EU has agreed to use Type-C for charging all gadgets

By the fall of 2024, all gadgets sold in the EU, including tablets, e-books, headphones, digital cameras and portable gaming consoles, will be charged via a USB Type-C port. Representatives of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) agreed on this.

"Under the new rules, consumers do not need a new charger and cable every time they buy new equipment, they will be able to use a single charger for all their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices," as said in a statement to the European Parliament.

It is assumed that all the boxes with smartphones and tablets will have the same cables (no adapter).

It is reported that this is a preliminary political decision on the directive establishing uniform technological requirements for gadget chargers. The European Parliament calls the decision "an important step towards reducing e-waste in the EU and making life easier for consumers."

The parliamentarians' report states that European consumers in general will be able to save up to €250 million because they will not have to buy new chargers. The European Parliament estimates that about 11,000 tons of chargers are discharged away each year.