What is the difference between a USB charger and a USB for data transfer?

ABL manufactures a wide range of power modules with varieties of configurations that may include USB charging ports and/or an IMP system (Interchangeable Multimedia Plates) with a choice of USB couplers for data transfer.

At first glance, USB chargers and USBs for data transfer might look like the same thing and can be easily mistaken. Both feature excellent configurations, but they are not the same.

USB charging port

Dual USB A+C fast charger available in our IN, UNDER and ON desk power modules allows you to charge your device safely since all our USB chargers only provide the optimum supply needed. With the latest phones, for a low 20% battery boost, all that is needed is a quick 10-minute charge.

The ABL’s USB PD & QC Power Modules allow you to add USB Power Delivery and Qualcomm Quick Charge technology to your office desk such that it is easily accessible. Our USB chargers support multiple AC power ports as well as USB PD 3.0 & Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 through a USB Type-C port. ABL’s fast charger provides type A and type C charging ports. Providing both socket types in the fast charger means all types of devices, old and new, are catered for and your installations are future-proofed.


Level In desk Power module    ABL Level-C Type F socket    Level In desk Power module


ABL’s USB fast charger is designed to meet the user’s needs, allowing fast charging on smartphones and power tablets, and smaller notebook PCs. Once the device is fully charged (100%), this technology will stop power from transferring to your device. Therefore, your devices are protected as chances of overheating and draining the battery are reduced. The Illumination of the LED indicators on the USB chargers signalise if there is an issue, and it turns off in case there is a problem detected.


USB Type C:


5 Volts x 3 Amps = 15 Watts

9 Volts x 3 Amps = 27 Watts

12 Volts x 2.5 Amps = 30 Watts

15 Volts x 2 Amps = 30 Watts

20 Volts x 1.5 Amps = 30 Watts


3.6/6 Volts x 3 Amps = 18 Watts

6.2/9 Volts x 2 Amps = 18 Watts

9.2/12Volts x 1.5 Amps = 18 Watts


USB Type A: 5 Volts x 2.4 Amps = 12 Watts

If used at the same time USB A+C ports provide 35 Watts

USB power indicator:  Blue LED light illuminated


All ABL power modules have been tested and comply with British and European standards, therefore we are proud to say that charging your device via a USB or plug will both provide optimum charge safety.


USB for data transfer

Contrary to the USB charger, a USB for data transfer available as a media connection is part of our IMP system (coupler 3.0 or type C). This feature allows users to transfer data from one device to the other via USB flash memory or USB cable with the appropriate connector.

Your files from one device can be easily transferred to another one by simply connecting the PC, USB Hubs, and even printers or scanners to the USB coupler.


USB type C for data tranfser


It is good to know that USB for data transfer uses protocols that besides communication and data transfer allow certain charging power levels. A device that is connected to the USB for data transfer could be charged also. As an example, if connected to the USB Hub your phone can be charged too. However, the connected devices will dictate the charging power.

Finally, our IMP system allows plate change as your requirements change. And your USB coupler for data transfer can be changed with other media connections.


If you would like to introduce ABL’s power modules certified with BSI Kitemark to your clients, get in touch with our Area Sales Managers:


UK & Ireland: email sales@abl-uk.com or call on 01933 400080

EMEA Region: email sales@abl.co.rs or call on 00381 32 420 100

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