India may adopt not one but two types of universal chargers for phones and electronics

India might soon have two common chargers for phones and other electronics.

Highlights
  • India might soon adopt common charger legislation similar to Europe.
  • The country might get common chargers for smartphones and portable electronic items.
  • The government of India will collect the views of all stakeholders and take a final decision soon.

The Indian government has officially announced that it will be setting up expert groups that will soon start working on the possibility of adopting common chargers for smartphones and portable electronic items. The information has been confirmed by the Consumers Affairs Secretary, who further added that industry stakeholders want to discuss more regarding shifting to common chargers while agreeing to concerns about e-waste. Based on the views of all stakeholders, a final decision will be taken by the government.

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Unlike the EU policy that mandates all mobile phones and portable electronic items to shift to Type-C, the Indian government is exploring shifting to two types of charger, including Type-C.

Charging ports

Common chargers in India

It was recently reported that the Indian government is exploring the option of having a single common charger for all devices like Europe. However, Consumers Affairs Secretary has confirmed that the government is exploring the option of two types of chargers for phones and electronics instead of one.

However, before making a final decision, the government of India wants to collect the views of the industry stakeholders. This move comes with the effect of reducing the burden on consumers and preventing e-waste. It is moving in the direction to introduce a common charging standard for consumers in India and follows a mandate announced by the European Union (EU), which required phone manufacturers to launch devices with a USB Type-C port from 2024.

Recently a senior consumer affairs ministry official talking to PTI said that the demand is being made to prevent e-waste in India. “If companies can serve in Europe and the US, why cannot they do it in India? Portable electronic devices like smartphones and tablets should have a common charger,” said the official. If India makes it mandatory for all smartphones and electronic items, Apple will be forced to switch to a Type-C port on the iPhone. However, reports suggest that Apple might switch to a Type-C port for all its iPhones in 2024.