So, is it possible to charge your smartphone with laptop chargers? the answer is quite yes but not always. if you want to use a laptop charger to charge your smartphone, the laptop charger should support USB-C but not all the USB C laptop chargers will safely charge your phone. There are quite a few things you have to keep in mind before plugging in your phone with your laptop charger.
USB C for a Brief Moment
USB-C is a universal connector that you’ll find in most devices nowadays. Along with USB-C Power Delivery, it’s capable of high-speed data transfer. The latest USB 4.0 and Thunderbolt 5 are based on USB-C. USB-C stands out not just for its sleek design but also for its reversibility, owed to the symmetrical placement of pins on both the top and bottom of the connector. Unlike USB-A, which is standardized with pins only on its bottom side, USB-C’s symmetrical pin layout allows for greater versatility.
With more pins, USB-C interfaces enable enhanced speeds, functionalities, and support for USB 3.2 and USB 4.0. These additional pins facilitate power delivery, alternate modes, and up to 100 watts of power, a feat impossible for USB-A. Notably, a USB-C port supporting Display Port Alternate Mode and 100W power delivery, paired with the right cable, can power a monitor while charging a laptop solely through that USB-C connection, a capability beyond USB-A’s reach.
And perhaps you won’t believe it, but USB-C can deliver up to 240 watts of power, though there are conditions for its use which we’ll discuss.”
USB PD is important For Smartphones
If your laptop charger is based on USB C, make sure it supports Power Delivery or PD technology. Due to this technology, the charger’s power output isn’t always constant. Initially, there’s communication between the device and the charger, allowing the charger to verify how much voltage and current the connected device can support. Without this communication, the charger’s output is at 5 volts and generally ranges from 2 to 3 amperes.
Higher Current Will Not Destroy Your Smartphone
There are some misconceptions about current that I’d like to clarify. If a charger can provide a maximum of 3 amperes, it doesn’t mean the device must demand the same. For instance, if a device’s demand is, let’s say, 500 milliamperes, the charger will only supply 500 milliamperes. If the device requires 2A charger will not or you can say can’t deliver 3A to that device.
So, if your device charges at a lower current and you use a high-power charger, it won’t pose any risk to the device.
Can a laptop charger charge smartphones?
Now, let’s get back to the same question: Can a laptop charger charge smartphones? Well, not all laptop chargers support USB-C PD. Before connecting a smartphone, make sure to identify if the charger supports PD.
There will be a PD symbol on it or it will be mentioned in the charger’s specifications. Alternatively, you might see multiple voltage options on the charger, such as 5 volts, 9 volts, 12 volts, or 20 volts. If the charger indicates multiple voltage options, then you’ll understand that it supports USB-C PD.”
Benefits Of Using Laptop Chargers to Charge the Smartphone
“When you charge your phone using a laptop charger, there are numerous benefits. Firstly, you don’t need to purchase a separate charger or a fast charger for your phone.
Generally, if a laptop charger supports PD, it will most probably support higher voltages and currents. So, if your device is capable, it can benefit from the higher power and charge faster.
Moreover, if you travel a lot, you don’t need to carry multiple chargers.
240W Charging is Special
Now, let’s talk about 240W charging. Older USB-C cables won’t support 240W charging. For 240W, specific standards and specifications have been set in USB-C. At 240W, the voltage jumps from 20V to 48V at 5 amps (voltage × current = 240W). Older cables won’t support this. There’s a reason for that: whenever there’s a high voltage or high current flow on a line and you disconnect it abruptly, there’s a small spark generated which potentially damage the USB-C port. There’s a special type of cable is used in supported 240W cables. That’s a wholly another topic.
How to Identify 240W Cables and Chargers?
Cables supporting 240W charging technology will likely have logos like ‘USB 240W’. Chargers need to support this new standard too, and for that, there’s an official logo: ‘USB charger 240 watt certified.’ These logos will be mentioned on packaging or the product.
Even if you don’t see these logos, if it’s written ‘extended power range’ or ‘EPR’ on the cable or charger, you’ll understand it supports up to 240W power delivery.
And obviously, the device being charged should support 240W charging if you want to use 240W power delivery. Basically to use 240W power delivery you have the support of this technology on charger cable and the device.
Suppose you have a USB-C PD laptop charger that can output 240 watts, but your phone can’t handle that power. In that case, your phone will never charge at 240 watts; it will charge at its maximum capabilit if it’s just 25W the charger will deliver that not the 240W. Now I hope you understand the fact.
In the Concluding Lines…
Using your laptop’s USB-C charger to power up your smartphone is a smart choice. USB-C chargers are versatile and often compatible across devices, offering efficient and rapid charging for smartphones. Their adaptability allows for convenient charging, minimizing the need for multiple chargers and outlets. This eco-friendly practice not only simplifies your charging routine but also ensures reliable and safe power delivery. Embracing the USB-C charger for your smartphone promotes a practical, streamlined charging experience, fostering convenience and sustainability in the digital age.