EU passes law to use same charger for all smartphones by 2024


By MYBRANDBOOK


EU passes law to use same charger for all smartphones by 2024

The European Parliament has approved the new rule that will introduce a single standard charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras by 2024, a move that is expected to affect iPhone maker Apple, whose iPhones use a different power connector.

 

It mandates smartphone, laptop and camera manufacturing companies to adopt a standard charger, at least in Europe. The rule also covers e-readers and earbuds. USB Type-C port will be standardised for portable devices and will offer high-quality charging and data transfers.

 

As per the new law, in the first phase, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. By the end of the year 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the Eruopean Union will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port, as per the new law. Then from spring 2026, the rule will be extended to laptops.

 

The implementation of this law will also get rid of the so-called technological "lock-in" effect. Under this effect, a consumer becomes dependent on a single manufacturer. However, with the law in place, buyers will be able to make a much more informed choice about whether or not to buy a new charging device with a new product.

 

The implementation of the law looks to ensure more reuse of chargers and will help consumers save up to €250 million a year on unnecessary purchases of new chargers. Moreover, it will help out in reducing 11,000 tonnes of e-waste in the EU annually.

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