Europe to Require Standard Chargers for mobile phones

Europe to Require Standard Chargers for mobile phones

All phones sold in the EU are to use a single type of charger by 2017. Members of the European Parliament have voted in favor of a law to make all mobile phones sold in the EU use the same type of charger. The draft law is aimed at reducing waste, costs and hassle for users.

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“This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment,” said MEP Barbara Weiler in a statement. “It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually.”

Admittedly, such law would have a bigger impact a few years ago. Most manufacturers have already moved to the micro USB standard anyway. The only notable exception is Apple.

The picture above shows part of a collection of charges some of us have accumulated over the years. In case you are wondering what that thing on the left is, it is from HP iPAQ H1930 PDA.

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  • John April 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This will make things easier.