#Technology

Photograph of a USB charger with various cables, beside an Apple power block

I have dozens of cables. Forcing a common standard won’t stop me getting more.

October 1, 2021

If the EU gets its way, there will be a common charging port on your mobile devices soon. Plans are afoot to standardise and do away with the pesky variety of cables and chargers clogging up our lives. The justification is to reduce waste. A noble cause.

Yet I'm not convinced plans to "force" phone companies to adopt a single port technology is the right answer. Over the past 3 years I've bought several mobile devices for testing and personal reasons, and the charging ports all fall into 3 camps: