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Europe approves single USB-C charger

Yes, I am aware that probably at this time you are experiencing a certain feeling of deja vu, and it is that we have been talking for a long time, years in fact, about the slow but inexorable process of the European Commission for the approval of the long-awaited standard of the single charger. A rule that would undoubtedly have been much more practical many years ago, when practically each manufacturer had its own charger model (some, in fact, had more than one), but which also makes a lot of sense today and, therefore, So, every reason to be.

I say that you will have that feeling that you have already experienced this because at the beginning of June, as we told you, what we could define as informal approval of the single charger regulation took place, which was one of the last stepsof a process that was already very advanced, and that establishes that USB-C will be the only charger not only for smartphones, but also for tablets, eReaders, headphones, digital cameras (we understand that both photographic and video), headphones, consoles laptops and speakers.

As we told you then, the formal approval was pending after the summer, a mere procedure that was taken for granted that it would go ahead but that, nevertheless, was essential within the regulatory process. And the good news is that, as we can read on the European Parliament’s news website, today has been the long-awaited day, finally, and formally, the European Parliament has approved that USB-C be the only charger of small devices throughout the European area.

In this way, with all the paperwork completed, now We just have to wait for this new standard to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, a procedure similar to the one that must be carried out in Spain with the publication in the BOE to give legal burial to the application of a new law, measure or any other matter. Once the single charger rule is published, 20 days will have to pass before it comes into force. However, since then 24 months will have to pass until compliance is mandatory, since this is the period granted by the European Union to manufacturers so that they can adapt.

Although this standard is limited to several types of devices, many people associate it mainly with smartphones, and although in this sense it is addressed to all models from all manufacturers, it is not necessary to be too clever to realize that The main affected by this regulatory change is, without a doubt, Apple, which is not in vain the company that has been presenting as much resistance as possible for years. Now, and only in the absence of the publication of the new standard in the Official Journal of the European Union, you will have no other choice but to make the leap to USB-C… unless, to avoid it, you decide that your devices are charged exclusively , wirelessly.

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