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EU to study need for action on common mobile phone charger
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-08-07 22:40:54

EU regulators plan to study whether there is a need for action in the push for a common mobile phone charger following a lack of progress by phone makers towards this goal, EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said.

Many phone makers voluntarily promised to standardize chargers, and while a lot of progress has been made, the EU isn't satisfied - so, they're now thinking of making it mandatory. This would mostly affect Apple, since that's the only major holdout still using a non-standard, proprietary port.

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RE: This is stupid.
By CaptainN- on 2018-08-08 20:43:32
It isn't that simple - there are a few different competing "rapid charge" standards. Even if you have the right plug, you may not get the same performance. There needs to be some standardization. Really, USB-C Solves most of that, but it's rollout has been tremendously slow for some reason (I haven't looked closely at why - would probably make a good article).
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Japan did something similar a while back, IIRC
By gus3 on 2018-08-09 00:54:59
I can't find a reference to it now (I think it was 2004 or 2005), but I remember reading Japan mandated USB for mobile devices, for charging & data transfer purposes, also to combat the proliferation of proprietary connectors. Can someone clarify, or refute?
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Comment by jigzat
By jigzat on 2018-08-09 03:25:08
As tempting as it seems I want the government to stay away from non essential things (except safety competition privacy freedom of speech) specially the EU.

Legislation moves slower than technology, the EU wanted to force MICRO-USB into every phone and to be honest that port sucks, USB-C is way better but I don't want legislation to turn into a restrain for this kind of things.
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RE: This is stupid.
By BlueofRainbow on 2018-08-09 12:55:46
As you mentioned, for the last decade or so, the recharging of non-Apple mobile phone has standardized on a 5 V DC power supply with a USB Type A port and a USB Type A to micro-USB cable. The cable it-self can be used for data transfer with a computer or a tablet supporting OTG.

Two developments are changing this landscape:

- USB Type C connector

- Fast charging

One problem is that there are still wrinkles in the standardization of the USB Type C connection in terms of auto-detection signals.

Another problem is that standardization of fast charging voltages and currents is still in progress so that a power supply for one brand of mobile phone may not fast recharge a mobile phone from another manufacturer.

Incidentally, for the last decade, one could carry a single USB cable (Type A to micro-USB) with the notebook and be able to recharge the phone or tablet if/when needed. It is still possible to do this - with an appropriate Type C cable for the newer devices albeit in the non-fast mode associated with a 5 V supply. And as usual, an additional cable would be needed for recharging Apple devices.

Unfortunately for the consumers, the USB Type A port on notebooks is being replaced - often by a Type C port and sometimes by other proprietary ports.

The chatter about EU Regulators looking at another round of standardization of charging devices - physical port and supply voltage/current for fast charging - maybe sufficient to steer manufacturer on this path.
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RE[2]: Big problem...
By darknexus on 2018-08-10 12:28:32
Yes, this would be the way to go. You have to be careful how you word such a regulation even so, but this is the line the EU should have taken.
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