The European Union will require all mobile devices to have a USB-C charging port: NPR

The European Union aims to make multiple chargers a thing of the past for the bloc.

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The European Union aims to make multiple chargers a thing of the past for the bloc.

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Those in the European Union won’t have to spend much more time looking for a charger.

Mobile phones and portable electronic devices in the European Union will now have to have a USB-C charging port, according to an agreement reached on Tuesday by the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU.

From 2024, tablets, digital cameras, video game consoles, headphones, portable speakers, e-readers, portable navigation systems, keyboards, mice and headphones will have to be equipped with the port.

Laptop manufacturers have until 2026 to implement the universal charging port in their products.

“No more packs of different chargers in our drawers,” Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president of A Europe fit for the digital age, said in a statement.

“A common charger is a real advantage for us as consumers.”

The EU hopes a universal charger will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and avoid waste, while eliminating the cost of buying multiple chargers for different devices.

“The agreement we reached this morning will bring around €250 million in annual savings to consumers,” Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Union’s internal market, said in a statement.

Unused or discarded chargers contribute about 11,000 tons of electronic waste each year, according to the commission.

The universal charging requirement could impact big tech companies like Apple, which has a unique “Lightning” connector for iPhones, iPads and other mobile products.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but the company has already spoken out against the move.

“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating a single type of connector is stifling innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will hurt consumers in Europe and globally,” said a gatekeeper. word of the company in a press release last September.

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