All Smartphone, Laptop Users Should Be Able To Replace Batteries As And When Needed: European Union

Shreya Bose

Shreya Bose

Jan 01, 2023

The European Union has been passing laws pertaining to offering a better smartphone experience to users.

All Smartphone, Laptop Users Should Be Able To Replace Batteries As And When Needed: European Union

Apple gets bit

As it is a USB Type-C port for all phones has already been mandated which is something that Apple will have to abide by.

Then there is a rule requiring tech smartphone makers to allow participation of third-party app stores.

Now the latest legislation wants smartphone makers to make batteries more sustainable and usable to users.

How consumers benefit

It wants tech firms to offer devices the ability to easily replace batteries which can be achieved by removing the back cover of a smartphone, which is something that was available as an option to users a few years back.

But now phones and laptops are manufactured in such a way that the owner cannot change or check the battery on their own.

Hence, they are forced to go to service centers for which they end up paying a lot.

Just look at the high amount of money that Apple charges for any maintenance service of iPhones.

Significant savings

With the latest update, the profit margin of companies will likely reduce since device owners will be able to handle battery issues manually at a cheaper price.

The batteries will soon carry labels and QR codes to offer better information about them to consumers.

They will be informed about a battery’s capacity, performance, durability, chemical composition, and “separate collection symbol.”

The new law is applicable to all types of batteries such as electronic devices, automotive batteries, industrial batteries, electric vehicles as well as two-wheelers.

It is giving the OEMs a lot of time to abide by the law and implement it.

Required environmental data

From 2024, the companies will also be expected to report total carbon footprint, including from extraction to the recycling process.

This data will be used to set the maximum CO2 emission limit for batteries to better control its impact on the environment.

The new rule not only better evaluates carbon footprint, but also expects the battery manufacturers to “identify, prevent, and address human rights as well as labor issues in supply chains.”

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