Science & technology
EU backs universal smartphone charger
Publish Date: Mar 18, 2014
EU backs universal smartphone charger
  • mail
  • img
newvision

THE maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.

European politicians have backed a regulation that will force smartphone makers to use just one type of charger.

On Thursday MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the regulation, which will see a common charger used for smartphones by 2017.

The regulation was drawn up to help consumers and to cut down on the amount of electronic waste.

"This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment," said MEP Barbara Weiler in a statement. "It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually."

The regulation is still only a draft law and must be approved by Europe's council of ministers. However, that body has already given its informal backing to the law, suggesting it will win final approval.

European member states will have until 2016 to translate the regulation into national laws and manufacturers will then have 12 months to switch to the new design. The process of getting manufacturers to agree on a common design began in 2009.

The design of charger being favoured uses a Micro USB connector - a format used on many handsets and other devices already.

Apple has yet to respond to the proposals as it is one of the few manufacturers that produces gadgets with proprietary power ports. However, it was one of the original signatories of the agreement Europe reached with manufacturers to produce the chargers.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Microsoft launches Biz4Afrika in Kenya for SMEs
Microsoft 4Afrika has launched Biz4Afrika, an online portal for Kenyan small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access locally relevant information and resources to promote SMEs and improve trade....
Microsoft unveils low-cost Surface 3 tablet
Microsoft unveils a low-cost version of its Surface tablet computer, cutting the screen size of the device which starts at $499....
Government working on laws governing drones
A government effort is underway to put guidelines and restrictions on how private citizens can use unmanned aerial vehicles...
Japan company makes tear-free onions
The sobbing of a chef as he chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company....
Samsung, LG agree to end legal feuds
Samsung and LG agreed Tuesday to end all pending legal disputes that had seen the South Korean electronics rivals accuse each other of stealing technology and vandalising products....
Solar Impulse departs Myanmar for China
Solar Impulse 2 took off from Myanmar''s second biggest city of Mandalay in a landmark journey to circumnavigate the globe powered solely by the sun....
Should police arrest parents who do not take their children to school?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter