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

The European Union wants to make multiple chargers for the block a thing of the past.

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The European Union wants to make multiple chargers for the block a thing of the past.

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

Under an agreement reached on Tuesday by the European Commission, the EU’s executive, mobile phones and portable electronic devices in the European Union must now have a USB-C charging port.

Beginning in 2024, tablets, digital cameras, video game consoles, headphones, portable speakers, e-readers, portable navigation systems, keyboards, mice, and earphones must be equipped with the port.

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

“No more bundles of different chargers in our drawers,” Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president of A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said in a statement.

“One common charger is a big advantage for us as consumers.”

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

“The deal we signed this morning will bring consumers around €250 million in annual savings,” Thierry Breton, the bloc’s EU internal market commissioner, said in a statement.

According to the commission, chargers that are unused or thrown away contribute to about 11,000 tons of e-waste per year.

The universal charging requirement could affect major tech companies such as Apple, which has a unique “Lightning” connector for iPhones, iPads and other mobile products.

Apple has not immediately responded to a request for comment, but the company has previously spoken out against the move.

“We remain concerned that strict regulations requiring only one type of connector are stifling rather than encouraging innovation, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. last September.

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