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HP PCs, Tablets and Accessories - Using USB Type-C to Transfer Power and Data

What is USB Type-C?

USB Type-C is a smaller, reversible USB connector that can transmit data, video, audio, and data (USB 3.1) as well as provide charging power to many devices (USB power delivery or PD).
USB Type-C video modes (Alternate mode): USB Type-C ports support adapters that can output different types of video such as HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort, all from one USB Type-C port on your computer or device.
USB Type-C power delivery (USB PD): USB Type-C power delivery is bi-directional, so a device can either send or receive power. This power can be transferred at the same time the device is transmitting data across the connection.
For more information about USB Type-C, see USB Type-C Cable and Connector Specification (in English).

Power delivery implementation on 2015 or newer HP commercial notebooks and adapters

USB Type-C power delivery allows HP computers to deliver a higher current output at different output voltages. The power delivery output and voltage will vary based on the capabilities of the computer or device.

Hosts or computers

  • 2015 or newer HP commercial notebooks deliver 5V of output voltage.
  • Some computers support delivering a maximum current of 1.5A or 3A, but do not support 5A.
  • Some 2015 or newer HP commercial notebooks can draw power from an external device such as an AC adapter, at different input voltages such as 5V, 9V, 10V, 12V, 15V, and 20V voltages. Not all voltages are supported on all models.
  • The computer adjusts the output capability based on system power conditions. For example, an HP Elitebook provides power at 5V@3A. In addition, the computer can change the output power to 5V@1.5A or 5V@900mA in certain conditions.

Accessories (dongles, adapters, and docks)

Current HP USB Type-C AC adapters are designed to support specific voltages. Any dongle, adapter, dock, or accessory that supports HP USB Type-C AC adapters will allow or reject power output based on the capabilities of the computer.
See the following table for additional information.
Adapter
Power output
10W adapter
5V@2A
15W adapter
15V@3A
45W adapter (HP 45W USB-C Power Adapter)
5V/2A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A
45W adapter (HP 45W LC USB-C Power Adapter)
5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
45W adapter (HP 45W G2 USB-C Power Adapter)
5V/3A, 9V/3A, 10V/4.5A, 12V/3.25A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
65W adapter
5V/3A, 9V/3A, 10V/5A, 12V/5A, 15V/4.33A, 20V/3.25A
90W adapter
5V/3A, 9V/3A, 10V/5A, 12V/5A, 15V/5A, 20V/4.5A
note:
To ensure maximum compatibility and performance, HP recommends using an HP branded USB Type-C power adapter and cable.

Features and compatibilities of USB-C adapters

For specific details about USB Type-C capabilities, see the QuickSpecs for your business PC, workstation, detachable, convertible, phone, or tablet at QuickSpecs webpage.
For Pavilion x2, x360, Spectre, ENVY, and OMEN series computers, see the product specifications for your model.
The following list shows device capabilities and specifications.
Accessory
Description/Features
Power Role(s)
Equipment Description
HP USB-C to USB 3.0 Adapter
HP USB-C to USB 3.0 Adapter with Type-A receptacle
Consumer
BC 1.2 compliant
HP USB-C to VGA Adapter
VGA
Consumer
Alternate Mode is DisplayPort
HP USB-C to HDMI Adapter
HDMI
Consumer
Alternate Mode is DisplayPort
HP USB-C to Display Port Adapter
Display Port
Consumer
Alternate Mode is DisplayPort
HP USB-C to RJ45/USB 3/USB-C Adapter
HP USB-C to USB 3.0 + RJ-45 + USB Type C Adapter
Consumer/Provider
BC 1.2 compliant
HP USB-C™ to USB 3.0mm and 4.5mm Adapter
3.5mm and 4.5mm barrel connectors
Provider
Interface for legacy ac adapters
HP USB Type-C to RJ45 Adapter
RJ-45
Consumer
Network adapter
note:
For specific details about compatible USB Type-C accessories, see the QuickSpecs for your business PC, workstation, detachable, convertible, phone, or tablet at QuickSpecs webpage.

USB-C docks and hubs

Use the following documents to find compatible USB-C docks and hubs for your notebook, along with the supported functions, power input and output, and other specifications.
note:
For specific details about compatible USB Type-C accessories, see the QuickSpecs for your business PC, workstation, detachable, convertible, phone, or tablet at QuickSpecs webpage.

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