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Anker's new dual-head USB-C cable charges two devices simultaneously

Anker's new dual-head USB-C cable charges two devices simultaneously

Anker is trying something new that could potentially cut the number of cables you use in half. Its 2-in-1 USB-C cable allows two devices to charge simultaneously from a single USB-C port with built-in "smart power management" that automatically adjusts power distribution based on "each device's power needs."

The four-foot-long cable has a USB-C port on one end that splits into a pair of USB-C ports on the other end, each with a foot of cable that can be shortened as needed to keep things neat and organized. All of this is wrapped in a durable casing that Anker promises will withstand "over 10,000 bends."

Supporting PD, PPS, and PIQ 2.0 USB Power Delivery protocols, Anker's 2-in-1 charging cable can deliver up to 140W of power when one device is connected to the power adapter. When two devices, such as a laptop and smartphone, are connected, if one device is drawing more than 100W of power, the maximum power delivery drops to 130W. If neither device needs that much power, the cable's total power delivery is reduced and will not exceed 100W.

Anker has provided some additional information about how the 2-in-1's automatic power management works. If two laptops are plugged in to the same USB-C power source at the same time, the laptop plugged in first will receive more power. When charging two devices, such as a laptop and a smartphone, with a slower 60W power adapter, the computer will receive only 30W of power, while the phone will receive only 13.5W. Not surprisingly, you'll need to pick up a more powerful USB-C power adapter to take full advantage of this 2-in-1 cable's capabilities.

Data transfer is also supported, but unfortunately, Anker's new 2-in-1 cable doesn't work as a USB-C hub. Only the first device will be able to share data when connected, and transfers are limited to 480Mbps USB 2.0 speeds.

While we haven't had the opportunity to test the new cable ourselves, it sounds like it might require you to upgrade your USB-C power adapter to something more powerful. But if wires are piling up in your everyday carry, the Anker 2-in-1 USB-C Charging Cable is an attractive upgrade for $25.

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