The USB port was pretty exciting when it was first introduced years ago. Ever since, the consortium behind the port has been improving the technology behind it. USB-C is the latest iteration, and we think it is pretty fantastic here at Pale Blue Earth. It makes charging our lithium-ion batteries even more convenient.
USB-C refers only to the size and shape of the port itself. The rest of the USB concept remains the same. USB-C cables can transmit both power and data, but they can do so faster than ever before. What makes it so appealing to makers of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is the way the port and plug work together.
Previous USB plugs were directional. They only fit into a port one way which left users needing to check visually or take a stab at inserting only to find out they were not aligned half of the time. USB-C plugs are able to be plugged in either way and have small features to make insertion smoother and easier. Not only can you plug in a USB-C cable with less effort, but adoption of the new port also brings an entirely new standard to USB devices. Once USB-C becomes the default, we will not need multiple cables and charging adapters for all our devices. But enough of that. Let's talk about rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
A Single Cable for All Your Batteries
Let us say you buy all your USB-C rechargeable batteries from Paleblue. You should, by the way. Nonetheless, you only need one USB-C cable to charge them all. On the other end of the cable is a USB (USB-A) plug that will fit into a wall charger, a computer, or any kind of public charging station. Our USB-A is a little special though, as it can also be plugged in either way, so you don’t have to try and try again to get it right. Convenience matters to the customer experience and we focus a lot of effort on these details.
Having recently flown, I was delighted to see USB-A (and some USB-C) charging stations all over the airport. They were in the terminals. They were in the restaurants and lounges. There were even USB charging stations built into the plane seats. Not that I needed to, but I could have charged my batteries or phone in flight.
Finding all sorts of charging options during my flights was useful for usre. But why stop there? I was having the oil in my car changed recently. Guess what I ran across in the waiting room? USB-C charging stations built right into the chairs. Speaking of which, you can buy living room furniture with charging stations built in.
Form Factor Doesn't Matter
The other thing that excites us is that form factor doesn't matter. Paleblue carries all the most common form factors for consumers: AAA, AA, A, 9V, C, D and soon the CR123. Because the charging technology is built right into the batteries, you don't need a separate charger to power them back up. You plug the USB-C end into the batteries and the USB end into your computer or charging station. That's it.
This may seem like such a basic thing that it is not worth getting excited about. But if that's the case, you probably aren't like the rest of us. We all have tons of different USB cables in a junk drawer at home. There is one cable for the phone and another for your flashlight. There is a separate cable for the electric razor, the rechargeable electric toothbrush, and all those tiny utility lights we keep around the house.
We are big fans of USB-C technology. That's why Paleblue batteries are now being manufactured to the standard. USB-C makes charging our batteries more convenient than ever and in the modern world with so much to do every day, convenience definitely matters more than ever..