What is USB-C with Power Delivery (PD)?
Technology moves quickly—and Docking Drawer does, too! That’s why we’ve added Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo charging outlets featuring USB-C with Power Delivery to our offerings. Now you can quickly, safely charge cell phones or tablets three times faster than with a normal charger. And, thanks to the integrated smart chip, your device is protected from overheating while delivering those faster charge times. Have a USB-C ready laptop? You can charge and power them directly from the outlet, allowing you to toss that bulky charging block!
WHAT IS USB-C?
USB-C, also known as Type-C, is the latest connector developed by the USB Implementers' Forum (USB-IF), a group of industry leaders within the consumer electronics community, such as Apple, Intel, Dell, and Belkin. As many of the world's most recognized manufacturers are supporting this new technology, it is likely to be widely adopted. With such support, USB-C will gradually replace previous USB types, including USB-A, USB-B and USB Mini-B. Plus, as future devices are equipped with the new USB-C port, which is smaller than its predecessors, it's likely these devices will also be thinner and lighter than ever before.
Benefits of Docking Drawer Blade & Blade Duo outlets with USB-C with Power Delivery
USB-C (PD) can charge your device up to 70% faster than standard 12W charging found in USB-A outlets. This means your devices will need less time to reach a full charge. A quick 10-minute charge with USB-C (PD) might be all you need to get going.
With up to 2X more powerful USB specifications than typical USB outlets, Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo outlets with USB-C (PD) outlets have up to 30W of power available per duplex outlet and can charge larger devices, like tablets and laptops, with just a USB-C cable.
The USB-C (PD) outlets in Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo assemblies contain a smart chip that makes charging safer with 3 key features:
• Recognizes and optimizes the charging requirements for each individual device and is specially designed to handle new high levels of power.
• Has built-in overcurrent protection to safely keep devices from receiving too much power.
• Features an internal thermoregulator to prevent electronics from overheating while charging. USB-A can’t do that.
Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo with USB-C (PD) Specifications
Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo with USB-C (PD) will charge a Macbook, Macbook Air, or Macbook Pro. Macbooks come with a 60 - 85w charger but 30w is enough to charge and operate a Macbook.
Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo with USB-C (PD) will charge an iPad Pro faster than the OEM supplied plug in charger. The iPad Pro comes with a 18w charger but the iPad itself is Power Delivery capable so when used with the Blade USB-C it will charge nearly twice as fast due to the 30w capacity.
CHROMEBOOK & SMART PHONES
Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo with USB-C (PD) will fast charge Chromebooks and smart phones including Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone 8 and later iPhones when using a USB-C to Lightning Cable.
As USB-C (PD) gradually becomes the standard, installing an in-drawer outlet with USB-C (PD) is the best way to ensure the fastest charging of future USB-C (PD) enabled devices.
|Spec||Blade Charging |
2 AC & USB-A
|Blade Charging |
2 AC & USB-C with Power Delivery
|Max Power Per Port|
Note: Max total power of the USB-C charging outlet is 30 watts total. 30 watts can either be shared between both ports or delivered by a single port if only 1 PD enabled device is connected.
|12 watts||30 watts|
|Max Voltage||5 volts DC||Up to |
15 volts DC
|Max Current||AC: |
3 amps @ 120 VAC
3 amps @ 5 VDC
3 amps @ 120 VAC
USB (PD Device):
2 amps @ 15 VDC,
3 amps @ 9 VDC
USB (Non-PD Device): 3 amps @ 5 VDC
WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USB-C AND USB-C WITH (PD)
A traditional non-Power Delivery USB-C charger outlet will charge your devices at USB-A specifications. This means that your devices will charge within a few hours, but that the outlet does not have the specifications to power laptops.
A USB-C outlet with Power Delivery delivers faster charging times so your devices can be charged in less time—and without your bulky block charger included when you purchased your device. Don’t believe us? Here are some additional details. The iPad Pro comes with a 18w charger but the iPad itself is Power Delivery capable. This means that when it’s used with the Blade USB-C it will charge nearly twice as fast due to the 30w capacity! Docking Drawer Blade and Blade Duo with USB-C (PD) will also fast charge iPhone 8 and later when using a USB-C to Lightning Cable.
Note that not all USB-C chargers offer Power Delivery so for this capability be sure to look over the specs of your charger carefully.
Differences in USB Technology
WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USB-A AND USB-C WITH (PD)
USB-C with Power Delivery can charge your device up to 70% faster than standard 5W specifications found in USB-A outlets. Additionally, a smart chip found in the USB-C with Power Delivery ensures that individual tech devices are charged according to their individual needs. For instance, a laptop and a mobile phone will both be charged up more quickly than if you were to use a USB-A or USB-C, but not at the same power level as with a USB-PD.
USB-C WITH PD IS USB-C WITH PD THE SAME AS THUNDERBOLT?
No, Thunderbolt™ technology, created by Intel®, steps up USB port technology by supporting both high‐speed data and video. Harnessing Thunderbolt technology through a USB-C port created in partnership with USB-IF, Thunderbolt 3 is the fastest port available. It connects Thunderbolt devices, all HD and 4K displays, and billions of USB devices using 1 compact, reversible plug—transferring 4x the data and 2x the video bandwidth of any other cable.