I'm trying to figure out what usb-c charging hubs would be useful to charge my MacBook Pro. The specs for the charger that is included (61W) says: Output: 20.3V - 3A (USB PD) or 9V - 3A (USP PD) or 5.2V - 2.4A.

How are these different charging-modes being used? I'm mostly interested in the 20.3V - 3A one.

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The charging mode used depends on what is being charged. When you plug-in the charger to a device, the charger and the device will communicate with each other and determine the correct charging mode.

For non USB PD (Power Delivery) devices, it will default to the old USB standard, which is the ~5 volts.

For USB PD (Power Delivery) compatible devices the charger will support either 5, 9 or 20 volts according to what the device wants. The USB PD standard (rev. 3) defines four standard power levels that a charger can support: 5V, 9V, 15V and 20V.

Further explanation on Wikipedia:

USB Power Delivery

  • okay, cool, and do you know how to figure out what power levels work and is needed on what devices? A mac book pro for instance :P Mar 1, 2018 at 15:28

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