Thomas Grimm

Removable batteries in smartphones: the new EU proposal in the short term

After demanding the use of USB-C ports in the vast majority of electronic devices to save on costs and promote the universality and comfort of users, the new initiative of the European Union is to guarantee a new service to consumers, or rather, to demand a premise from the manufacturers; return to removable batteries in mobile phones.

Disassembling the mobile device and extracting the battery in case of any hit or problem was a very common practice, making it an accessible, versatile and manageable product. But, at a specific moment, the trend changed, the industry was revolutionized and batteries were no longer removable.

everything arrived by Apple in 2007. The new model iPhone featured multi-touch screens, usable mobile web browsing, and non-removable batteries. And the latter has become widespread and, in almost all of the phones that we find on the market, it is a common point. But the EU has an ace up its sleeve and wants to change the rules of the game!

Although it must have the approval of the European Commission, this new ordinance seems to be on the right track. The last regulation related to batteries came three and a half years ago, when industries in the sector were required to reduce waste and pollution.

Now, the next step is to create batteries that consumers can be easily removed and replaced.

a difficult process

Surely once, of the many times your phone has fallen to the ground, you have wanted to open it, or at least you have been tempted. And surely you have also failed in the attempt.

This is because most Apple, Samsung, and Google devices require separating the glass panels, melting the adhesive, and removing the batteries in order to replace the cell. There are companies that offer kits to supply us and carry out this operation ourselves, but we run the risk of causing irreparable damage to our mobile phone and, consequently, later the cost will be higher by having to take it to the technical service or replace it with a new model from the factory.

Although there are defenders of the return of removable batteries, the batteries integrated in smartphones provide uniformity, elegance Y higher charging power to devices.

The next seven years are going to be crucial for the smartphone industry, as the EU wants to revolutionize the market in order to contribute to the comfort of its users.

For all these reasons, the European Commission claims that in order to 2030 All manufacturers of electronic devices are required to offer recyclable batteriesalthough this is a proposal whose feasibility has yet to go through numerous studies before being put into circulation as regulations.

The arrival of portable batteries by law in the EU could also extend to the automotive sector. Manufacturers of electric vehicles would be forced to help with recycling and sharing electric vehicle batteries between drivers.

As a beneficial factor of this measure, I would highlight the reduction of the environmental and financial impact of electric vehicles, precisely at a time when regulations have increased these drawbacks.

It is true that these rules, in principle, would only affect the EU, although it would be necessary to see if the companies would be willing to manufacture separate hardware parts exclusively for the old continent.

However, the ball is now in the court of the European Parliament, which could adopt the regulation once the Commission has formulated its proposal.

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