USB-C with Power Delivery, or PD, is the future of gadgets and rightly so. This new generation technology can power compatible smartphones and laptops like MacBook Pro or Chromebook Pixel in a jiffy. And the story doesn't end there. With the right USB-C cable by your side, you can also expect fast and quick data transfers.
All you need to do is pair these cable with a compatible USB-C charger, and you will be able to charge your device on the go. USB-C PD cables go beyond charging and data transfers. These universal cables are also capable of bidirectional power delivery. So, if you have an external drive, you can use a single cable to power the device as well as for data transfer.
So, if you are looking for the best USB-C power delivery cables for fast charging and data transfer, here are some of the best ones out there.
Anker products are known for their quality and durability and the Powerline+ III cables are no exception. This cable can supply up charging speeds up to 60W high-speed charging, and will be able to charge devices like smartphones and compact laptops like MacBook Air. As noted earlier, you need to pair it with a USB-C PD wall adapter. The data speed of 480Mbps gives you the flexibility of using a single cable for charging as well as transferring data to and from your smartphone.
One of the primary highlights of this cable is its build. The company claims that it can withstand 35,000 bends. Though no one is keeping count, it's worth saying that it will last you a long time. The build is further aided by the nylon braiding which keeps the cable safe from fraying and splitting. Furthermore, you can bid farewell to unnecessary tanglings.
Another feature worth the slightly-high price tag is the finish and the build. The build is solid and the slim design of the connectors means it doesn't crowd the neighboring ports.
One of the first things that you will notice about the Nekteck USB-C Cables is the price. These USB-C PD cables are priced considerably less than most other fancy looking ones, and they pack a punch. They have an output of 100W, which is apt for charging both laptops like the MacBook Pro 2019 seamlessly. Moreover, if you have a 4K monitor hooked up to your laptop, this nifty cable does its part in enabling a 4K display at 60Hz. Neat, right?
If we talk about data transfers, this one leaps and gives you a theoretical transfer speed up to 10Gbps. For those unaware, USB 3.1 or SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, has a maximum throughput of 10Gbps. So, if your laptop has a compatible port, you will be able to transfer data as fast as the Flash. Okay, I might have gone a bit overboard, but you get the drift. While you won't get an actual speed of 10Gbps, you will get a comparatively faster speed.
The best part about Nekteck products is their USB IF-certifications. These cables have been tested by an independent lab for performance and safety. Unlike the one above, this Nekteck USB-C cable measures just 3ft. If you ask me, it's sufficient for most situations, especially if all your peripherals are in the same place.
It doesn't have a braided exterior, quite a few user reviews are vouching for its durability. The only drawback is that the cable is thick which makes it a little stiff. If you have a tight space, you might want to consider this point before purchasing it.
The CBUS cable includes a nylon exterior and also gives you the advantage of USB 3.1 charging, and data transfer (100W in charging speed and 10Gbps of data speed). The connectors are slim and the slightly elongated design makes it easy to plug (or unplug) the cable, which differentiates it from the rest. And well, enough has been said about the sturdiness that a nylon exterior brings to the table.
The connectors carry a coat of aluminum oxide, and they're rust-proof and resistant to impacts, as per the company's claims. It works well in charging as well as in data transfers. "Works great for powering or connecting your USB-C devices. Tried and tested with cell phones, laptops, docking stations," writes one user.
One of the drawbacks of this cable is the shorter strain relief. On the upside, the cable is thick and might not fray as soon as the Apple's stock cables.
The Fasgear USB-C cables scream ruggedness. Available in several lengths between 1.6ft and 10ft, these cables are encased in nylon sheathing and elongated strain relief to reduce wear and tear. What's more, the relief part has little ridges cut into it to make it easier to grip. It's designed to power your Chromebook and laptops at full power and provides up to 100W of power. It can also function as an effective link between your laptop and a compatible 4K display for carrying 4K content at 60Hz.
It's fast and robust and does its work as advertised, and people love it for its data transfer and charging speeds.
They are available in many sizes and gives you the flexibility to route your cables as per your desire. That also brings a disadvantage. Because these cables are bulky and thicker, you might face some difficulty in carrying them or storing them when not in use.
If data transfer speed is not a concern for you, you can check out the UGreen USB-C Cable 100W Power Delivery. As its name specifies, it can power compatible devices up to 100W. It supports USB 2.0, and you will get maximum theoretical data speed up to 480Mbps. However, you won't be able to use this cable for video output. The cable is durable, thanks to the nylon coating, and the company claims that the bend can take up to 5,000 bends.
The 6-foot length makes it more flexible, especially if the power outlet is at a distance from your usual place.
The price is considerably lower than the Anker PowerLine+ III cable or the in-house Apple cable. Of course, you won't get the same data transfer speed, but thankfully, the charging speed works as advertised. "Seems sturdy and very well made. Works great for my Macbook Pro (15”) as well as Macbook Pro (13”)," writes one user.
UGREEN USB-C Cable: Provides up to 20V/5A power output. However, data speed is capped at 480Mbps.
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