EU Officially Sets December 2024 As Deadline For All Devices To Have USB-C For Wired Charging

We finally have an official date when new smartphones sold in the European Union (EU), including Apple iPhone models, must have mandatory USB-C for charging. The EU has published the Common Charger Directive in its official journal, according to which smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, earbuds, headsets, portable speakers, handheld video game consoles, e-readers, keyboards, mice and portables Intended for all small devices, including appliances. Navigation systems must support USB-C charging ports from December 28, 2024.

The new EU rules mean tech giant Apple will be forced to say goodbye to the Lightning iPhone port it has so far introduced into iPhone models, including this year’s iPhone 14 series. Used in almost 20% of devices sold in Europe. However, there has been some debate about the Lightning port having a longer shelf life than the Type-C port, as the latter is said to be looser with use.

“🔌Directive (EU) 2022/2380 on #CommonChargers for mobile devices is published in the #OfficialJournal
Effective December 27, 2022📱 https://europa.eu/!ykCFhJ #ThisIsTheEU #Sustainability #IMCO #SingleMarket,” tweeted EUR-Lex, the official EU law database account and home of the official journals of the EU.

The new Common Charger Regulation will enter into force in 20 days and individual EU Member States will have up to 24 months to apply it as national law.

Laptops will also eventually fall under the rule, according to reports, but not until April 2026. By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU must be equipped with a USB-C charging port. From spring 2026, this mandate will extend to laptops. The new law is part of a broader EU effort to reduce e-waste and help consumers make more sustainable choices, says an old press note shared by the European Parliament.

Under the new regulations, consumers will no longer have to use a separate charger each time they purchase a new device. This is because one charger can be used for a variety of small and medium portable electronic devices.

All new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds, and rechargeable via wired cables regardless of manufacturer laptop. The memo added that it should have a USB Type-C port to deliver up to 100 watts of power.