With the exception of the iPhones, previous generation smartphones arrived with a plastic and metal back that can be easily removed to replace the battery. Unfortunately, it’s been several years since these designs were abandoned, with modern phones shipping with a “tight” approach that prevents users from easily accessing the battery without some tools. Fortunately, new rules put in place by the European Union may change all of that, requiring companies like Apple to make some drastic changes to future designs.
The new EU rules apply not only to smartphones, but to a variety of devices as well
After legislation was passed by the European Union requiring companies like Apple to offer products that rely solely on the USB-C port, the regulator has introduced some new rules when it comes to replacing batteries. Related information is provided below.
Parliament and the Council on Friday reached an interim agreement to reform EU rules on batteries and take into account technological developments and future challenges.
The agreed rules will cover the entire battery life cycle, from design to end-of-life and apply to all types of batteries sold in the EU: portable batteries, SLI batteries (energy saving for vehicle starting, lighting or ignition), light transport (LMT) batteries ( Provides the power needed to tow wheeled vehicles (such as motorcycles and bicycles), electric vehicle batteries and industrial batteries. “
To conserve the environment, there will also be a certain cap on CO2 emissions for batteries which will come into effect from July 2027. These cells will also need to use recycled materials with the following percentage of metals.
- cobalt – 16%
- Lead – 85 percent
- Lithium – 6 percent
- Nickel – 6 percent
The new rules are expected to provide consumers with better information about the batteries they purchase through labels and QR codes that let them know about capacities, performance, durability, chemical composition and a “separate lot” symbol. This can mean that consumers can also throw them away when those cells are no longer useful, prompting them to buy another unit.
“Three and a half years after the legislation went into effect, portable batteries in devices must be designed so that consumers can easily remove them and replace them themselves.”
Apple currently charges $99 to replace the battery on any iPhone 14 model, and what’s interesting is that this fee has increased from $69 for the iPhone 13 in the US, and the new EU rules could provide significant savings to customers while making an impact on for-profit projects. Of these companies, which may not be a pretty sight.
However, the new rules are still awaiting final approval by the European Parliament and the European Council, so we will keep you updated whenever there are changes.
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News source: European Parliament