Tech News: USB-C is about to jump from 100W to 240W, enough to power heavier laptops.
The USB-C standard will allow you to connect power-hungry devices like gaming laptops, docking stations, 4K monitors, and printers with an upgrade that can accommodate up to 240 watts starting this year. The jump in maximum power is more than double the maximum capacity of 100 watts today.
The USB Implementers Forum, the industry group that develops the technology, revealed the new levels of power in updating version 2.1 to its USB Type-C specification on Tuesday. The new 240 watt option is called Extended Power Range or EPR.
But with 240W of power – something USB-IF calls “Extended Power Range” or EPR for short – you could theoretically charge a fat-filled Alienware m17 gaming laptop via USB-C.
You’ll need new USB-C chargers and cables to take advantage of the new specs, of course, although you should be able to tell which is which: “All EPR cables must be visibly identified with EPR cable identification elements,” it reads. part of the USB-IF requirements for the new specification. A cable will need to support up to 5A and 50V to be compliant.
There will still be exceptionally rugged laptops that require more than 240W of power, of course. 330W power supplies still come standard with some machines, and there are always exotic notebooks that require more than one power supply to function. Gaming desktops generally require a lot more power, with a 650W or higher power supply required for newer desktop graphics cards, and 240W may not be enough for newer gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft.