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

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Bloggers quip that Apple is unlikely to play ball.

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 However, the blueprints...will not be published until early next year.


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.


[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.


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.


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.


Who is betting Apple won’t be onboard?  MORE

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