Choosing USB-C Adapters Built for Superior Video Quality

When you're traveling, working at home, in the office, or at a hotel, your technology comes with you and getting the most out of your device is essential. Adding high-performance external video or wired Ethernet connectivity helps you get things done wherever you are, and through your device's USB-C port and the right adapter you can easily do this. USB-C adapters with DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, or RJ-45 (Ethernet) are ideal for converting the USB-C port on today's mobile devices for use with external displays or a wired Ethernet network.

Whether you have the latest Ultra-High Definition DisplayPort or HDMI display, or a DVI or VGA monitor, there is a USB-C adapter available for you to provide optimum quality audio/video from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. If Wi-Fi is not an option, a USB-C adapter lets you connect to a wired network at Gigabit speeds to keep the data flowing.

USB-C Adapters can also be used with Thunderbolt 3 devices, as the Thunderbolt 3 connector is physically identical to the USB-C connector. The only difference is that Thunderbolt 3 devices enable data transfer at up to 40 Gbps while many standard USB-C devices max out at 20 Gbps. This does not affect the AV or Ethernet signals being sent via USB-C adapters, and the identical form factor of the connector allows you to use them on Thunderbolt 3 devices for peak performance.

USB-C Adapters are therefore perfect for use with the latest PC, Mac, or Chromebook devices with USB-C ports. No external power is required, with power coming from the connected USB-C device, making these adapters excellent for use with the USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Running Out of Ports? USB-C Dongles to the Rescue

A USB-C to AV adapter takes up a valuable port on your device to connect an external monitor, so you have fewer ports available, or possibly, no more ports (Apple iPad is an example of a device with only one USB-C port). Black Box offers adapter dongles with a USB-C charging port, which takes the place of the port used up by the adapter and lets your charge your source device. Read on to learn how you can use that port to charge your device.

Beyond Basic Data Communication, Today's USB-C Charges, Too

Mobile phones, tablets and laptops today demand a lot out of their USB ports, using them for charging, transfer of data, connecting peripherals, and more. Prior to USB-C, there were a variety of connector types used on mobile devices, with some devices including separate ports for data and power. This led to compatibility issues, excess cabling, and increased costs. A new data and charging solution was needed.

Enter the USB Power Delivery (PD) Specification

USB Power Delivery (PD) is a single charging standard that can be used across all USB devices. Enabled via the new low profile USB-C connector, USB Power Delivery allows you to charge your device while at the same time transferring data, and all with a single cable. It also has the capacity to charge devices big and small, ranging from the phone you keep in your pocket to the laptop you take to and from work. Because different devices use various amounts of power, PD adapters can support several power levels, such as 60 W (20 V, 3 A) or even up to 100 W (20 V, 5 A).

Pick the Perfect Port Power

Before buying a USB-C to AV adapter, make sure that it supports the power you want to deliver. If your device does not come with a USB-C cable for charging, you need to buy one that supports the amount of power your device needs.

Compare the power level a cable supports with what your device needs. As a general rule, power banks need about 18-25 W, smartphones require approximately 18-45 W, tablets use 18-30 W, and laptops draw around 29-100 W of power. Black Box adapters with 60 W (20 V, 3 A) PD Charging will only provide that amount of power, so if your device requires 100 W (20 V, 5 A), be aware that the 60 W charging port will not optimally charge your device. In contrast, if you have a device that only needs 60 W of power, a 100 W adapter would still work with your 60-W device.

Trust Black Box for the Right USB-C Adapter

At home or on the road, the right USB-C adapter drives crystal-clear video from your mobile devices to an external display. Modern adapters comply with the Powered Device (PD) standard to charge your devices when plugged in. When choosing your adapter, be sure to consider the amount of power your device needs, because different adapters supply various power levels. Turn to Black Box for top-quality USB-C adapters that supply 60-W and 100-W of power to your mobile devices.

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