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Every laptop charger could soon be universal thanks to the new 240W USB Type-C specification


For your next gaming laptop, say goodbye to those bulky old power bricks with a plethora of strange plugs. USB Type-C will be able to deliver power up to 240W in the near future. In other words, there's plenty of juice to keep even the most thirsty gaming laptop running at full speed.

Though there are a few tasty details about how to prevent electrical arcs when unplugging your suddenly superpowered juice pipeline in the new Type-C 2.1 specs revision, the biggest change is the switch in maximum power delivery. The previous generation of Type-C connectors could only deliver 20V at 5A, limiting them to a maximum power output of 100W.

That's fine for a standard ultrabook like the XPS 13 and even the Razer Blade Stealth 13, which has a discrete GTX 1650 Ti, but it's not enough to keep a modern gaming laptop running at full speed. Some gaming laptops, such as the Asus Zephyrus G14 and Razer's Blade 14 and 15, do support charging via USB Type-C, but they won't keep the battery charged if you try to use it at the same time.

With the switch to 48V at 5A, you get a peak wattage of 240W, which means that that near-universal cable can handle all of your laptop needs. Well, it's sort of universal. Instead of the current Standard Power Range (SPR) cables, this new optional power upgrade requires newer Extended Power Range (EPR) cables.