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The EU will impose USB-C for smartphone charging

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Under the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charging device and cable each time they purchase a new device, and will be able to use one charger for all of their small and medium sizeexplained the European Parliament in a press release.

By fall 2024, mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earphones and headsets, digital cameras, portable video game consoles and portable speakers, if rechargeable by means of a wired cable, must be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturerhe says.

Laptops will be subject to the same single charger requirement within 40 months of the entry into force of the texti.e. by 2026.

The regulations also provide for the charging speed to be harmonized for devices authorizing fast charging, to prevent it from being restricted when used with a device of a different brand.

According to the European Commission, this motion would allow consumers to save at least 250 million euros (approximately 335 million Canadian dollars) annually in the purchase of chargers. It also predicts that waste from unused magazines, estimated at 11,000 tons per year, could be reduced by almost 1,000 tons.

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This idea had been launched as early as 2009 by the European Commission, but had so far met with strong reluctance from the industry, although the number of types of existing chargers had greatly reduced over the years.

From about thirty in 2009, they have gone to three: the Micro USB connector, which the majority of telephones have long been equipped with, USB-C, a more recent connection, and Lightning, used by Apple, which had expressed its fierce opposition to the standardization project, considering that it would stifle innovation.

Consumer associations, while welcoming the EU project, had for their part regretted that it does not concern wireless charging systems, which are in full swing.

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