August 02, 2022 3 min read

With a dizzying amount of tech specs in electrical outlets, how does one understand the difference between 30W and 60W USB-C Power Delivery (PD) outlets, and how to choose the outlet that’s best for their needs? We’re here to help explain just that.

While there can be other differentiating factors, the bottom line when it comes to choosing between a 30 Watt USB-C (PD) and a 60 Watt USB-C (PD) outlet is about how fast you want your devices to charge. More watts = shorter charging times. And shorter charging time makes for happier families. 

The type of devices you plan to connect to the outlet is another consideration: the bigger the device, the more watts is typically needed for charging. A laptop needs more watts to charge than a tablet, a tablet needs more than a phone, a watch requires more than a phone, and so on. 

It’s these basic parameters that will guide you in better understanding the difference between these two outlet choices, allowing you to better determine the right outlet for your individual needs. 

What is the difference between the 30W and 60W (PD) outlets?

The 30W USB-C (PD) Outlet

usb drawer charging station

Renowned as one of the top four best wall outlets with USB charging ports, Leviton’s 30W USB-C (PD) outlet is equipped with two high-power, future-proof USB-C ports with a combined power draw of 30 watts. It’s the go-to for those who like charging two or more devices at the same time, as it can accommodate up to four plug-ins.

This outlet, despite its powerful features, is quite easy to install, even for beginners and DIY-ers.

Both Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo In Drawer Outlets (in 15 or 20 amp) offer this 30W outlet with the USB-C Power Delivery (PD) configuration. The USB-C (PD) function allows you to charge compatible devices faster than is often possible with the charger that came with your device. 

A household favorite, the 30W outlet has worked wonders for many of our clients, but with the development of the newest 60W outlet, another opportunity has opened for those who want to optimize efficiency in their charging experience at home or in the office.

The 60W USB-C (PD) Outlet

drawer with 60W outlet

Like the 30W option, the 60W outlet hosts USB-C (PD) ports in the standard connection of most devices. Equipped with smart chip technology and overcurrent protection, the 60W outlet ensures that you remain safe from incidents like overcharging and excessive heating while connected.

The 60W USB-C (PD) outlet comes in the same high quality technical specs as the 30W, but as its name suggests, it is evident that the 60W version is a level up from the 30W.

While the 30W USB-C (PD) outlet delivers up to 2x the charging power of a standard connection for PD-enabled devices, its 60W counterpart is the most powerful USB charger on the market. Engineered and tested for compatibility with the latest devices, the 60W USB-C (PD) outlet boasts state-of-the-art charging technology that’s capable of powering up your devices in a matter of minutes.

From kitchens, to bedrooms, home offices, bathrooms and more, the benefit of even-faster-charging comes in handy for multi-taskers who aim for speed and convenience. 

Here’s a guide to help you better visualize the differences between all USB outlets:

 

USB-A

 

USB-C (PD) 30W

 

USB-C (PD) 60W

Charging Speed

Fast

Faster

Fastest

Thermoregulation

No

Yes

Yes

Grade

Residential/Commercial Specification Grade

Residential/Commercial Specification Grade

Residential/Commercial Specification Grade

Warranty

2-Year Limited

2-Year Limited

2-Year Limited

 

How to choose the best outlet for your needs

Now that you’re a bit more familiar with the technicalities of these two outlet options, here are a few things to consider when choosing the right Docking Drawer outlet for your project.

What are your charging needs?

It’s important to first identify which devices you’ll be connecting, and what your needs are in regards to charging time.

  • The 30W Dual USB-C (PD) in-wall outlet, for example, is a powerful choice for everyday use, compatible with all PD-enabled phones. 
  • The 60W USB-C (PD) outlet offers higher wattage that supports fast charging for larger PD-enabled devices like tablets & laptops, and more. 

If you desire faster charging time for your devices, or if you want the convenience of built-in USB-C (PD) charging ports, then the 60W outlet is the better choice. However, if you don't need those extra features, then the 30W outlet will still get the job done.

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