Common charging port: Govt body chalks out USB Type-C quality standards for India

New Delhi: As the government plans to introduce two popular types of charging ports for mobile and wearable electronic devices, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has released quality standards for USB Type-C charging ports. For the benefit of consumers and the reduction of e-waste, the Office of Consumer Affairs is working with industry stakeholders to consider mandating two common types of charging ports. USB Type-C charger for mobile phones, smartphones and tablets. Other popular chargers for wearable electronics.

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“At the last meeting, there was broad consensus among stakeholders on adopting USB Type-C as a charging port for smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. We have notified you,” Singh told PTI.

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur is researching single charging ports for wearable electronics such as watches. The same will be discussed with the industry once the report is filed, he said. Asked about the compulsory rollout of two types of common charging ports in India, the secretary said, “Mobile and electronics manufacturers have global supply chains, but they don’t have them, so the European Union (EU) ) timeline, which is 2024.” We only supply to India. ”

At the November 16 meeting, it was also decided to form a subgroup to explore the feasibility of uniform charging ports for wearables. Subgroups will include representatives from industry associations, educational institutions, etc. It was also felt that an impact study could be conducted by the Coalition.

The Ministry of the Environment will assess and investigate the potential impact of uniform charging ports for electronic devices on e-waste. Stakeholders agreed that a phased rollout of the common charging port could take place. This ensures that the same is applied by industry and harmoniously adopted by consumers. The unification of charging ports is a step towards his LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his COP-26, which encourages people around the world to be “mindful and wasteful. It calls for “mindful and intentional use, not casual consumption.”

The LiFE Mission plans to create and nurture a global network of individuals with a shared commitment to adopting and promoting eco-friendly lifestyles: the Pro-Planet People’ (P3).