USB Type-C is quickly replacing micro USB as the universal standard which we use to charge our smartphones, tablets and other tech gadgets. USB Type-C offers a ton of advantages over micro USB, with the biggest one being that it is completely universal. Additionally, it brings more functionality to that port found on your smartphone. As it can be plugged into monitors, hubs and so much more. There are already plenty of USB Type-C products that are available, and here are our top 10 picks.
iOrange-E USB Type-A to Type-C Cable
One of the main accessories you'll need, especially if you just picked up a new smartphone using USB Type-C, is going to be a new cable. This cable here from iOrange-E is a braided cable. This makes a difference because it's a bit more rugged and can take more of a beating. Especially good if you have kids of pets. This cable is 6.6-feet long or 2-meters, making for a pretty long cable, but not overly long either.
CHOETECH USB Type-C Wall Adapter
You'll also want to pick up a USB Type-C wall adapter if you just picked up a new phone like the HTC 10, Nexus 6P or LG G5. This wall adapter here from CHOETECH features two standard USB Type-A ports, as well as a USB Type-C. So while you'll be future proofed a bit, you can still plug in older devices without needing a separate wall adapter.
Anker PowerPort+1 Wall Adapter
This wall adapter features just one USB Type-C port. The main difference between this model and the one that CHOETECH offers - besides the extra USB ports - is the fact that this PowerPort+1 features Quick Charge 3.0. Meaning that you'll be able to charge your smartphone even faster. Quick Charge 3.0 can bring your smartphone from 0% to 80% in about 35 minutes.
VicTsing Type C USB 3.1 Hub
Now this hub here isn't really made for smartphones, but it does work great with the new Chromebook Pixel and the Apple Macbook, both of which use USB Type-C ports. This hub is pretty simple, you're looking at a USB Type-A port, with a USB Type-C port and an HDMI port. All of the essentials, basically, for using a laptop in today's world.
Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub
Here's another great USB Type-C hub that would work great with the Chromebook Pixel and Apple Macbook. This one offers a bit more flexibility, in comparison to the VicTsing one listed above. This one features two USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, a micro SD and standard SD card slot.
Vinsic USB Type-C Car Charger
This car charger from Vinsic has a USB Type-C port, allowing you to plug in your smartphone in the car and have it charge up pretty quickly. Something we can all appreciate. It also sports a USB Type-A port, and both ports output at 3A. Giving some much needed power while in the car topping up your battery.
Tronsmart USB-C Car Charger
Tronsmart also has a USB Type-C car charger here, although this one has an embedded USB Type-C cable, so you won't be able to use your own with this one. It does also sport a USB Type-A port, allowing you to plug in another smartphone or tablet, without needing another car charger. Best of all, it does support Quick Charge 3.0.
AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0, USB Type-C Car Charger
This one from Aukey has Quick Charge 3.0 as well, and also has two USB Type-A ports included. Allowing you charge multiple devices with just one car charger. With Quick Charge 3.0, you'll be able to charge up your smartphone pretty quickly. Qualcomm says it can go from 0% to 80% in about 35 minutes, depending on the size of the battery.
TechMatte USB Type-C to Micro USB Converter
Instead of buying all new cables, you could just pop this converter onto the end of your micro USB cable and turn it into a USB Type-C cable. It's quick and easy, and not to mention fairly cheap. TechMatte sells these converters in packs of two. Allowing you to quickly convert your cables on over to USB Type-C cables.
Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C Cable
If you're looking for a high-quality cable, then look no further than Anker's PowerLine lineup of cables. This particular model is a USB Type-C to USB Type-C and will work with any device using USB Type-C. Even Google's Chromebook Pixel and Apple's new Macbook. This particular cable is a 6.6-foot long cable, making it fairly long for charging your smartphone next to your bed.