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USB-C upgrades on the way, 100W to insane 240W over tiny USB-C cable

USB Type-C version 2.1 specification update: 240-watt option unveiled, dubbed 'Extended Power Range' or EPR... drops in 2H 2021.

Published Fri, May 28 2021 8:36 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Jun 25 2021 3:33 PM CDT

There are some major changes coming to USB-C and they are very, very welcomed -- the USB Implementers Forum is an industry group that developed the technology, and they've unveiled the USB-C version 2.1 update that supports up to an insane 240W charging over USB-C.

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The new 240W charging capacity is called Extended Power Range (EPR) and it will arrive in devices in the second half of 2021, and it'll require new cables that clearly state they support up to 240W charging. The regular lower-power cables are now called Standard Power Range (SPR) and will top out at 60W while delivering an electrical current of 3 amps.

The higher-end 100W cables that you can find today are running at up to 5 amps and will fall into the new Extended Power Range (EPR) family of cables. EPR will range between 100W and 240W with USB-C, meaning you could power a large high-end 32-inch 4K monitor over USB-C or even a high-end gaming laptop or AIO computer.

USB-IF Chairman Brad Saunders explained: "One hundred watts has served a lot of purposes, but there are markets that could benefit from more power -- things like gaming notebooks or maybe a docking station that can distribute more power to the things connected to it".

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