Under the common charger rules, all small and medium-sized devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, speakers and cameras, will require the same charger, making it easier to find the right cable and reducing the amount of chargers you need to purchase and carry around.
Beginning in spring 2026, the requirement will also apply to laptops.
EU calls for common charger laws began about 10 years ago as part of its efforts to reduce e-waste and enforce more sustainable practices. The long-awaited common charger law was first approved in October but was officially published in the EU Official Journal this week, setting it into actual enforcement.
"This future-proof law allows for the development of innovative charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone -- from frustrated consumers to our vulnerable environment."
Many manufacturers, such as Samsung and Google, have already transitioned to making devices with USB-C charging ports. However, manufacturers that haven't -- like Apple, which has its exclusive Lightning port -- will be forced to meet the new requirements since the law will apply to all manufacturers without exceptions.
Apple's SVP of marketing, Greg Joswiak, told the Wall Street Journal that the company would comply even though "we [Apple] think the approach would have been better environmentally and better for our customers to not have a government be so prescriptive."