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07.06.2022
The decision was made - USB-C for everyone

At the end of April, the European Union made another attempt to standardize chargers. Now the decision has been made and manufacturers have until fall 2024 to adjust.

From the press release of the European Parliament that has just been published, it can be read that an agreement has been concluded today between the EU members, the Parliament and the Council. From now on, one charger is to be used to charge all electronic devices - not only smartphones, but also tablets, e-readers, portable consoles, headphones and more. The act is to even affect laptops - in this case, however, manufacturers will have not 24, but 40 months to adapt.

Another element of the regulation is the option of attachable chargers. When buying a phone, we usually get a charger in the set, even if we do not need another one - after all, chargers do not go out of fashion as quickly as smartphones. Some manufacturers prefer to sell phones without chargers, but many users don't like that either. The EU regulation is to leave this decision to the buyers - the charger will be given to those who actually want it.

Smartphone manufacturers have been rather unanimous on the USB-C issue for years ... the only exception was the iPhone series with a Lightning port. Apple complained about the idea of moving to USB-C, saying that forcing users to abandon Lightning chargers would be harmful to the environment... but according to EU calculations, the profit from unifying chargers will significantly exceed any losses. The new regulations are to cause that consumers will save up to EUR 250 million a year. The environment will also benefit from fewer chargers - abandoned and unused chargers account for about 11,000 tons of electro-waste per year.

It seems that even Apple is ready for a change - in 2023 we can expect an iPhone with USB-C.

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By:
Monika Krasicka-Kulińska

By:
Maciej Gorczycki



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