A global “charger crisis” and waste in tons… and a European proposal for a radical solution

Includes smartphones, tablets, headphones, and portable video game consoles

It seems that the world is currently going through what can be called a “charger crisis”, which prompted the European Commission to put forward a proposal to unite manufacturers of electronic devices, especially phones, on a single charger.

Smartphone users buy billions of dollars in chargers annually, while UNHCR research estimates that discarded and unused charging cords generate more than 11,000 tons of waste annually.

In the European Union alone, according to “Sky News Arabia”, about 420 million phones and portable electronic devices were sold last year alone.

Most users of electronic devices have to purchase more than one charger to meet the different requirements of their devices, including phones, tablets, wireless headphones, and others.

However, the new European proposal aims to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to reuse existing chargers when buying a new one.

The proposal said that all smartphones sold in the European Union should have USB-C chargers.

Although Apple has become dependent on chargers of this type in its modern devices, the company known for producing its own chargers warned that such a step would “damage innovation”, according to the BBC.

Most Android phones are equipped with USB micro-B charging ports, and some have moved to the more modern USB-C. Apple’s new iPad and MacBook models also use USB-C charging ports.

The proposed changes, expected to be studied over a period of years, would apply to the charging port on the device, while the end connected to the socket could be USB-C or USB-A.

The European proposal includes unifying chargers for smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and portable video game consoles.

It is noteworthy that in 2009 there were more than 30 different chargers, while most models now stick to three USB-C, Lightning and USB micro-B.

A global “charger crisis” and waste in tons… and a European proposal for a radical solution


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It seems that the world is currently going through what can be called a “charger crisis”, which prompted the European Commission to put forward a proposal to unite manufacturers of electronic devices, especially phones, on a single charger.

Smartphone users buy billions of dollars in chargers annually, while UNHCR research estimates that discarded and unused charging cords generate more than 11,000 tons of waste annually.

In the European Union alone, according to Sky News Arabia, about 420 million phones and portable electronic devices were sold last year alone.

Most users of electronic devices have to purchase more than one charger to meet the different requirements of their devices, including phones, tablets, wireless headphones, and others.

However, the new European proposal aims to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to reuse existing chargers when buying a new one.

The proposal said that all smartphones sold in the European Union should have USB-C chargers.

Although Apple has become dependent on chargers of this type in its modern devices, the company known for producing its own chargers warned that such a step would “damage innovation”, according to the BBC.

Most Android phones are equipped with USB micro-B charging ports, and some have moved to the more modern USB-C. Apple’s new iPad and MacBook models also use USB-C charging ports.

The proposed changes, expected to be studied over a period of years, would apply to the charging port on the device, while the end connected to the socket could be USB-C or USB-A.

The European proposal includes unifying chargers for smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and portable video game consoles.

It is noteworthy that in 2009 there were more than 30 different chargers, while most models now stick to three USB-C, Lightning and USB micro-B.

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Includes smartphones, tablets, headphones, and portable video game consoles

It seems that the world is currently going through what can be called a “charger crisis”, which prompted the European Commission to put forward a proposal to unite manufacturers of electronic devices, especially phones, on a single charger.

Smartphone users buy billions of dollars in chargers annually, while UNHCR research estimates that discarded and unused charging cords generate more than 11,000 tons of waste annually.

In the European Union alone, according to Sky News Arabia, about 420 million phones and portable electronic devices were sold last year alone.

Most users of electronic devices have to purchase more than one charger to meet the different requirements of their devices, including phones, tablets, wireless headphones, and others.

However, the new European proposal aims to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to reuse existing chargers when buying a new one.

The proposal said that all smartphones sold in the European Union should have USB-C chargers.

Although Apple has become dependent on chargers of this type in its modern devices, the company known for producing its own chargers warned that such a step would “damage innovation”, according to the BBC.

Most Android phones are equipped with USB micro-B charging ports, and some have moved to the more modern USB-C. Apple’s new iPad and MacBook models also use USB-C charging ports.

The proposed changes, expected to be studied over a period of years, would apply to the charging port on the device, while the end connected to the socket could be USB-C or USB-A.

The European proposal includes unifying chargers for smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and portable video game consoles.

It is noteworthy that in 2009 there were more than 30 different chargers, while most models now stick to three USB-C, Lightning and USB micro-B.

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