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    European Commission proposal to make USB-C port mandatory and remove charger from smart devices
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    According to the latest press release of the European Commission on September 23 of this year (October 1, 1400), the law on standardization of charging consumer devices has been officially introduced. The commission also plans to "synchronize" fast-charging technology based on a specific standard and separate the process of selling chargers from electronic devices. The plan will apply in Europe to all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and game consoles. Of course, the European Commission's proposal currently only applies to wired chargers, and manufacturers of wireless chargers can continue to operate as before.

     European Commission proposal to make USB-C port mandatory and remove charger from smart devices

    The European Commission as the executive arm of the European Union in this statement formally outlined the following four With consumer devices named:

    The synchronized charging port will be for USB-C electronic devices.

    In synchronized fast charging technology, the activities of various manufacturers that unjustifiably Charging speeds are limited, prevented, and the same charging speed is guaranteed when using any compatible charger.

    Charger sales will be separated from electronic devices. According to the Commission, consumers in the EU have an average of three chargers, of which only two are used.

    Information provided to consumers will also be improved in this way, as manufacturers must provide the user with sufficient information about the standard of their chargers, charging speed and device support for fast charging.

    The bill was launched after a vote in the European Parliament in January 2020, when lawmakers voted to pass new charger laws. This is despite the fact that since 2016, the amount of e-waste generated in the region has reached about 12.3 million tons.

    On the other hand, efforts have been made to attract smartphone manufacturers to use the same charging standard in the European Union. It dates back to 2009. At that time, Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Nokia signed a voluntary agreement to use a common charging standard. In the years that followed, the Micro USB port was increasingly used, and more recently USB-C as the standard charging port. However, despite reducing the number of charging standards from more than 30 to three (Micro USB, USB-C and Lightning), European lawmakers are not happy with the results of the companies' voluntary approach. At that time, while other companies were gradually using only the Micro USB port, Apple was noticed for not using the Micro USB port in its phones and offering a 30-pin adapter. European Commission proposal to make USB-C port mandatory and remove charger from smart devices

    The European Commission has pointed out that European consumers 2.4 billion is spent annually on stand-alone chargers. It is estimated that 11,000 tons of e-waste is generated annually by disposing of chargers. The European legislature hopes the proposed law could save potentially 250 million a year to buy unnecessary chargers. "Chargers feed our most essential electronics," said Thierry Breton, commissioner for action at the European Commission. Now, with the growing number of these devices, more chargers are being sold that are not replaceable or necessary. We are looking to end this situation. With our plan, European consumers will be able to use one charger for all their portable electronics. "This is an important step to increase ease of use and reduce waste." They are tired in their desk drawer. "We have given the industry a lot of opportunities to offer solutions, and now it is time to take legal action to provide a usable charger for all devices." Is. This is because many Chinese smartphone manufacturers use different fast charging standards to compete with each other, but most of them support USB-C Power Delivery fast charging technology. This makes it necessary to provide information about the fast charge and the actual charge speed expected at the time of consumption.

    Although Apple continues to use Lightning, the company claims that in recent years it has worked hard to reduce the charger's electronic waste. As of last year, it has discontinued charging and charging interfaces with new iPhones, providing consumers with just a Lightning to USB-C converter cable. However, Apple's move was not well received, with some arguing that it contributed more to Apple's profitability than the environment.

     European Commission proposal to make USB-C port mandatory and remove charger from smart devices

    While European legislators are mainly focused on wired chargers, wireless charging technology is rapidly gaining popularity. It is a smartphone and is developed according to standards such as Qi. There are even rumors that Apple will be able to launch the iPhone without the Lightning port and with full reliance on wireless technology.

    The proposed law is still awaiting formal approval in the legislative process and will be approved by Parliament and the Council of the European Union. After these steps and if approved by these institutions, a 24-month transition period will be considered for producers to harmonize their production and distribution process with the new EU laws.

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