EU will force one standard for chargers
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the standardization of smartphone chargers sold in the European Union. The European Commission is to adopt the appropriate implementing acts this summer.
In the Radio Equipment Directive adopted in 2014, the European Union has made efforts to standardize the devices that charge mobile phones. Partial success has been achieved – of the more than 13 standards used for charging connectors then only three are left today: micro USB, USB C and Lightning. However, while last time the EU went the way of encouraging producers to decide to switch to standard solutions, now changes are to be mandatory.
The European Parliament has recognized that the main problem to be solved is a gigantic excess of chargers – not just the cables, but the actual power supplies – so the new law is intended to harmonize the charging standard not only from the connectors, but also the current parameters and communication between the power supply and the device. There are also plans to prohibit adding power adapters to new phones to force customers to use existing chargers.
The Union also bent over wireless charging, in a resolution adopted recommending that the European Commission take steps to ensure the widest compatibility of devices using this technology.
During consultations and discussions before adopting the resolution, Apple strongly opposed it. The company argued that enforcing one standard will reduce innovation, and the need for Apple smartphone users to replace cables and accessories with a Lightning connector for new ones will result in the creation of a large amount of electronic waste. | allthingsblogging.com