China Demands Standardized Cell Phone Chargers

Thanks to a move by China, multi-adapter phone chargers might be obsolete in the near future.

The country is demanding that its cell phone manufacturers switch to a standard input for recharging batteries in mobile handsets. It would be something similar to a USB port and would reduce electronic waste, since you wouldn’t be throwing out a charger every time you bought a new phone.

According to the story in Shanghai Daily, China has 450 million cell phone users and 100 million handsets are sold in the country each year. That’s a lot of extra chargers.

Unified chargers for all cell phones in China [shanghai daily]