EU persists: All companies have to use standard chargers.

usb chargerMany years ago, the EU (the European Union), wanted to standardize phone chargers across the board, (presumably the micro USB standard which seems to be used by the majority of phones these days). However, although nearly all phones now feature a micro USB connector, iPhones do not. Older models use the 30-pin connector, while the 5-series has the new Lightning connector. It is of course possible to get a 30-pin to USB or Lighting to USB adapter, but this is hardly an elegant solution on more than one level.

On Thursday, the European Parliament’s internal market and the consumer protection committee unanimously voted on a legislative resolution to create a law requiring all companies to make the same type of charger.

There are a number of clear advantages to having a single standard:

1)      It would cut down on e-waste.

2)      Eliminate unnecessary costs.

3)      Make people’s lives a bit easier.(Rather than having three chargers for i.e. a tablet, phone and camera).

4)      It would be very convenient to have a single one charger.

 

“We urge member states and manufacturers finally to introduce a universal charger, to put an end to cable chaos for mobile phones and tablet computers,” reporter Barbara Weiler said in a statement.

many chargersOf course it will take some time for this law to come into effect, assuming it is agreed upon by the Parliament.

1)      From the other hand, Apple has their own reasons for using proprietary connections: 1) Creates a sense of exclusivity.

2)      Prevent unauthorized accessories from being made (the Lightning connector has a chip that needs Apple’s permission to be used).

3)      At the same time designing their own connection allows Apple to decide how they want their device to be laid out internally, so it is unclear how much this will affect Apple if the law does come into effect.  

 Last but not least, it should be noted that mobile devices are evolving at such a pace that old chargers are practically obsolete already, since they lack the power to charge new devices in any sensible amount of time. Many phones now ship with batteries over 2000mAh, while high-end tablets feature 10000mAh power packs, yet the first micro USB chargers were designed with much smaller devices in mind, so they could take hours to fully charge a high-end phone or tablet.

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