USB-C will become common charging port in EU by 2024


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By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed today.

The provisional agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive, establishes a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.

Under the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charging device and cable every time they purchase a new device, and can use one single charger for all of their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices. Mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers that are rechargeable via a wired cable will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturer. Laptops will also have to be adapted to the requirements by 40 months after the entry into force.

The charging speed is also harmonised for devices that support fast charging, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed with any compatible charger.

Better information and choice for consumers

Consumers will be provided with clear information on the charging characteristics of new devices, making it easier for them to see whether their existing chargers are compatible. Buyers will also be able to choose whether they want to purchase new electronic equipment with or without a charging device.

These new obligations will lead to more re-use of chargers and will help consumers save up to 250 million euro a year on unnecessary charger purchases. Disposed of and unused chargers are estimated to represent about 11,000 tonnes of e-waste annually.

Encouraging technological innovation

As wireless charging technology becomes more prevalent, the European Commission will be empowered to develop so-called delegated acts, on the interoperability of charging solutions.

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Parliament’s rapporteur Alex Agius Saliba (S&D, MT) said: “Today we have made the common charger a reality in Europe! European consumers were frustrated long with multiple chargers piling up with every new device. Now they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics. We are proud that laptops, e-readers, earbuds, keyboards, computer mice, and portable navigation devices are also included in addition to smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers. We have also added provisions on wireless charging being the next evolution in the charging technology and improved information and labelling for consumers”.

Press conference

On Tuesday, 7 June, from 12.30 CEST, Parliament’s rapporteur Alex Agius Saliba (S&D, MT) and Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton will give a joint press conference in the European Parliament’s press conference room in Strasbourg.

More details on how to follow are available in this media advisory.

Watch the recording of the press conference here.

Next steps

After the summer recess, Parliament and Council will have to formally approve the agreement before it is published in the EU Official Journal. It will enter into force 20 days after publication and its provisions will start to apply after 24 months. The new rules would not apply to products placed on the market before the date of application.

Background

In the past decade, Parliament has been continuously calling on the Commission to table a proposal on a common charger solution. The legislative proposal was tabled on 23 September 2021.


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And what happens to the devices you have had for a few years ? Maybe our enterprising friends in China will be selling lots of adapters.
 
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Continue to use the charger that came with it! ;-)

Seriously, one has to start somewhere and it seems like a very sensible move to me.

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And what happens to the devices you have had for a few years ?
Nothing, you just carry on as normal until it becomes obsolete, then when you buy a new one it has a USB-C.
 

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How about the charging ports on trains, airports, hotels , at schools, universities etc?
 

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It'll be just like USB A. The connector itself it wimpy, and the wires are like 75 AWG. LOL
CATx cables did it right. Shielded, decent gauge wires, decent connectors.. etc.
 

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How about the charging ports on trains, airports, hotels , at schools, universities etc?
Surely you already have a draw full of USB-A to USB-C cables - I do!!! you just use them to charge the phone rather than the USB-A to micro USB that is used now (if you have an old phone).

It's a moot point really as most people charge wirelessly these days anyway.
 

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How about the charging ports on trains, airports, hotels , at schools, universities etc?
If someone is providing a service, they would likely supply both for a few years, I guess.
 

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Surely you already have a draw full of USB-A to USB-C cables - I do!!! you just use them to charge the phone rather than the USB-A to micro USB that is used now (if you have an old phone).


It sounds like the charging points will no longer be usb A. There could be quite a market for usb c > micro usb leads and/or usb c> usb a adapters


It's a moot point really as most people charge wirelessly these days anyway.

Like what ? I don't have anything that charges wirelessly.
 
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And what happens to the devices you have had for a few years ? Maybe our enterprising friends in China will be selling lots of adapters.
You throw them in the garbage.

Seriously, the article didn't say you couldn't continue to use what you have. And there are always adapters. What's the issue?
 

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It sounds like the charging points will no longer be usb A.
No, they want phone/tablet etc charging ports to be USB-C, which other than apple pretty much all modern phones are anyway now, you can use a standard usb-a to c lead, just as you currently use usb-a to micro to charge old stuff.
 

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You throw them in the garbage.

Seriously, the article didn't say you couldn't continue to use what you have. And there are always adapters. What's the issue?
It is interesting for the people in the adapter trade. There could be quite an uptick in demand coming.
 

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It is interesting for the people in the adapter trade. There could be quite an uptick in demand coming.
There is no need, it's already a standard cable!!!
 

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It is interesting for the people in the adapter trade. There could be quite an uptick in demand coming.
I think the worry is overblown. Just continue to use what you have and when you replace it, you're have the "standard". It's not like the old devices will suddenly stop working. And motherboard vendors will still provide USB 2 & 3 ports on their boards, along with USB Type C ports.

I personally welcome like the idea, even here in the U.S.
 

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I bet Apple won't use it
 

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Now we have the new USB-C 2.1 spec cables to carry up to 240W. Yikes!
 

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  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
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    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
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    Edge
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    Windows Defender
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    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
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    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (RP channel)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5900X 12-core
    Motherboard
    X570 Aorus Xtreme
    Memory
    64GB Corsair Platinum RGB 3600MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Suprim X 3080 Ti
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster AE-5 Plus
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG289Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 2TB
    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB
    Samsung 870 Evo 4TB
    Samsung T7 Touch 1TB
    PSU
    Asus ROG Strix 1000W
    Case
    Corsair D750 Airflow
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15S
    Keyboard
    Asus ROG Flare
    Mouse
    Logitech G903 with PowerPlay charger
    Internet Speed
    500Mb/sec
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (RP channel)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5900X 12-core
    Motherboard
    X570 Aorus Xtreme
    Memory
    64GB Corsair Platinum RGB 3600MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Suprim X 3080 Ti
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster AE-5 Plus
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG289Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 2TB
    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB
    Samsung 870 Evo 4TB
    Samsung T7 Touch 1TB
    PSU
    Asus ROG Strix 1000W
    Case
    Corsair D750 Airflow
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15S
    Keyboard
    Asus ROG Flare
    Mouse
    Logitech G903 with PowerPlay charger
    Internet Speed
    500Mb/sec
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
I think the worry is overblown. Just continue to use what you have and when you replace it, you're have the "standard". It's not like the old devices will suddenly stop working. And motherboard vendors will still provide USB 2 & 3 ports on their boards, along with USB Type C ports.

I personally welcome like the idea, even here in the U.S.
There is no "worry".

It is an observation. I have a few things that use usb a to micro. I have none that use usb c. I also don't have any usb c > usb a adapters or cables. Quite likely I will buy some. So will many more people. That is interesting for people in the adapter trade.

I am not sure why that is a difficult concept.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5-8400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i
  • Operating System
    win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    pentium g5400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    1x8gb 2400
    PSU
    xfx pro 450

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