Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 14:27
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News
This could be interesting.
Accessory maker Belkin has launched what it claims to be the first USB-C car charger to support USB-PD (power delivery), dubbed the “USB-C Car Charger + Cable”. While there are already multiple USB-C car chargers on the market, generally priced around $10 to $15, that also support quick-charging features of advanced USB-C devices, Belkin’s device supports not only 5V (the traditional max voltage of USB), but 9V over USB-C thanks to its implementation of the new USB-PD spec.
This, in turn, makes it better suited for charging some notebooks and tablets.
Oddly enough, Belkin doesn’t claim an ability to charge a MacBook in its press release, though it does tout “faster or higher power outputs” for charging a Chromebook Pixel, Pixel C, or an iPad Pro 12.9-inch with a USB-C to Lightning cable.
In addition to increased headroom for power delivery up to 100 watts, USB-PD also has some fancy features like multi-directional charging, and flexible power management.
$45 isn’t peanuts, but there’s some cool stuff to be considered here.