USB-C and EU standard

Danger of one euro-charger

Single charger for mobile devices required by the directive for the whole European Union. At first glance, a great idea that will make life easier for several hundred million consumers. But that's just what is visible. That what not seen are unplanned costs, loss of innovation and lagging behind in the future. Why would we neshould they want an effective directive on a single charger?

Already For 10 years, the EU has been dreaming of a single charger. The first technical standards of the single Euro-charger saw the light of day in 2010, together with the agreement of the manufacturers. Fortunately, the directives that have so far sought to implement that uniform standard can beApple) at rest ignore The directives do not contain any sanctions and are thus practically a matter of ineffective line of paper.

But if this were not the case and the directives really served their purpose, today we would still be charging mobile phones using a connector Micro-USB. In all likelihood, it would today's 621 types of mobile phones with Android / iOS it was only in the realm of dreams. You would also need to have Micro-USB.

It is, in fact, a beautiful example of what threatens us if we succeed in creating a functional - non-ignoring - directive on chargers: the EU insists on creating a functional directive on uniform chargers longer than the life of the current market standard: The effort to create a functional directive on a single Micro-USB charger took longer than the lifespan of the Micro-USB itself.

Let us be glad that the Euro-standardizers are sane, at least to the point that they have shifted their attention to the newer USB-C. If the creation of an effective directive goes as they have so far, it is quite possible that it will be an endless circle: before a directive is created, we have USB-D and it will all start again, and as a result we will not encounter any of the negative effects of a similar directive.

What if but effective directive with USB-C can you create?

USB-C: with the end of innovation directive

We know exactly what will happen: what would happen if it arose effective Micro-USB Directive.

  1. The largest market for portable devices is Asia and the Pacific. If someone wanted to innovate and create a better standard than USB-C, it would not be in the EU (due to the directive), but probably in Asia.
  2. The incentive to innovate in this area (and this is the billion - dollar market) would be in The EU has fallen to zero. Before any innovation can be pushed through the EU bureaucracy, "innovation" would probably be obsolete, because in a faster - less regulated - The market in Asia and the US would probably already have a better solution. The bureaucratic apparatus of states - and the EU acts as a state - is extremely slow. And it's good!
  3. The EU would not be a zone to application innovation. If something better than USB-C could be created in the EU, it would be in the EU did not apply, did not use.
  4. Mobile devices would become more expensive in the EU relative to the rest of the world. Manufacturing a phone with USB-C is more expensive than with Micro-USB and the question is how it would be preserved Apple: would it change its production process for the sake of the EU ("at the expense" of the rest of the world and larger markets), or would it add a reduction to the packaging for the EU, but it will cost something?
  5. What about wireless charging? Imagine an absurd situation in the future, when everything can be done wirelessly, wireless charging will be technically and even at a better level than USB-C, but manufacturers would still have to install this connector (expensive) in the phone.

Making a charger and cable to charge mobile devices is a job like any other. This production has its costs. That Apple or other manufacturers protect their chargers / devices with, for example, a chip (when a charger from another manufacturer cannot be used with the same connector) is absolutely legitimate business practicehow to cover these costs - the production of chargers is not a "charity" nor destroys an "obligation". Whether it is right or not, let the consumer decide with his money.

But I don't think anyone - except the manufacturer - has a right to do so Manufacturers dictate how to build their products. They are manufacturers who go into the production of equipment at your own risk. They are the ones who have to face possible losses. It must be who they should be reap profits.

The EU argues (among other things) for the environmental impact of this change: much less waste would be generated. However, EU estimates do not anticipate that a single standard could be imposed reason for the creation a large amount of waste (how would Apple behave and what about the resources that could not be used for the new production process?) and also that it is a kind of "loan ”from the future:

Today we reduce the amount of waste that we in the future prevent innovations that could eliminate the waste, even more effectively.