After the USB Type-C charger, the European Union is still in a vacuum and now wants removable (and easily replaceable) batteries for all electronic devices.
There were far fewer of them in 2022, but the trend has already been down for years and only 9 smartphones were launched with a removable battery in 2021, which the European Union does not seem to like it too much in ecological terms and sustainability.
Anyway, we’re not going to discover America because it’s something that had already been announced from Brusselsand is that if the terms of the standard that requires the implementation of USB-C as the sole charging connector for any electronic product sold in the Old continentof the European Commission, they have already anticipated us more regulations to increase the life of our devices and thus try to limit electronic waste.
And we already have the first here, because as the friends of xda-developers told us, it seems that the technicians of the European Union are already working with the new battery regulationswho should be user replaceable thus ensuring that the most delicate component of a mobile device can easily replaced without going through a technical service and without the need to consider a change of smartphone.
As is evident, for the moment we are only talking about laptops and smartphonesdon’t give portable or devices with a difficult opening or with a complicated design suitable for the battery, and we also don’t know how will this affect terminal designbut the EU seems serious about turning our electronics into more sustainable products.
We say this because smartphones have eventually become glass and metal sandwiches with constructions monohull that should be retouched completely, surely adopt again plastic materials, back covers or strange modular designs like that of this LG G5 & Friends which fell under its own weight.
Do we really need or want our precious and immaculate smartphones to be traded in for new designs with a polycarbonate back cover that allows access to the battery? Perhaps a battery slot similar to that of the nano-SIM would make it possible to adopt the standard without altering the designs of the most “top” smartphones.
Anyway, the point is that without getting into specific devices or products, it seems that the general idea of the European Commission is that all types of batteries sold in Europe should be easier to remove and replacealso providing the consumer with much more information about the batteries in their products via labels and QR codes which will show the capacity, performance, durability, chemical composition and the recycling and replacement options available.
The new regulations will also establish certain minimum levels of recycled materials required for batteries produced and sold in Europe, marking a minimum of 16% recycled cobalt, 85% lead, 6% lithium and 6% nickel. Interesting point, no doubt, that will force a more circular economy model already in the production phasewithout involving the user himself.
stay lots of details to tweak and many months to come to legislate, although there is already talk of applying new regulations even for the durability of our vehicle batteriesboth for starting or lighting in conventional cars as well as for energy storage in electric vehicles or personal mobility vehicles, in addition to any other electronic product that incorporates a battery of any composition.
Manufacturers would have a minimum of 42 months to adapt to standards once the law is passed, the challenge of modifying your designs will therefore an acceptable term in which solutions must be thought out and implemented that allow easy replacement of a battery in any product.
It will be fun to see how the market takes it and What are the solutions adopted by Samsung, Apple and the rest of the giants? so as not to penalize the design and/or materials of your devices.
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