Richi Jennings

IEC/TS 62700 to ''solve'' laptop charger problems

December 18, 2013 6:22 AM EST

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The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is on a mission. It wants one standard for laptop chargers. Technical Standard 62700 will supposedly bring us to that promised land of plug ubiquity and lowered e-waste.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers poke holes in the idea.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 
Shaun Nichols kicks off:

The standards body said that its proposed design would ensure compatibility between DC-powered notebooks by establishing a common interface. ... However, the blueprints...will not be published until early next year.
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In addition to providing a common format for connecting a charger, [it aims to] establish improved design, safety and environmental impact standards.  MORE


 
And Jamie Hinks adds:

The IEC [says] it wants to attempt to reduce the e-waste related to chargers that is estimated at half a million tons per year and is not just the chargers themselves. When chargers are lost or break often computers are also thrown away.
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[It] follows the earlier released common standard for mobile phones that was adopted by the European Union.  MORE


 
IEC CEO Frans Vreeswijk is easy for you to say:

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. ... I am proud that the IEC has yet again managed to make the best possible technical solution available.
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The IEC is all about bringing concrete, feasible solutions to the market place. We welcome input from many sides to make our work as broadly relevant as possible [and] enable industry, research institutions and other stakeholders to consistently develop better, more environmentally friendly products.  MORE


 
So Rich Trenholm is hopeful:

Mobile phones have all charged using micro-USB since manufacturers signed an EU agreement in 2009 -- and it's brilliant. The advantage of standard chargers are many and obvious: you can use anyone's charger, so you don't have to worry about your phone dying when you're round at a friend's house or at work. It's easier to buy a new lead, as you don't have to hunt down a weird-shaped plug. And you can keep your old charger when you get a new phone, cutting down on the amount of electrical waste thrown away, plus giving you a spare so you're less likely to have to buy a new charger should you lose one.
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But...wires are so twentieth century anyway. I want wireless charging in tables and cars and everywhere you go so you can just plonk your phone, laptop or gadget down to charge it up when you're having a coffee or at the pictures. Cables be darned!  MORE


 
But Fluffy the Destroyer isn't hopeful:

Dell, HP, Alienware [etc.] will do anything in their power to not comply with this standard. This means less chance to get money out of customers pockets.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, IT4CWC looks cynically towards Cupertino:

Yeah, this sure will be nice for IT Professionals like myself who have to try to keep every type/brand on hand in case a user needs one.
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Who is betting Apple won’t be onboard?  MORE


 

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