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If you only want to charge the battery of your smartphone and tablet via USB Type C, you can in principle use any USB-C charging cable. As soon as you expect more from the cable than just a little charging current, certain technical data and standards come into play. Especially if you also want to use the connection for data exchange. For example, if you work with Thunderbolt 3 on your MacBook Pro, you should buy a USB-C charging cable that is certified for the standard not only to deliver up to 100 W of power, but also to quickly transport data and transfer audio and video.
All current Apple Mac computers - whether for desks or laps - come with USB-C ports that allow data to be transferred Thunderbolt 3 support. This means that not only storage media can be used, but also monitors, input devices and other peripherals can be connected with a maximum speed of 40 Gbps.
However, not all USB-C cables that are available for sale support this transmission standard. The low-cost models in particular often only support USB 2.0, some also USB 3.1, but Thunderbolt 3 has to be looked for specifically. Once you have found it, the shortest possible versions are best for data transmission, since after 0,5 m the transmission rate can drop from 40 Gbps to 20 Gbps or 10 Gbps.
But only as a hint for those who want to buy the expensive cable with type C connection on both sides not only for charging device batteries. But here's a tip: pay attention Power Delivery (PD) for the fastest possible charging of the electricity storage system.
Because the 100 W that the MacBook (Pro) needs with power-consuming processes only arrive via USB-PD. Since this was a lot of information, terms and numbers, I have listed a few cables below that not only have USB-C ports, but also support the Thunderbolt 3 standard and ensure that the MacBook battery is powered by Power Delivery can be charged as quickly as possible.
Some manufacturers or brands that you should look at - in addition to the original Apple accessories - are Cable Matters and CABLETEX. These offer strings from 0,5 m to 2 m on Amazon with the criteria listed above. The numerous positive customer ratings and reviews show that the products on offer keep what they promise. There are also articles from Belkin and Anker, both of which are also not badly rated. Here is my list for you:
You can order the Cable Matters cables with a length of 0,5 meters, 1 meter or 2 meters. On the Amazon product page you will find all technical data and further information again. In addition, the customer ratings of users.
The CABLETEX models also offer good technical details and positive customer reviews at Amazon. In addition, the fasteners that can be ordered with a length of one or two meters are cheaper than those of the aforementioned brand.
Belkin also offers Thunderbolt-certified USB-C cables that deliver 100W of power to the watch. The options where two out of four are displayed as prime offers can be found on the Amazon page.
A 50 cm long (or short) cable, which is especially good for connecting devices such as external hard drives, nearby monitors or power banks, comes from Anker. Data, reviews and pictures are also available on its Amazon product page.
And finally that Apple original with a length of 80 cm.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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