Universal Laptop Charger Standard Announced By IEC To Reduce E-Waste

Posted: Dec 18 2013, 5:35am CST | by , in News | Technology News

 
Universal Laptop Charger Standard Announced by IEC to Reduce E-Waste
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IEC publishes first first globally relevant technical specification (standard) for a universal laptop charger to significantly reduced the e-waste.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has announced on Monday the publication of the first globally relevant Technical Specification for a single external charger for a wide range of notebook computers and laptops. And this new universal laptop charger standard promises to reduce e-waste.

IEC is an international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology. It had already published the first globally relevant Standard for a universal charger for data enabled mobile phones in 2011. This universal mobile phone charger standard is now being used widely. Almost 82% of European Standards in electrotechnology are identical or based on IEC International Standards.

There will now be a single charger for all types and brands of notebook computers. This new universal charger will be based on new IEC Technical Specification 62700 that will mainly reduce the e-waste. This new standard covers major aspects of external laptop chargers. This new standard will also cover connector and plug, as well as safety, interoperability, performance and environmental considerations used in the external chargers for notebook computers.

The new IEC universal laptop charger standard will do a significant and very real reduction of e-waste related to power supplies. This new IEC Technical Specification will allow customers to use a single external charger with a wide range of notebook computers. Now users can easily reuse or replace their external chargers. This new standard also ensures the reliability and performance of the charger. It also ensures that the charger is safe to use. IEC has achieved another important milestone in the reduction of e-waste by providing a single power supply covering a wide range of notebook computers.

IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk said, “The IEC International Standards for the universal charger for mobile phones has been widely adopted by the mobile phone industry and is already starting to help reduce e-waste. A single power supply covering a wide range of notebook computers is the next step in lowering e-waste and its impact on our planet. I am proud that the IEC has yet again managed to make the best possible technical solution available.”

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