Is Upgrading from USB Type-A to USB Type-C Really Worth it?

*If you’d like to learn more about USB Type-C, check out our blog article, “The Tech Lover’s Guide to Understanding USB3.1 Type-C.

USB Type-C has many advantages. It:

  • Eliminates the need for proprietary micro-USB ports, which means your iPhone charging cable may one-day be compatible with your friends’ Android
  • May make separate laptop and cell phone chargers a thing of the past
  • Charges cell phones faster by using up to 100 watts of power, which is enough to charge a laptop
  • Creates additional space, on the side of computers and other electronic devices, for more ports or other forms of technology
  • Reduced the overall number of cables and adapters needed for households with multiple electronic devices

These benefits are great. But, is making a switch from USB Type-A to USB Type-C worth it?

Making the switch from USB Type-A to USB Type-C would be a very expensive and time consuming endeavor because, as of October 2016, 99.9% of all laptops, televisions, and other electronic devices are only compatible with USB Type-A.

Adapters exists for making the switch. However, the usage of adapters means cellphones and other handheld devices cannot utilize the quick charging capabilities of USB Type-C.  Adapters cause USB Type-C to lose the high wattage needed for quick charging.

However, most individuals won’t have this problem because there are no cellphones on the market with USB Type-C anyways. Apple suggested USB Type-C as method for streamlining all cellphone ports, but continues to use proprietary thunderbolt connections. Likewise, other manufacturers have been slow to implement the new technology.

The only Android based cellphone with USB Type-C is Samsung Galaxy Note 7. However, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled for spontaneous combustion. The manufacturer admitted fires were caused by a faulty battery, and some speculate the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery was unable to handle the 22.5 watts of energy from USB Type-C. Given all prior phone batteries have just been able to receive between 5 and 10 watts of energy, it is quite possible Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was ill equipped for handling the advanced charging capabilities of USB Type-C.

One can only speculate about the cause of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires. Even so, it’s safe to say one should wait until this technology has been out a while before making the switch from USB Type-A to USB Type-C. The main reason why it is important to hold off on upgrading is because, at present, the 12-inch MacBook laptop is the only device you’ll find using USB Type-C.

There are many benefits to USB Type-C. At the same time, USB Type-A doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. New handheld devices, laptops, and computers still come with USB Type-A. However, if you own a 12-inch MacBook or would like to try USB Type-C, visit

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