New push for universal phone chargers across the EU

European Union Wants All Smartphones To Have A Standard Charging Port

Apart from making it easier for consumers to use their smartphones, the European Union believes that this will prove beneficial to the environment - some estimates suggest that old chargers generate over 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year - a problem that might be fixed if chargers were standardised and interoperable with any smartphone.

Earlier this week, members of the European Parliament held a hearing about efforts to "harmonize" charging systems across the electronics industry.

The EU Parliament has now issued a call for a "common charger" to fit all "mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices". That means your next iPhone will probably use USB-C or wireless charging and not a Lightning port.

We saw Xiaomi ship its entry-level Redmi 8A with a USB Type-C port in 2019. Our thoughts tend to fall on the side of Apple switching to USB Type-C (universal charging) at some point next year and then moving to exclusively wireless charging a few years after that. Technically, micro-USB would be an option as well, though many Android devices have adopted USB-C.

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MEPs have amended a draft law to stipulate that the ability to work with common chargers will be an essential requirement for radio equipment. Besides, you'll still need those cables to charge and connect the Apple devices that already use them.

Clearly, this is in a position to perchance well goal now no longer fully fix the damage distress; goal because a charger and/or cable is effectively matched with a phone or other portable tool doesn't imply it'll bear the most up-to-date charging same old or speeds that you select. With the Type-C port, Apple would be rendering the old Lightning cables useless.

As per reports, European lawmakers have demanded that there be a common charging port for each of the smartphone available in the market.

There have been many great offers for wireless chargers from Anker lately, but there is another mobile accessory brand that makes high-quality wireless chargers for much less than large companies such as Belkin and Mophie. New charging solutions, including wireless charging, continue to be developed as tech giants including Apple argued that the European Union was blocking innovation.

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