The 8 Best USB-C Adapters to Buy in 2018

Make sure you can hook up all of your important devices

As the new standard in the USB game, USB-C is still making its mark even as it replaces early previous generation USB hardware. Fortunately, not only is USB-C extremely versatile, its reversible port design is ready to tackle everything from video output to data transfers. Even so, not every manufacturer has jumped aboard the USB-C train, but it pays to be ready to continue to connect all of your devices with our handy list of the best USB-C adapters available today.

For a straightforward solution to connect a USB-C device to a compatible USB-A device, the Anker USB-C cable works like a charm. Its works with Anker’s Fast Sync technology and supports SuperSpeed data transfers up to five gbps. That's quick enough for an HD movie to be transferred in under five seconds, given optimal performance. The reversible design allows any user to plug the cable in the right way each and every time with no fussing for a connection. The cable has been tested for durability and is designed specifically to outlast competitors, thanks to the increased tensile strength and reinforced connectors.

Available in both black and white, Cable Matters 72W 4-Port USB-C Power Adapter offers inputs for simultaneously charging everything from laptops to smartphones to digital cameras. The dedicated 60W USB-C charging port adds more enough power to fully support any of Apple’s 2016 and later MacBook and MacBook Pro models, as well as laptops from Lenovo and Razer. Beyond USB-C connectivity, the Cable Matters includes three additional USB-A ports delivering enough power for quick charging smartphones and tablets across the aisle between Android and iOS. The 12W of total power delivers a shared 5V/2.4A via three ports. Overheating and overcharging are prevented built-in intelligent measures, so you don't have to worry about putting any of your devices at risk. Utilizing USB-C, the Cable Matters supports fast charging for Apple electronics via a separately purchased USB-C to lightning cable adapter.

USB-C might be all the rage, but HDMI is still favored by millions, making the Choetech USB-C to HDMI adapter a must own for video gamers and streamers. Available in both black and gray, the USB-C to HDMI adapter is a perfect solution for quickly connecting HDMI enabled devices to any hardware that requires USB-C input. Offering 4K UHD resolution at 60Hz refresh rates, the Choetech maintains a clear and crisp image that doesn’t blur, distort or delay when in use. Manufactured out of premium strength materials, the Choetech is designed to last, while an 18-month warranty provides extra peace of mind for your purchase. Additionally, the Choetech has been tested and approved to work with products from Apple, Google, Samsung, Lenovo, HP and Dell without any extra software or attachments.

For a simple and straightforward USB-C to USB-A 3.0 connection, the Aukey USB-C adapter is a must-own, and with the budget-friendly price, you'll get not just one, but two adapters. Available in a slew of colors, the USB-A to USB-C connection enables data speeds up to five gbps for SuperSpeed data transfers and speeds that are roughly 10 times faster than USB 2.0 adapters.

Compatible with any USB-C ready device, the minimal design measures a pocket-friendly 1.3 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches in size and weighs just .2-ounces making it easy to stick in your jean pocket for later use. Aukey recommends that for maximum performance, the total power output shouldn’t exceed more than 900A. There's a 24-month warranty for easy hardware troubleshooting and replacement.

Basic as it gets, Amazon’s own line of USB-C to USB 3.1 adapters are a straightforward way to directly connect two devices. The adapter is compatible with USB-C ready devices, including Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup, as well as Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note8 smartphones. The AmazonBasics adapter allows for quick data transfer speeds and supports a connection up to five gbps between any USB-C and USB-A hardware.

Beyond data transfer, the AmazonBasics cable supports charging USB-C enabled devices with up to three amps of power output and fast charging for any supported devices. Measuring only 2.56 inches in length, the AmazonBasics cable is a pocket-friendly solution, but can also be easily tucked away in a backpack or purse.

Sometimes you need more than one port for all of your devices and that’s where HooToo’s USB-C Hub comes into the picture. Compatible with Apple, Google and other USB-C enabled electronics, the HooToo hub offers support for USB-C 3.1 charging, but also provides three additional USB 3.0 ports for the rest of your electronics. Available in a multitude of colors, the HooToo adds an HDMI port, plus an SD card reader for good measure, making it a standout all-in-one adapter.

Streaming 4K and 1080p video programming is a snap, with HDMI input connecting directly to an HDTV or monitor. The aluminum alloy hardware offers sharp looks and a reinforced design that can easily stand up to everyday use. It measures 3.1 x 6.3 x 2.2 inches and weighs only 2.4 ounces.

While cloud computing might get all the love these days, the Unitek USB-C Card Reader is a great choice for those of you still heavily reliant on compact flash memory cards. Compatible with SanDisk’s Ultra, full-sized SD, and microSD memory cards, the Unitek supports data transfer speeds up to five gbps over USB 3.0, as well as any size memory card up to 2TB. Let there be no mistake, there’s a connection and card support for just about every device you can think of tucked away inside this 2.44 x 2.24 x .59-inch card reader.

Transferring data is a cinch, as the Unitek can support up to two memory cards simultaneously moving data between any microSD or full-size SD to a compact flash card. When in use, the LED lights on the Unitek’s hardware provide instant awareness of a connection and there are no external drivers required to run on either Apple or Windows hardware.

A DisplayPort USB-C adapter might not be first on everyone’s holiday shopping list, but if you do need it, Cable Matters offers a wallet-friendly option that’s excellent. Measuring six feet for extra-long reach, the USB-C to DisplayPort adds 4K playback at 60Hz, which makes it ideal for connecting directly to a monitor. For even more video playback, Cable Matters adds Multi-Stream (MST) support for daisy chaining multiple monitors while also adding 7.1 multi-channel surround sound audio for a complete video playback experience.

Compatible with a slew of Dell, Apple, Razer, Alienware, Chromebook, Samsung and other manufacturers, Cable Matters promotes deep colors and sharp images for a fantastic picture result. Additionally, computers and electronic devices that utilize Thunderbolt 3 input can double as supported hardware for the adapter, bringing DisplayPort to an even larger group of devices without spending anything extra.

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