I have been using the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 over the past few weeks, and the lack of Type-C charging is really annoying. Even though Microsoft is slowly embracing Type-C with products like Surface Go and Surface Headphones, we are yet to see Type-C on its flagship products like the Pro and Laptop line.
And if you have been wanting to charge your Surface Laptop or Pro device with Type-C, you will now be able to do so. A new company by the new of J-Go Tech is selling a $19.99 cable that lets you charge the Surface Laptop or Pro device with Type-C. You can charge the devices using a battery pack or a direct wall charger — it essentially has a Surface Connect on one side, and Type-C on the other.
J-Go Tech says the cable charges at 15V, and it should work with most USB Type-C Power Delivery devices. The minimum output required for the cable to work with the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop is 36W, but the recommended output is 60W. The folks at The Verge tested the cable and they were able to charge the Pro and Laptop with a wall charger as well as a battery pack. The cable is only for charging, though, so you won’t be able to use it for data transfer at all.
Even though the cable sounds like a very good product, it’s exactly what Microsoft didn’t want to happen with Type-C on Surface. The company previously said that one of the main reasons it’s avoiding using Type-C on its devices was to prevent third-party products causing compatibility issues and affecting the end-user experience. And that’s exactly what’s happening with this $20 cable.