USB-charger

IEC approves universal smart phone charger

I was at an airport last week and there was a mobile charger station there which was free to use for passengers. There were, and I kid you not, over twenty different connectors sticking out of it which in many ways puts this story into perspective.

USB-charger
Picture courtesy of Flickr user quiroso

Finally, it seems manufacturers have come to their senses and agreed on a universal way to charge phones. The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has had agreement from all the major mobile manufacturers to use a standard one size fits all USB connection for all their new smart phones.
Research shows that there are 51thousand tonnes of redundant chargers produced every year, and this new initiative throws the door wide open to significantly reducing both greenhouse gas emissions by some 13 million tonnes a year and the cost of shipping and manufacturing.

IEC General Secretary and CEO Ronnie Amit said:

“We all have drawers full of chargers that became obsolete as soon as we buy a new phone.
Today, we have a truly operational global standard that will allow the industry to end this waste and significantly reduce environmental impact”.

Will this lead to our new phones reducing in price? We will have to wait and see. What it will do though is give me some significantly more drawer space.