For the first time in the world, the legislator specified the standard connection that should be used for electronic devices in the future. On Tuesday, European Union member states and members of the European Parliament agreed on USB-C as the standard charging socket. The agreement should only be formally decided.
When will USB-C become the standard in the European Union?
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It is expected that from the summer or fall of 2024, some electronic devices will only be sold with a USB-C connection in the European Union. With this component, it does not matter how it is connected, and it is already installed in many devices today. Margrethe Vestager, Vice-President of the Commission in charge of digital affairs, said in a press release issued by the European Commission in September last year: “We’ve given the industry plenty of time to find their own solutions, and now is the time to take legislative action on a common charger.”
A transition period of 24 months applies from the date of adoption of the new legislation for 40-month laptops. This should give the industry enough time to adapt.
What devices will be equipped with USB-C sockets?
In the future, regardless of the manufacturer, devices that can all be charged with the same charging cable will include small and medium-sized electronic devices. It should be large enough for the corresponding connection.
This includes mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, portable game consoles, headphones, portable speakers, navigation systems, computer mice, keyboards, laptops, and e-readers.
Why will there be standard charging cables in the future?
About 420 million mobile phones and other portable devices were sold in the European Union in 2020. 38 percent of buyer They said that on at least one occasion they had a problem charging their cell phones due to incompatible chargers.
now owns every consumer An average of three chargers, two of which I use regularly.
“European consumers have always been frustrated with the accumulation of incompatible chargers in their drawers,” Vestager said in the statement. In the future, the normal case should be that different devices can be charged with the same cable.
Among other things, the law aims to make products in the European Union more sustainable, reduce electronic waste and facilitate the use of various devices.
Standardization aims to reduce e-waste by around 1,000 tons per year. The European Union wants to reduce the environmental footprint related to the production and disposal of chargers and support a green and digital transformation.
Together with other measures can consumer Save about 250 million euros, the European Commission wrote in an information brochure.
What will change when buying in the future?
In the future, there should be a choice as to whether you want to buy a new device with or without a charging adapter.
However, the cable that came with it is always included, because it is also responsible for transmitting data, for example, and is a component that often breaks.
Why was there no consolidation sooner?
The European Union Commission launched a similar initiative more than ten years agoAfter users of iPhones and other mobile phones complained about the need for different charging cables and the so-called clutter of cables associated with them.
Previously, companies failed to find a standardized solution for charging sockets for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets or cameras.
Criticism of the new EU standard
There is criticism from the industry association Bitkom, among others. He talks about thwarting innovations. In addition, the new regulation goes against “the important principle of openness to technology,” Bitkom CEO Bernhard Rohleder said, according to Tagesschau.
After the news information Apple has also criticized EU plans in the past He cautioned against jeopardizing innovations as well as creating, not reducing, e-waste.
Wireless charging demand as standard
“The European Commission must take measures that lead to a wireless charging standard,” Anna Cavazzini (Greenz) told dpa.
Terry Britton emphasizes that the standards adopted now can be adapted in the future, depending on technological developments. (with dpa)