The EU ends the headache of chargers: they will all be equal

Brussel·lesPut an end to the headache of chargers and drawers full of tangled cables. The European Parliament has given the final green light – with 602 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions – to the European Union regulations that will oblige all USB ports on, for example, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras or headphones, be the same: type C. That is, what is already the standard connector of most Android electronic devices, such as Samsung, Huawei or Xiaomi. Apple will also have to adapt, which by now uses another USB input and which has put a lot of pressure, precisely, so that the EU legislators do not go ahead with this initiative.

Beyond making the lives of Europeans more practical, the main objective of the new law is to reduce electronic waste in the European Union. According to Brussels, between 11,000 and 13,000 tons are generated each year, a figure that is estimated to increase because loaders are getting heavier. On the other hand, the measure also wants to protect the consumer, who will no longer be forced to buy new USB connectors when purchasing an electronic device from another brand. “This measure will allow the eradication of technology lockby which the consumer becomes captive to a specific manufacturer when he has already bought one of his devices,” says the statement of the Eurochamber. In addition, companies will also not be able to force the purchase of a device and a charger together In this way, it is estimated that EU citizens will be able to save nearly 250 million euros in unnecessary charging solutions.

Laptops, 18 more months of margin

The regulations are expected to come into effect in 2024, but laptops will have an additional 18 months to give the industry more room to adapt. Devices too small for this USB port, such as smart watches and other sports devices, are excluded.


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