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What is the maximum length for USB-C cables? What is the distance between the charger and the iPhone, iPad or MacBook? And over which routes can data be transferred quickly via USB 3.1, USB 3.2 or USB4? The maximum cable length for USB-C connections has changed in recent years, so we've revised the information in this post. In 2017, when the post first appeared, there was still a limit of 1,5 meters. In the meantime, however, three to four meters can easily be bridged. It is only important that the cable supports a high data rate (at least 10 GBit / s) and a high charging power (100 W).
Depending on the intended use, you can now safely use USB-C cables with a length of 3 meters or 4 meters. There are also special VR glasses cables with a length of 5 meters. Such cables can also be used to charge the smartphone or gaming controller (if the end device has a USB-C port). For data transfer to and from the external hard drive, between smartphone and computer, between computer and monitor and so on, special cables must of course be used. You can orientate yourself on the supported USB generation with "Superspeed":
Of course, the maximum transmission rate can only be reached if the two devices connected to the cable also support the respective standards. The best cable is therefore useless if the end devices only have USB 3.0 or USB 2.0. The latter only brings you a maximum of 480 Mbit / s. The high-performance power supply must also be supported equally by the charger, cable and device. Only when all three support Power Delivery (USB-PD) is the maximum output of 100 W possible over several meters.
Below you will find a selection of good USB-C cables that you can use for data transfer and charging device batteries over several meters. I took a close look at the technical data of the individual cables and only selected those for you that meet the requirements described above. Do you find a bug or do you have your own recommendation? Then leave a comment!
A USB-C cable with a length of 1 m, USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 for up to 20 GBit / s, Power Delivery for up to 100 W charging power, with a nylon braided cable and a connector angled at 90 ° you get from ULT-WIIQ. On the Amazon product page, where you can order with Prime Shipping, you can also choose the lengths 1,5m and 0,5m.
If you want a future-proof cable that can even handle USB4 and thus 40 Gbit / s data transfer, then there is one too. I've picked one that also supports Power Delivery for up to 100 watts of charging power. It also supports 8K video at 60 fps, 4K video at 60 fps, and more. That Cable from ManJiaHui is available from Amazon with Prime Shipping.
May it be a little bit more? A nylon-braided USB-C cable with a length of 2m, USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 for up to 20 GBit / s and Power Delivery for up to 100 W charging power are available from Ivanky, among others. Not only does it have an average rating of 4,7 out of 5 stars, I can also recommend Ivanky personally. Despite the good specs it is comparatively cheap - and even available with Prime Delivery.
Are you looking for a 2 meter long USB-C cable with USB4 for up to 40 GBit / s, 8K video, 100W charging power, support for Power Delivery and Quick Charge as well as all other USB4 and Thunderbolt 4 specs? Then of course I have something in store for you. Have a look the cable from Maxonar at. It's not cheap, but includes Prime Delivery.
A 3 meter long cable with USB-C connectors and USB 3.2 can be found if you are looking for special device compatibilities. For example, there are USB-C to USB-C cables that are specifically offered for use with Oculus VR glasses. There is a corresponding offer from the brand Cbus Wireless. In addition, 100W are promised for USB-PD - you can order here.
There are also 3 meter long USB Type C cables with Power Delivery (USB-PD) for up to 100W fast charging function. However, the selection for fast data transfer is a bit thin here. UGREEN has two cables that offer USB 2 for up to 480 Mbit / s. One with regular plugs and then another with a 90 ° angled connector - both including Prime.
For the following lengths, too, I had to fall back on cables for promising recommendations that are offered for special applications - for example, again for use on Oculus VR glasses with higher data rates. Strangely, there are none with four meters. Other cable models are also only available with 4,5m, but then only with USB 2.0.
For example, I found a USB-C cable for you with a length of 4,5 meters that supports Power Delivery, but only has USB 2.0 with 480 Mbit / s for data transfer. If that's enough for you and you mainly need a cable that can span four and a half meters, then you can get the model from the brand uni watch with this link.
The selection for cables with USB Type C connectors, 5 meters in length and high data throughput is similarly clear. A model with USB 3.1 Gen 1 or USB 3.2 Gen 1 (is basically the same, was only renamed in between) and thus up to 5 Gbit / s data transfer is available from CABLETEX. It is offered for the Oculus Quest 2 VR glasses, but can certainly also be used on other devices. According to a customer review, the cable can also handle Power Delivery.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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