- Mar 20, 2016
That's not true, USB-C most definitely does have mandated standards. It's a more complicated standard with multiple voltage possibilities, but the voltage sent from the sending device is controlled by which pins the receiving device use and provide a resistance across, which communicates to the sending device which voltage to use.This is the problem though. There is no mandated and constant standard voltage with USB-C devices. The power bricks themselves support a set range of V-A combinations, devices request a supported combination from the charger, with some devices outright not charging even from some chargers that exceed the wattage requirements for the device.
This is exacerbated by some cables themselves not being rated for certain charging requirements. There have been issues with type-c charging combinations damaging devices.
The issues with damaged devices are caused my cheap manufacturers not following the standard correctly.
Quite frankly, I'm not a big fan of USB-C and it's attempt to be one plug to rule them all. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the simplicity of USB-A ports for USB, HDMI ports for HDMI, etc. If you have a HDMI port, then you know what it is for. Whereas if you have only USB-C ports and you need HDMI, you have to know which, if any, of your USB-C ports support HDMI. Similarly you need the correct cable to support what you're trying to do, you can't just use any old USB-C terminated cable for all uses. It's a mess, not a solution. It's obfuscation, not generality.