A new law from the EU parliament will now require all mobile devices to use the USB Type-C standard.

The goal is to help promote convenience to consumers and eliminate waste. As per the EU, the move could help save at least EUR200 million (around Php11.7 trillion) and up to 1,000 tons of electronic waste per year.


In a statement, Maltese MEP Alex Agius Saliba expressed that the passage of the law is good news for both the consumers and the environment. He added that it took more than a decade to pass a law that would make “the single charger for multiple electronic devices will finally become a reality for Europe and hopefully we can also inspire the rest of the world.”

The law states that smartphone makers, as well as tablets and cameras, will have until 2024 to comply while laptops have until 2026.

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What the European Parliament is to make USB Type-C the EU’s “common charger”, which really makes a lot of sense since it’s the USB standard that can be shared by a lot of devices, even from different categories.

Compared to microUSB and other older standards, USB Type-C is much more convenient as it’s reversible, can be had with higher data bandwidth, and can fit on pretty much any device. One USB-C cable even has been developed to deliver 240W charging speeds.

We’ll see how brands react to this law, especially Apple, which insists on using its proprietary Lightning cable for its iPhones and other audio accessories.

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