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posted by janrinok on Monday November 21 2022, @11:10AM   Printer-friendly

India follows EU's example in requiring USB-C charging for smart devices

India is on a path to require USB-C charging ports in almost all smart devices following actions taken by an inter-ministerial task force.

Rohit Kumar Sing, Secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs, said the move is "in the interest of consumer welfare and prevention of avoidable e-waste."

The broad consensus in the meeting was that USB-C would be required for electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops – but "feature phones" could end up with a different charging option. A sub-committee was formed to determine the fate of wearable devices.

But things won't change overnight. The move toward USB-C will be done in phases to ensure industry and consumers alike have time to adapt.

Previously: USB-C to be Mandatory for Phones Sold in the EU by Autumn 2024
UK Will Not Copy EU Demand for Common Charging Cable
Apple to Put USB-C Connectors in iPhones to Comply With EU Rules

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  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Monday November 21 2022, @09:11PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Monday November 21 2022, @09:11PM (#1280892)

    Until then, you can get universal bend-to-disconnect magnetic-ended cables and charge (albeit slowly) any lightning and micro/USB/C port devices. There are lots of different manufacturers; I've used this brand [] and they're worth trying for under $20 a set. Just in time for the holidays!

    Not to advertise, but I've also had good luck with this charger []. It's quite compact, intelligently turns ports on and off as the devices connected to them show a full charge, and was one of the few things I was able to get for a friend that already has everything, that he was able to use right away. I also velcro command-stripped one to a hallway file cabinet at work a while back, and lots of people used it there too without ever running out of ports.