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Soon, you could have just one charger for all your devices

“Have a charger?” “Yes, it’s an iPhone 4 though.” Damn.

Image: Chargers via Shutterstock

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has passed a law which means technology companies will have to provide a universal charger that can fit any device.

The vote was taken during today’s session with an aim to reduce waste, as well as the cost and hassle on consumers.

Mobile phone, smartphone and tablet makers will now have to provide a standard battery charger that can fit any device.

Member states have two years to impose the rules into their national law with phone makers – such as Apple and Samsung – given another year to catch up.

The draft law was approved by 550 votes to 12, with 8 abstentions. It will still have to be formally approved by the Council, which has already informally agreed to the plans.

“This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment. It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually,” said rapporteur Barbara Weiler.

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