[Update] USB-C extension: Maximum length and suitable cables

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).

The maximum length from USB-C to USB-C cables is currently 5 meters. There is a large selection for cables with 0,5 m, 1 m, 2 m and also 3 m. From 4 m USB-C cables you have to look for special models - here you will find a current selection.

The maximum length from USB-C to USB-C cables is currently 5 meters. There is a large selection for cables with 0,5 m, 1 m, 2 m and also 3 m. From 4 m USB-C cables you have to look for special models - here you will find a current selection.

Maximum USB-C cable length: 3 m, 4 m and 5 m now possible!

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":

  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 - 5 Gbit / s super speed
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 - 10 Gbit / s super speed
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 - 20 Gbit / s Superspeed (only USB-C to USB-C cable)
  • USB4 Gen 3 × 2 - 40 Gbit / s Superspeed (only USB-C to USB-C cable)

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.

Choose good USB-C cables for data transfer and battery charging

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!

USB-C cable with 1m length

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. 

90 Degree Angle USB C to USB C Cable 100W, 20Gbps Right Angle USB 3.2 Gen2 × 2 Type C Charging Cable, ...
  • 【90 degree angle plug design】 The special 90 ° connector design is more comfortable for games or watching ...
  • 【4K @ 60Hz video output】 The USB C 3.2 cable supports 4K @ 60Hz and 2K @ 165Hz video signal transmission, and provides ...
  • 【100W Power Delivery fast charging & 20Gbps data transfer】 The USB C to USB C 3.2 Gen 2 charging cable supports ...

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.

[USB-IF certified] USB4 cable Compatible with Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 3 and all USB-C, ...
  • 【𝙐𝙎𝘽-𝙄𝙁 Z𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙯𝙞𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙐𝙎𝘽𝟰 ...
  • 【Up to 40Gbps data transfer】 USB4 cable supports data transfer up to 40 Gbps, it's 8x faster ...
  • 【Single 8K @ 60Hz or Dual 4K @ 60Hz】 Supports Crystal Clear HD Monitor with Single 8K (7680 x 4320) @ 60Hz or Dual ...

USB-C cable with 2m length

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.

iVANKY USB C to USB C cable 2M, USB 3.2 Gen2 × 2 Type C charging cable, 100W 20V / 5A Power Delivery ...
  • ❤️ [One cable for everything] - charging / transfer / audio-video. Up to 100 W power output for fast charging ....
  • 👍 [True-to-Life 4K images] - The cable supports 4K @ 60Hz and 2K @ 165Hz video signal transmission, and delivers ...
  • 🌟 [Optimizing Image Quality] - Advanced desktop and video mirroring modes to optimize your ...

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.

Thunderbolt 4 cable 2m / 40Gbps, Maxonar TB4 certified USB C4.0 cable 20V / 5A 100W Supports ...
  • 40 Gbit / s: The data transfer speed for Thunderbolt 4 cables is up to 40 Gbit / s ...
  • 100 W power supply: Maxonar 2m (200cm) Thunderbolt 4 cable up to 20 V / 5 A 100 W charging compatibility. The possibility,...
  • Single 8K or Dual 4K: Enjoy Ultra HD video resolution. Support crystal clear HD dual monitors with ...

USB-C cable with 3m length

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.

CBUS 3 m Oculus Quest Link Compatible Cable USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Right Angle Fast Charging Cable for ...
  • Fully functional USB Active Optical USB-C Cable for Oculus Quest Link
  • 3 m extra strong, double-braided nylon cord.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 technology, signals up to 10 Gbit / s ultra-fast data transfer. Backwards compatible with USB 3.2 ...

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.

2,10 EUR
UGREEN USB C to USB C Cable 100W Power Delivery Charging Cable USB C USB C 5A / 20V Fast Charging Cable ...
  • 100W Power Delivery fast charging: UGREEN USB C to USB C charging cable supports Power Delivery fast charging technology.
  • Support synchronization: In addition to the charging function, you can use 100W type C to type C charging cable to transfer data between ...
  • Wide compatibility: UGREEN USB C USB C charging cable 100W is compatible with Power Delivery supported USB C ...
UGREEN USB C to USB C cable 100W angled plug USB-C USB-C charging cable 5A / 20V compatible with MacBook ...
  • Support 100W Power Delivery fast charging: UGREEN USB C to USB C cable angle supports Power Delivery 100W ...
  • Wide compatibility: UGREEN 100W USB C USB C cable 90 degrees Power Delivery is compatible with MacBook Air 2020, ...
  • 90 degree angle plug design: The special 90 degree angle plug design of Power Delivery USB C USB C charging cable 100W ...

USB-C cable with 4m or 4,5m length

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.

uni USB-C charging cable, 4.5m USB C to USB C cable 5A 100W, compatible for MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, ...
  • 【Extra long】 4,5 m, extra longer than the original Apple cable (2 m). No extension cord required ....
  • 【Fast charging】 Output power up to 20V, 5A, 100W. and offers data transfer speeds of up to ...
  • 【With intelligent chip】 Built-in e-maker chip automatically detects the maximum power that the device ...

USB-C cable with 5m length

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.

CABLETEX 5 meter Oculus Quest 2 Link cable USB C | USB 3.2 for Oculus Quest, VR glasses, MacBook ...
  • FULL 5 METERS OF FREEDOM without annoying adapters or extensions when playing with the Oculus Quest & Oculus Quest 2 ...
  • INCLUDING VELCRO TAPE: Perfectly designed for Oculus Quest Link: 90 degree angle connector on one side for space-saving ...
  • TECHNICALLY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL: Fully-fledged USB 3.2 Gen1 cable for lowest latency, fast data transfer and ...
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4 comments

  1. Tobias Claren says:

    Hello.

    So does it depend on the device?
    What about a USB monitor like the Asus MB16AC, for example? Theoretically, the signal from the graphics card can also be transmitted via this. There are supposedly new graphics cards with USB-C. Otherwise, it probably runs through an internal USB solution in the monitor.
    The part has a C / C cable included, and an adapter to A.
    I think it would be better to have a cable from A to C right away, and that can be a little longer.

    Wouldn't it be better then, a fiber optic cable would be developed ...
    You can still run electricity over it, it should be more robust.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello, tobias!
      Maybe briefly to your question and your ideas:
      The new Macs are all equipped with USB-C ports, which you can of course also use to connect an external monitor. This has been the case for several years and is nothing new. This also works with a USB 3.0 connection. There are extra USB 3 to HDMI adapters that solve this problem. If your monitor is operated with USB-C, I don't know whether you can use one of the usual USB-A to USB-C cables. I believe that they do not transmit a monitor signal, but are only intended as a charging cable. If I'm wrong, I like to link a cable that works for a monitor, but I couldn't find anything.

      If your monitor has HDMI-IN, you can work with a USB-A-to-HDMI adapter. The HDMI cable can then be longer.

      In principle, fiber optic cables could also work, but the technology for converting electricity into light and light into electricity is certainly significantly more expensive than a USB-C cable with connectors. And if you then send electricity through, you can take a copper cable directly and leave out the fiber optics. Still the cheapest way, I guess. :)

  2. Alexander Reusch says:

    "to get the maximum out of USB-C 3.1, ie to transfer about 10 bit / s"
    I really hope that 10 GBit / s are meant here?

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Yes, Alexander. Of course you are right. Who would still want 10 bit / s?!? It's like a throttled ISDN modem. : D I'll correct it quickly ...

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