Patcay.com – The European Union (EU) has recently taken a step to adopt the USB Type-C charging standard as the sole permissible solution for electronic devices, starting from the year 2024.
This move is based on legislation enacted in early 2023, mandating the use of the USB Type-C interface in most electronic devices, including smartphones and tablets.
This decision has significant implications, especially in the smartphone industry, with Apple announcing the replacement of the Lightning port on the iPhone with the USB Type-C port, beginning with the iPhone 15 series.
The European Commission explains that the goal of this policy is to stimulate innovation in charging technology, reduce electronic waste, and simplify charger usage.
USB Type-C is considered a universal charging solution applicable to various devices, including phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headsets, portable speakers, handheld gaming consoles, e-book readers, earbuds, keyboards, mice, and portable navigation systems.
The next step in this regulation involves the mandatory inclusion of USB Type-C ports in laptops sold in the European market starting from 2026.
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The European Commission provides a “transition period” for the industry to adapt to the new regulations.Key points from this announcement include the use of integrated USB Type-C charging ports on electronic devices, supporting the use of USB-C chargers without brand limitations.
Additionally, integrated fast-charging technology is implemented to prevent speed limitations imposed by different brands. There is a separation of charger sales from electronic devices, allowing consumers to purchase new devices without having to acquire new chargers, thus reducing the number of chargers circulating in the market.
The policy also emphasizes improving consumer information regarding charging characteristics, device power requirements, and fast-charging support through better visual and written information.