Universal charger : the european Parliament could tighten the screws to the manufacturers

Manufacturers of electronic products are not able to reach agreement on one charger for their devices sold in Europe, deplore the meps gathered in plenary session in Strasbourg. In 2009, major phone manufacturers have signed a memorandum of understanding with the european Commission to harmonise chargers for their devices.


This was to ensure interoperability between these devices and the devices they charge. An environmental necessity : “According to estimates, the old chargers generate more than 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year “, explains the order of the day.



A directive from 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the member states confirmed the commitment of the european Parliament to get one load. The european Commission has been case the exercise to pursue this objective, but this approach to “encourage “the industry to develop universal chargers has” not responded ” to the objective.


The voluntary agreements between the different actors of the sector have not yielded the desired results “, according to mps. Therefore, the european Parliament could tighten the screws : we are waiting for the outcome of the debate that takes place today Monday at the institution of Strasbourg. If the european Union had to be more firm on this load unique, this would not be the business of the industry.


In January of last year, Apple was preaching to his parish with the european Commission. “The regulations are designed to encourage the compliance on the type of connector built in to all smartphones to prevent innovation rather than encourage it , “explained the constructor in defense of the port Lightning on the iPhone, so that neither the Commission nor the european Parliament does not want a single connector on smartphones.


The USB charger-C supplied with the iPhone 11 Pro.

We want to ensure that any new legislation will not result in the addition of cables that are not needed, or connect to external “. This would result in ” unprecedented volumes of e-waste and incommoderait greatly users “, is concerned about Apple. Since 2009, Apple has been working with the rest of the industry to promote “a solution of charging common “that goes through the USB-C :” We have engaged with six other companies [Google, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony, editor’s NOTE] for all of the new models of the smartphone takes advantage of this standard, via a connector gold cable “.


The manufacturers having signed the memorandum, may actually comply with of three ways :



  • with a USB cable-C at the two ends (smartphone, USB-C + USB charger-C)

  • with a USB-C/USB-A (smartphone USB-C + USB charger-A)

  • with a USB-C on one side and a connection owner of the other (iPhone, ipad Lightning + USB charger-C)


In fact, the iPhone 11 Pro is supplied with a hands-adapt USB-C cable and a USB-a to Lightning… but not the iPhone 11 that remains in the USB-A. Apple works may be on an even more radical work around a possible european regulation : to pass completely from all ports ! Ming-Chi Kuo has indeed caught a glimpse of an iPhone without any connector in 2021.



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