Personal electronic devices sold in the EU must have USB-C charging by 2024

TL; DR: The European Council confirmed its “Common Chargers Directive” after the overwhelming approval of the European Parliament. The settlement only needs to be formally signed by the presidents of the EU and the EC. It will require small rechargeable electronic devices, including laptops, to adapt the USB-C charging standard. It comes into force in 2024 for most equipment and in 2026 for laptops.

The European Council (EC) formally endorsed its USB-C mandate on Monday. The President of the European Parliament and the President of the European Council need only sign the rule. Earlier this month, the European Parliament passed the Common Charger Directive in a landslide vote of 602 to 13. Electronics manufacturers will have to design devices sold in the European Union with USB charging- C by fall 2024. Laptop manufacturers have until spring 2026 to comply with the EC directive.

“We all have at least three mobile phone chargers at home. Searching for the right charger, whether at home or at work, can be quite boring,” said the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade. “On top of that, these chargers represent 11,000 tons of e-waste every year. Having a charger that fits multiple devices will save time and money and also help us reduce e-waste. »

The regulations also require manufacturers to give customers the choice of buying devices with or without included chargers. Apple and others have already started shipping phones without chargers. This rule stipulation does not require them to include loaders. Instead, he wants products that are currently bundled in a default loader to offer an “unbundled” option. The Council will evaluate this part of the directive for four years. After that, he can make unbundling mandatory.

The Brazilian government is looking to pass similar legislation, but that could be a moot point. The EC has been advocating for more than a decade to force OEMs to adopt a unifying charging standard. As most manufacturers have already embraced USB-C on their own, Apple seems to be one of the last holdouts, preferring its Lightning port over the more common connection.

However, the Cupertino giant has already moved several devices to USB-C. Additionally, recent reliable rumors confirm that it plans to phase out the Lightning port on its remaining devices — primarily the iPhone. According to the directive, he will also have to move his AirPods, Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard to USB-C within 24 months. So by the time Brazil adopts anything official, the world may have already made the transition.

Additionally, the Brazilian government recently asked Apple to revert to bundling chargers with iPhones. So his copycat move toward imposing a USB-C standard seems counterintuitive to his stance on unbundling.

UC went far to name names. Even though Apple and its Lightning port seem like apparent targets, the warrant should apply to other small electronics like vapes, portable GPS devices, cameras, and similar products using micro USB and Firewire chargers.

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