The European Union will force manufacturers to return removable batteries to smartphones
The European Union authorities are preparing to press the smartphone manufacturers again. First, companies were required to transfer all devices to a single USB Type-C charging port and allow the use of third-party app stores, and now they are introducing new standards regarding batteries.
According to the new bill, the owner of gadgets with a rechargeable battery should be able to replace this battery themselves. Moreover, the size of the battery does not matter, so any equipment falls under the requirements, from smartphones with tablets to electric scooters.
Each battery must also be labeled with information regarding its capacity, durability, chemical composition, and disposal guidelines. General information will be duplicated in the digital passport, which they want to enter for each battery.
In its current form, the bill can already be called controversial. On the one hand, the EU authorities are fulfilling their goal of protecting the environment, and a simple consumer will only benefit from removable batteries, because it is the battery that fails on modern gadgets in the first place, and the ability to replace it personally is a significant savings.
On the other hand, smartphone manufacturers will have to seriously redesign them. And if this is not so critical with standard models, then there will definitely be problems with folding ones. Their unusual layout includes 2 batteries at once in different parts of the case, and both must be removable according to the requirements.
If the bill is still adopted, it will seriously affect the modern gadget market. And manufacturers will have three and a half years to remake existing models to meet the requirements of European countries.