What's the difference between the lightning 3 data cable and the type-C data cable with the same appearance?

Nowadays, there are more and more kinds of data cables for mobile phones and computers. USB 2.0, USB 3.0, type-C, lightning 3 and other interfaces emerge in endlessly. Most of the time, we don't know what their respective functions are. As long as they can be inserted, they will be used confusedly. But when you find that the file transfer speed is very slow, charging is also very slow, it is very likely that you do not choose the right data cable correctly.



To understand the function of these data cables, we must first understand their naming standards.

In our computer interface, there are usually some black-and-white or blue USB interfaces. Usually we call the black-and-white USB 2.0 interface, and the blue USB 3.0 interface. As the upgrade of USB 2.0, the transmission speed of USB 3.0 is obviously better than that of USB 2.0.

However, in the latest naming standard released by Intel, USB 3.0 is renamed as USB 3.1 Gen 1, and USB 3.1 is renamed as USB 3.1 Gen 2. Although it looks more complicated, there are signs on the latest laptop interfaces, so you can pay attention to them when you buy a computer.

Lightning interface and USB interface adopt two different protocols, but they are initiated by Intel. The promotion of lightning interface in the market is closely related to apple. The latest MacBook Pro is equipped with lightning 3 interface, and the obvious "lightning" symbol can be seen near some notebook computer interfaces.


What's the difference between lightning 3 and type-C?

In terms of interface appearance, many people easily confuse lightning 3 interface with type-C interface, and even some people think that tpye-c is lightning 3, which is obviously wrong. When you buy a data cable online, you can find that [D3], which also supports the type-C interface, costs between a few yuan and a few hundred yuan. Why is the difference so big?

The answer is simple, because they have different functions.

In terms of transmission speed, charging speed and other functions, they all have their own division of labor. To some extent, type-C is a data interface attached to lightning protocol. Lightning 3 can fully realize most of the functions of type-C, and is better than type-C in function performance.

Faster transmission

Support lightning 3 protocol data cable, transmission speed up to 5g / s, complete a super clear video transmission only a few seconds! When the boss and the client urge you to deliver the documents, you don't have to wait any longer. It can be finished immediately.


Charging speed is advancing by leaps and bounds

Not only the speed of file transfer, but also the charging speed. On the premise that the mobile phone / computer supports PD protocol, it can provide up to 100W charging power. Take the PD 100W charging technology of Xiaomi mobile phone as an example, it only takes 17 minutes to fill a 4000mAh mobile phone!

In addition, the external function of lightning 3 interface data cable is also very powerful. Lvlian's lightning 3 interface data cable supports up to 5K / 60Hz display devices, and achieves complete audio and video synchronization without delay. If synchronization of one device is not enough, it also supports multi screen expansion.

How to choose

Although lightning 3 data cable is very good in all aspects, the following points should be paid attention to when selecting which data cable:

Whether the device supports PD fast charging protocol, 40Gbps transmission speed, 5K / 60Hz resolution playback, etc. If all of them are supported, lightning 3 data cable can bring you faster transmission, charging speed and clearer visual experience; If none of them are supported, you can buy a common type-C cable.


It should be noted that if you choose the lightning 3 data cable, you must choose the data cable certified by Intel, otherwise, there will be adverse reactions such as data loss and hot charging equipment.

After reading these, do you know what kind of data cable you need?