When you tinker in electronics you need a voltage source. You can get a proper voltage source, but these tend to be expensive, often I would just tinker with a split USB cable and a random phone charger to get 5V.USB-C power bricks should be able to deliver different voltages, and this is where the PDTricker Fast Charge Deception Tool from MuseLab becomes interesting. It’s a small circuit than tricks a USB-C power supply to provide various voltages: 5,9,12,15 and 20V.
You can select which voltage by pressing the unique button. In theory the power adapter should provide all voltages, but we don’t live in theory. So I tried out various power-supplies with a USB-C connector.
|Apple A1435 Magsafe 2 60 W + adapter||✅||✅||✅||⛔||⛔|
|Apple A2166 96W||✅||✅||⛔||✅||✅|
|Apple A1693 0.6A||✅||✅||⛔||⛔||⛔|
|Fake Apple A1719 87W||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Raspberry Pi KSA-15E-051300HE||✅||⛔||⛔||⛔||⛔|
|Apple A1540 29W||✅||⛔||⛔||✅||⛔|
As I was trying to find the product identifiers of these various adapters, I noticed that the supported voltages are often written on the device, in extremely small letters. The Raspberry Pi adapter, despite its USB-C connector is basically a classic USB power supply with no support for USB-Power Delivery control. The fact that the only power adapter was a fake was a surprise, so was the fact that the cheap Magsafe-2 to USB-C was actually capable of multiple voltages.
In the end, the fake Apple supply will serve for my tinkering, the fact that this table is needed confirms my idea that USB-C can be very confusing.