USB Type-C has become the most common port in today’s gadgets, but other manufacturers are still using other standards like Apple and their Lightning port. However, the European Union has now agreed to establish USB-C as its common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, cameras, and other devices by autumn of 2024.
The agreement on the EU’s amended Radio Equipment Directive will establish USB-C as its single charging solution for electronic devices. The law is in an effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, reduce electronic waste, and make it easier for the lives of consumers.
The law will require small and medium-sized electronic devices to support USB-C charging for consumers to use a single cable. Devices that will now be required to use USB-C include mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, keyboards, mice, digital cameras, headphones/headsets, handheld videogame consoles, portable navigation devices, and portable speakers. Laptops will also need to adapt to the new ruling by 40 months after the law is effective.
“Today we have made the common charger a reality in Europe! European consumers were frustrated long with multiple chargers piling up with every new device. Now they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics….” – Alex Agius Saliba, European Parliament’s Rapporteur
Other aspects of the law include having the charging speed harmonized for devices that support fast charging. This would allow users to charge their devices at the same speed with any compatible charger.
Consumers will also be provided with clear information on the charging characteristics of new devices. Most importantly, other than having USB-C as standard, customers can now choose whether to have a charger included or not when purchasing a new electronic device to help cut down on electronic waste.