Laptops May Soon Use Universal Chargers

In the tech world, the one-size-fits-all standards are often adopted to cut e-waste significantly and improve ease of use. The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commissions) has issued the technical specification 62700, which allows consumers to use a single model of direct current charger for a wide variety of devices.

If vendors adopt it, users would find that standardized external chargers for laptops are easier to replace and reuse. There’s currently no standard specification for laptop chargers and power suppliers. Meaning, one charger are likely not compatible to many devices. IEC estimated that the global e-waste from laptop chargers may amount to more than 500,000 tons annually; which is equivalent to half a million cars.

It remains to be seen whether the new standard would be a success. While we could immediately find the merits of using universal laptop adapters, it could take a long time to achieve this due to possible technical realities. Over the past years, IEC has been aiming to provide common chargers specifications for multiple devices.

It published the IEC 62684 standards in, which is based on microUSB plug. Major manufacturers, including Sony, LG, Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Huawei and Qualcomm have worked with the IEC to create common standards for their devices.

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