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The first USB Type-C cables capable of 240W charging finally arrived!

Small retailer Club 3D just announced three new cables that can each deliver up to 240 watts of power.
The first USB Type-C cables capable of 240W charging finally arrived!
One of the freshly-released USB-C cables from Club 3D

All three are rated to 240W peak wattage

A year ago, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) released an updated USB Type-C 2.1 specification that boosted the power delivery from 100W up to 240W. However, there were no cables with that power delivery launched in the market, not until Club 3D entered the game.

According to one of the sources, the 240W charging capability was made possible due to the Extended Power Range (EPR) that offers now up to 48 V voltage supply at a remaining 5A. This means users may use them to charge power-hungry gaming notebooks and other devices that were suffering from the limitation of 100W on the earlier standard.

The previous maximum of 100W (20 volts and 5 amps) was inadequate for several tasks. It could take a while for the device to charge up to full, and the best gaming laptops probably required more wattage than the cable could provide.

Note that Club 3D unveiled three cables and each varies based on its specifications and capabilities. Allegedly, the top cable (CAC-1576) can support a 240W peak wattage (48 volts and 5 amps). 

At the same time, it can preserve the full USB4 40Gbps data-transfer rate through the Thunderbolt 3 protocol. It can also deliver video through DisplayPort alt mode at a maximum quality of 8K 60Hz.

The remaining two models, CAC-1575 and CAC-1573, are equipped with lower specifications. The mid-tier offering brings USB4 20Gbps data transfer and up to 4K/60Hz video. 

Meanwhile, the likely most affordable model supports the 240W power delivery. However, the data-transfer capabilities are largely diminished, all the way down to USB 2.0 and 480Mbps.

Apparently, there are no compatible chargers that will support the 240W power draw of the new cables yet. Club3D's top charger claimed to have a maximum of132W. Without a matching charger, the cable alone won't be able to provide the full 240W output. 

On the other hand, chargers are soon likely to be released due to the presence of these types of cables.

As of the moment, there is no information yet regarding the pricing and availability of these new cables mentioned above. Let's wait for the further announcement from Club 3D.

Source: Club 3D

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