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The only charger in the EU, about to arrive: the European Commission will propose the legislation with 2024 as the date for manufacturers

At the beginning of 2020 the European Commission tested the idea and finally came forward with 582-40 votes in favor. The single charger sooner or later it was going to be a reality in the European Union. Now the European Commission is about to propose legislation for it.


According to Reuters, this coming Thursday the European Commission will propose the legislation for the single charger in the European Union market. If all goes as estimated, heThe proposal will be adopted next year and the member countries will have one year to transpose it. to national legislation.

Once the legislation is national in each member country, manufacturers will have another extra year to implement it. Definitely, we will see the new law come true probably in mid-2024, when manufacturers have to launch their new phones and other devices with a single standard.

A single charging point and goodbye to the charger in the box

The idea behind this legislation is to achieve a single standard that allows consumers to use universal chargers regardless of the brand, as well as the same charger in new generations of products. With this it is sought reduce the environmental and economic impact of having multiple different chargers. According to the European Commission, that 30 different standards in 2009 we have gone to 3 today, but it can still be reduced further.

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The law is focused on smartphones, tablets, headphones, cameras and speakers. Devices such as electronic readers or wireless chargers are in principle going to be spared from complying with this law.

An important point to keep in mind is that looking for a single standard for the device port and not for the charger itself. Of course, chargers are not completely free either, manufacturers will have to stop selling a new charger with each smartphone, instead they will have to offer consumers the possibility of using an old one. This is something that some manufacturers already do, such as Apple, which only offers the cable in the box of the new iPhone.

USB-C is the worst standard ever because it is anything but standard

Speaking of Apple is really the main opponent of this new legislation of the European Commission. The three ports currently dominating the market are USB-C, microUSB, and Apple Lighting. While most manufacturers have already switched to USB-C from the microUSB, Apple is the only one that continues to maintain an exclusive port and requires the brand’s own chargers and cables. They claimed in 2020 that this law “stifles innovation,” with an extensive 92-page study by an economic analysis firm. And paid for by Apple.

Via | Reuters and Politico