Saturday, October 1, 2022

EU to require common standard for universal phone charger

LONDON ( Associated Press) — No more rummaging through the drawer. Soon, Europeans will need a single cable to charge all their phones and other electronic devices.

European Union authorities on Tuesday agreed new rules for a universal charger for cellphones and other gadgets in the 27-nation bloc. It is part of a broader campaign to make products sold in the EU more sustainable and reduce e-waste.

Under the new rules, which will take effect from October 2024, consumers in the EU will only need a USB Type-C cable to recharge small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.

“European consumers were fed up with chargers piling up in their homes,” Alex Agius Saliba, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator, told a news conference in Brussels. “Now they will be able to go with a single charger for all their portable electronics, which is an important step in increasing convenience.”

Devices include cell phones, tablets, e-books, digital cameras, earphones and headphones, handheld game consoles, keyboards and mice, portable speakers, and navigation devices.

It also includes laptops, but manufacturers will have more time to adapt to the rules.

The rules apply only to appliances sold in the 30 countries of the single European market. But, like the EU’s strict privacy rules, they could become the de facto standard for the rest of the world.

Many manufacturers have already built USB-C plugs into their gadgets, but Apple is resisting.

Apple, which did not respond to a request for comment, has raised concerns that the rules limit innovation and harm consumers. iPhones come with a Lightning charging port, though newer models include cables that can be plugged into a USB-C.

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