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Common Charger Plan Condemned

Common Charger Plan Condemned

March 13, 2014



The introduction by the EU of a common charger for mobile phones has been criticised by local MEP Paul Nuttall.

“This is a backwards step because imposing a single charger stifles innovation, curbs research, and may impose extra costs on the consumer,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“The alternative and better action is to encourage diversity, competition and greater development.

“The EU is hamstrung by the ideology of one-size-fits-all, be it economic policy, currency, fisheries policy and now even phone chargers. 

“The UKIP alternative is to allow diversity to flourish and let the consumer, not the legislator or regulator decide.”

The European Parliament in Strasbourg today passed the legislative report by Barbara Weiler MEP for a common charger.


  1. David /

    By the same reasoning, has standardising computer connections using USB stifled innovation? Or has standardising mains electricity connections by the use of a 3-pin plug and socket nationwide stifled innovation in the entire range of electrical goods industries? No, not a jot.

  2. David, you make a reasonable point; but the crucial difference is that mobile phones are so small that the constraints on design are much greater.Read More……

    • David /

      If the manufacturers themselves are in favour of the standardization of chargers, as are technological experts, perhaps everyone ought to be.

    • Charles Fox /

      The three pin power socket is purely for electricity.
      Mobile phones use the socket for communication as well.
      USB standards were defined by usage rather than decree, and
      have evolved with the change in devices.
      I mock my apple using colleagues with their non-standard connections
      and would rather the manufacturers agreed on appropriate standards, but
      would not want it to be inflicted by a committee.
      Try connecting your ‘phone by SCART

  3. Roger North /

    Technically, it was incorrect to mention the 3-pin plug because what opened up the electrical goods industry in Britain was in fact the standardization to the 240-volt 3-phase supply.

    However, the key point is standardization.

    Throughout the history of industry there are so many examples where standardization has been proven to be of benefit irrespecitve of whether it has been a de facto standard driven by the industry, such as USB, IBM compatibility, Windows compatibility, automotive 12-volt negative-earth, etc., or standardization by decree.

    More recently in the audio-visual industry SCART has been replaced by HDMI. Another standard. And most recently there has been the announcement of yet another improvement to USB,

    And we must not forget that USB – both standard size and mini – allows both data and power for a huge range of devices, whether they be fixed such as desktop computers or mobile such as phones and tablets.

    To conclude, though, standardization – whatever its origin – does not “stifles innovation, curbs research, and may impose extra costs on the consumer”. Far from it – it allows industry to flourish and gives comsumers choice.

  4. Antony Rutter /

    I applaud you gents for ‘having it out’ about this situation but I feel this is a situation that doesn’t need attention. Forcing this issue is not going to correct it, if left alone eventually everyone except the forename company will become universal leaving people to stop buying there products as nobody likes a spoilsport, believe in the people to fix this.

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