|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.
|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: 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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