08 Jun 2022

Agreement Reached at the EU Level on Universal Chargers

On June 7, 2022, the European Parliament and the Member States of the European Union reached an agreement on the introduction of universal chargers for all electronic devices.  The European Commission submitted the proposal in September 2021.

What changes the agreement reached? Namely, all small and medium-sized mobile electronic devices will need to be equipped with a USB Type C port.  Thus, consumers will no longer have to use different chargers to charge their devices from different manufacturers.  The agreement will be applied to mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headsets, e-readers, keyboards, portable navigation systems, and earbuds from 2024, while the deadline will be extended until 2026 for laptops.

The adopted measures can save consumers up to 250 million euros annually, as well as lead to a reduction in the amount of electronic waste.

This decision will affect Apple the most, since most devices from this manufacturer use the Apple standard or USB Micro-B port.  On the other hand, Android devices mostly use a USB-C port.

We will see in the coming period what impact the agreement will have on the electronic devices market.