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Why many, the same is many; India looking for way to implement single charger policy | India is trying to implement a single charger policy

Why many, the same is many; India looking for way to implement single charger policy | India is trying to implement a single charger policy
Why many, the same is many; India looking for way to implement single charger policy | India is trying to implement a single charger policy

Got an iPhone charger? You may have searched many places like this while walking around with dead iPhone. Friends and colleagues walking around with cheap Android phones must have said this with utter disdain. “It doesn’t belong to Kanji. It’s just his iPhone”. If everything goes according to plan, in the future such scumbags and pongans will be out of the scene. Because the Indian government is planning to implement a “one charger policy” across the country. Last Wednesday, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs officials held consultations with device manufacturers to discuss the matter. The government has decided to appoint an expert team to study the adoption of common chargers for all portable electronic devices, including mobile phones.

It has been decided to submit a detailed report within two months. After the meeting, Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said that India may first look into switching to two types of chargers, including a USB-type port. “USB Type C chargers are better in the long run. Type C can charge faster. It can be used for many devices of 65 watts or less” – Electronics Products Innovation Consortium (EPIC) Foundation Chairman and H.C. Says Ajay Chaudhary, founder of .L.

Not just for mobile phones. The aim is to bring a single charger for tablets, smartwatches, wearable devices like smart bands and laptops. Reduce electronic waste. The action is part of plans to reduce carbon emissions and reduce air pollution. It is reported that urban households have 10 to 14 unused chargers. These old and damaged chargers will later burden the earth itself. India had 22,700 tonnes of e-waste in FY 2017, rising to 3.50 lakh tonnes in 2021. One thing to remember is that these are official figures. 90-95 percent of e-waste is dumped unaccounted for in many places. It is estimated that 30 lakh tonnes of e-waste is generated every year. This is not a small problem.

However, India is not the first country to take this decision. The European Union is already rolling out a similar plan. Within two years, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras in European Union countries. This includes the Apple iPhone. By 2024, the European Commission has proposed that all smartphone manufacturers adopt USB Type C as the charging standard. The move by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs came days after this. 30-35 crore charger market in Europe. In India it is 200 crores. You may doubt whether a normal charger can reduce the e-waste problem that much.

Because chargers only contribute 0.1 percent of global e-waste. However, this will save consumers money and eliminate the hassle of carrying multiple chargers. If you buy a new phone you don’t need to buy a new charger. This will reduce the price of phones. Also, many people end up buying chargers over and over again because a single charger is enough. The European Union believes this could save consumers up to €250 million per year.

But there are other reasons for India’s policy. 60-90 percent of the world’s e-waste is illegally sold or dumped in developing countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, China, Pakistan and India. Although India has banned the import of e-waste, it still enters the country disguised as refurbished. The total value of e-waste imports is growing at 12.3 percent every year. If common charger standards are mandated across Europe, India may see an influx of chargers they don’t need. However, if India has introduced common standards before that, then the unwanted ones can be discarded.


Manufacturers feel that this move will set back the innovation efforts. The first USB chargers hit the market in 1996. If manufacturers were asked to adopt a common standard, would chargers be smaller in size? Would it have been more efficient? Will fast chargers, light ning and type C chargers come? Not likely. Most companies have invested money to improve their chargers. Today’s products are proof of that. But global manufacturers have a clear ulterior motive. The common charger will cause them to abandon their technology. Fast charging capability cannot be sold under multiple names. So it has to be assumed that they are not happy with the new move. Indian companies believe that adopting a common charging system (like a Type-C port) will increase costs. The manufacturing cost of feature phones will also increase.

If this cost cannot be passed on to customers, the product line may have to be abandoned entirely. Experts believe that mandating only one charger and Type-C port for all devices will hurt Apple even more, as Apple is the only one in the US. B-C port is not used. Top five brands in the Indian market – Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme – use Type-C charging ports. Some entry-level smartphones and feature phones still use micro USB ports and cables.

The article is in Malayalam

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