1 May, 2024 @ 17:15
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All phones, tablets and other devices in Spain MUST be sold with the same type of charger from this date

All phones, tablets and other devices in Spain MUST be sold with the same type of charger from this date

AN EU directive that demands the supply of a single-sized charger for all mobile phones, phones, tablets, and cameras will be imposed by Spain in 2025.

It brings to an end an issue with different sized plugs required for leads across a range of electronic gear, though in reality standardisation has been taking place in recent years.

All such devices will now have to incorporate a USB Type-C charging port, according to the Minister of Digital Transformation, Jose Luis Escriva.

MINISTER ESCRIVA(La Moncloa image)

The Council of Ministers approved a change to the law on the sale of electronic equipment in a Royal Decree.

From next year all chargers for mobile phones, tablets, cameras, headphones, speakers or portable game consoles must be type C to offer greater convenience to the user.

Thanks to the new law, consumers will be able to use a single charger for a variety of newly purchased small and medium-sized portable electronic devices, all of which must have a built-in USB Type-C port.

Regardless of the manufacturer, the order will apply to all mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, e-books, keyboards, and mice, as well as video game consoles, speakers, navigation systems, and laptops.

For laptops, the same law comes into force in April 2026, said Jose Luis Escriva.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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