C?

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 as it outperforms both the USB and Apple lightning ports.  

Apple Lightning vs USB C

Charge Power: 12W vs. 100W


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. 


Reversible: One End vs. Double End

With the old USB cable, you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right, with the new USB-C you have 100% chance of getting it in the first time.

Data Transmission: 480Mbps vs. 10Gbps

USB-C ports can transfer considerably more data than the lightning cable making photo transfer a breeze.

Extensive Port Support

USB-C supports simultaneously video signals and power streams. This means that you can connect to and power a native DisplayPort, MHL, or HDMI device or connect to almost anything else assuming you have the proper adapter and cables. The USB-C spec even includes audio transmissions, but so far it has not replaced the 3.5mm headphone jack on computers. This might change in the next few years.

USB Power Delivery

USB Power Delivery (USB PD) is the next-generation charging technology that supplies up to 100W output. It uses USB-C connectors and cables to deliver increased levels of power to operate larger devices such as your phones, tablets and laptops that charges them all faster than ever before

So, can iPhone users use USB-C?

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.

The Nimble is 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.


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