US lawmakers are now pushing to get rid of all those different types of charging cables

US lawmakers are now pushing to get rid of all those different types of charging cables

Following the example of the EU, a group of US lawmakers is urging the Department of Commerce to establish a common standardized charger for all mobile devices.

Leading the call are Democratic Senators Ed J. Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. In the letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the senators said, “We write about the economic and environmental damage inflicted by the consumer electronics industry’s failure to establish a uniform standard for charging accessories.”

The letter pointed to a lack of uniform standards that placed a financial burden on consumers, as well as causing them to frequently change their charging accessories. Outdated chargers end up in landfill, contributing to e-waste.

In the latest call to action, the senators asked the Commerce Department to “develop a comprehensive plan that will protect both consumers and the environment by addressing the lack of a common charging standard in the US.”

This isn’t the same as EU legislation to make USB-C the common charger, but it’s definitely a push for the US to set some national standards for chargers.

There have already been reports Bloomberg, of Apple testing USB-C charging ports on its device before the EU law is passed. The iPhone and AirPods are two popular devices that use Apple’s proprietary Lightning chargers, which we could see phased out in the future.

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