We all know that feeling. In a hurry to work or travel, you remember to pack everything, except for that trivial but vital tool, which can keep our mobile phones, computers, headsets and other things charged and connected.
Unable to find someone who could lend us the precise cable we needed, we went to the store. The end result is that we continue to accumulate a drawer filled with a lot of unused plastic and cables, which eventually need to be thrown away.
The charger market for mobile phones, laptops, and tablets is nothing more than a cartel and a cynical money-making activity. There is no good reason why a device should be equipped with a different and incompatible charger. This is a problem created by technology companies who see an opportunity to squeeze more money from customers.
The European Commission’s research shows that the average person owns three mobile phone chargers, two of which are frequently used. From personal experience, these numbers sound low.
However, it may soon become a problem of the past.
Proposal of the European Commission Forcing manufacturers to make universal chargers for mobile phones and small electronic devices is long overdue. In fact, this is the result of ten years of lobbying by members of the European Parliament and committee officials.
Commitment to reduce costs for consumers and significantly reduce the estimated 11,000 tons of waste generated by disposal and unused charging cables each year, helping the EU reduce highly polluting plastic waste and carbon emissions, which is effortless.
The European Commission proposes that all smartphones sold in the European Union must be equipped with a USB-C charger. These currently account for about 30% of the charger market, but are not used in most Android and Apple phones. If the directive goes on smoothly, the era of multiple chargers may end in 2026.
Not surprisingly, Apple is the company most opposed to a single charger, believing it will stifle innovation.
However, considering that the charger is the same product, except for the shape of the last few centimeters into the device, it is difficult to take this argument seriously. The charger is the opposite of innovation.
However, simplifying the charger market is just one battle in a larger war. Let us hope that the success of the charger will allow EU executives to wage war on the ultimate example of meaningless plastic. Next stop: Universal plug.
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[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]