As mobile devices increase their capacity and become more power hungry, the new USB Type-C connector is set to replace Type-A over time. Emma Segelov, EMEA Marketing Operations Manager at MK Electric, provides insight on why the shift is taking place, and how MK is helping organisations to move from one type to the other.
When it comes to connecting devices such as phones, tablets, external hard drives and laptops, the 4-pin USB-A connection has been the standard for quite some time. But the use of USB Type-C – the cable that has the same shape connectors at both ends for phones and tablets – is on the rise and expected to become the norm.
USB-C has the capability to not only charge a connected device but also power a much broader range of equipment. This is possible because the power capability of USB-C far exceeds that possible with USB-A. USB-C devices and cables with Power Delivery (PD) Specification will be able to deliver and send up to 100W of power in the future.
In addition to more power, data exchange rates are significantly higher with USB-C and even video transfer will be possible. Its smaller connection size and reversible shape also means that users won’t need to keep flipping the connector over to find the right orientation.
Transitioning to USB-C
Although USB Type-C connection is on track to become the new standard for charging and data transfer, it will take some time for the market to fully make the transition from the still commonly-used Type-A, to Type-C connection.
That’s why we’ve launched a new USB integrated socket into our Logic Plus range that has two USB ports – one Type-C, one Type-A. It provides a total of 15W across both outlets; the USB-C socket is rated at 15W (5V/3A) power whilst the USB-A port is rated at 10W (5V/2A).
Our newest Logic Plus USB integrated sockets offer convenient access to power, and mount into a standard 25mm back box, making them perfect for retrofit as well as new build. They also feature backed out and captive terminal screws and in-line, upward facing terminals with a funnel entrance for no-fuss installation.
Optimising user experience
Aside from making life easier for electricians, user experience is also crucial to the success of a USB integrated socket. Our Dynamic Device Recognition (DDR) technology ensures that whatever make or model is being charged, the device recognises the socket as it would its own charger and draws current from the USB charging socket in the way that best suits its design to ensure optimal charging in the least amount of time.
Our USB integrated sockets meet the highest safety standards, too, with comprehensive electrical protection against an overload or short circuit. The products have been designed so that if the total charging current exceeds the rate level of 3A, the device will enter a current limited safety mode, or if voltage drops too much (e.g. under short circuit conditions) the output voltage will shut down completely. They have a 3-pin operated ‘child resistant shutter system’, which is designed to inhibit access to the electricity supply, unless all three pins of a standard British 13A plug are in position, and unlike many other USB sockets, ours offers double pole switching for added user safety.
Get more details about MK Electric’s range of USB sockets by clicking here