Extending the useful life of devices
We’re used to changing our electronic devices (along with all their accessories) quite regularly. But what if we could use them for much longer? This initiative is not only intended to increase the life of the chargers, but also of the phones themselves.
To fight against the hegemony of the telecommunications industry, the European Union intends to implement the "right to repair" in order to make our devices more durable. This new initiative would force manufacturers to facilitate the repair of the phones, as well as to update their software so that they do not become obsolete. In addition, they should use recycled materials during manufacturing and inform customers of the true useful life of the device they are buying.
As an addition to this resolution, there is also starting to be talk of allowing buyers to return their devices if they have manufacturing defects or do not comply with what the brand promised.
Another possibility that is being considered is to bring back removable batteries in smartphones, which would simplify their repair.
Concerns arose with the realisation that most Europeans do not recycle their phones, but these proposals would reduce the electronic waste we produce, thus reducing our ecological footprint.
A universal charger would help decrease our investment in technology since we could use it for all our devices, so we don't have to spend more than necessary. In this way, every time we buy a new phone, it would come by itself in the box, without any other added accessories, which would make it cheaper.
Easy and convenient
How many times has it happened that you leave home with the battery "in the red" and when you ask for a charger, none of those offered is the one you need? If all of our phones had the same input port, this would be a problem of the past.
In addition, we could clear out that drawer (every home has one) full of chargers that we've accumulated over the years and that, of course, we no longer use or even remember what device they went with.
We'd use the same charger for our phone, e-book, tablet, smart watch, etc.
Latest generation technology
Something important to keep in mind is the fact that technology does not stop and the devices and accessories that we use now are likely to become obsolete relatively soon. Today there are already portable mobile chargers and even wireless chargers are widely used.
The standardisation of input ports could mean a great advance in technology. Manufacturers would not be able to profit from the advantages of their fast charging device, for example, so they would have to work on new functionalities for their devices that would make a difference and incline the user to opt for one brand or another.
And chargers are just one of the mobile accessories that we're used to that would start to be sold separately. Today, we're already familiar with wireless headphones, and many smartphones already come without them included.
In short, something as simple as a single plug could change the way we view technology and help us become more aware of the environmental consequences of our actions. Even actions as basic as changing phone.