There’s no way to overlook the fact that the European Union has been working hard to make a difference in the smartphone stratosphere. Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen how the European Union is pushing Apple to switch to USB Type C. In addition, there’s also a law in the works that would allow other app stores, along with sideloading.
And last but not least, the EU is also looking to enforce 5 years of security updates and 3 years of OS updates for both iPhones and Android devices. Now, the latest efforts from the European Union focus on making it easier for everyone to replace the phone battery, which was previously inaccessible.
Replacing a phone battery may be easy thanks to the European Union, but will Apple and Samsung budge?
The European Union has proposed a new regulation to make phone batteries more sustainable and reusable. The new regulation isn’t just about your ability to replace the battery. However, it also takes into account aspects such as battery life cycle, material extraction, disposal, etc. If this regulation goes into effect, replaceable smartphone batteries may eventually make a comeback.
In addition, the new proposal will make it easier for consumers to learn more about the phone battery they have purchased. This change will be offered via stickers or QR codes. If you have purchased a phone battery while in the EU, you will be able to obtain information such as capacity, performance, durability, chemical composition, and more.
The new regulation will not only benefit consumers, but society as a whole because, based on the proposal, manufacturers will have to start working on and implementing a “due diligence policy” that will address the social and environmental risks associated with battery manufacturing. This means that the batteries produced must contain a minimum amount of recycled material, which ranges between 16% cobalt, 85% lead, 6% lithium, and 6% nickel.
The latest EU regulations don’t just extend to your standard phone battery. You are looking for SLI, LMT, EV and industrial batteries. While all of this is great, it will still be three and a half years for manufacturers before they start designing batteries that allow users to “easily remove and replace them themselves.” You can read the entire press release here.
The idea of being able to replace my phone’s battery sounds cool, but knowing companies like Apple and Samsung, it won’t be easy. Sure, the Right to Repair movement was excellent, but we have to understand that replacing batteries at their current stage requires a certain level of skill that regular users just don’t have. On the other hand, user-replaceable batteries are a great idea. You take the battery out, put the new one in, and you’re good to go.
Tell us what you think about the latest step taken by the European Union.