Government considering adopting common charger for devices, August 17 meeting, ministry official says

The government is studying the adoption of a common charger for a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets, and has called a meeting on August 17 to discuss the issue with the industry, a senior official said on Tuesday. of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

The meeting with mobile phone manufacturers and industry organizations was scheduled to assess the possibility of ending the use of multiple chargers in India and reducing the burden on consumers besides preventing e-waste, the official said. .

Recently, the European Union announced the adoption of a common USB Type-C port charging standard for small electronic devices by 2024. A similar demand also exists in the United States.

“If companies can serve in Europe and the United States, why can’t they serve in India? Portable electronic devices like smartphones and tablets should have a common charger,” the official told PTI.

If India does not push for this change, these products could be dumped here, the official added.

Currently, consumers are forced to buy a separate charger every time they buy a new device due to the incompatibility of the ports of the existing charger.

In June, EU countries and EU lawmakers agreed on a single mobile charging port for cellphones, tablets and cameras. The deal is a world first and came after the companies failed to agree on a common solution. The European Commission pushed for a single mobile charging port more than a decade ago.

iPhone smartphone and Android phone users have long complained about having to use different chargers for their devices. Apple’s former is charged from a Lightning cable while Android-based devices are powered using USB Type-C connectors.

According to a 2019 Commission study, half of chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29% had a USB Type-C connector and 21% a Lightning connector.


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