Uniform charger in India: Government sets up expert committee

  While Europe is about to implement a rule that all phones sold should have USB-C chargers, India is also heralding a similar change.

The government has formed an expert committee to examine the possibilities of bringing uniform chargers to all electronic devices including mobiles, tablets, and laptops in India. Before introducing the use of uniform chargers in the country, the opinions of industry, investors, users, and different sections should be followed and the consent of all for the use of uniform charging port is important. Consumer Affairs Department Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said that the possibilities of using uniform chargers will be examined based on the report of the committee formed by the government within the next two months.

Uniform charger in India: Government sets up expert committee
Uniform charger in India: Government sets up expert committee

The Government of India convened a meeting of industry stakeholders on August 17, 2022, to discuss the issue of using different chargers for electronic devices sold in the country. The meeting was said to direct the adoption of 'one model charger' to reduce e-waste and encourage consumers to reuse existing chargers.

While Europe is about to implement a rule that all phones sold should have USB-C chargers, India is also heralding a similar change. But, the only question is whether this move is on the right track. Because the Apple company has expressed dissatisfaction with the USB-C charger proposed by the European Commission. It expressed outrage that mandating only one type of connector would stifle rather than encourage innovation. So, what are the developments in Europe about mandating only one type of charger? Let's know the factors that can be changed in the mobile market due to this change.

Under a new rule proposed by the European Commission, all phones sold in Europe must have USB-C chargers by 2024. The proposed rules would have called for a universal charging port for electronic devices sold in Europe, including smartphones, tabs, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, handheld video game consoles, earbuds, smartwatches, and fitness trackers. Although the European Commission claimed that the aim was to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to reuse existing chargers when buying a new device, Apple opposed this.

Tech giant Apple has expressed displeasure over a move to require all smartphones sold in Europe to have USB-C chargers, warning that such a move would harm innovation. Mandating only one type of connector discourages rather than encourages innovation. Popular media outlet BBC reported that Apple said this would harm consumers in Europe and around the world. Tech giant Apple, the main manufacturer of smartphones that use a custom charging port, whose iPhone series uses the Apple-made "Lightning" connector, aims to make every Apple device and appliance carbon neutral by 2030. The report stated that this will harm innovation

Half of the chargers sold with mobile phones in the European Union in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29% had a USB C connector and 21% had a Lightning connector. That is, most Android phones come with USB micro-B charging ports. Or have already moved to the more modern USB-C standard. New models of Type C USB, Micro USB, Lightning iPads, and MacBooks use USB-C charging ports. Because popular Android phones are similar models, smartphone makers selling in Europe are being forced to come up with a universal charging port for phones and small electronic devices, European Commission Vice President Margaret Vestager said.

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