The Saudis are moving to a single port for charging - USB Type-C: what are the benefits?09.08.2023 | 07:52 |
A new rule is coming into effect in Saudi Arabia requiring all mobile phones and electronic devices to be charged exclusively through a USB Type-C port.
In recent years, many countries have adopted similar laws requiring the use of a Type-C connector for chargers. This is a global trend that aims to improve the quality and safety of charging, as well as simplify the connection to different devices and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
The Type-C connector has a number of advantages: it is fast, reversible (you can connect it to charging in either direction), versatile and compact, which makes it convenient and efficient for both consumers and manufacturers.
The innovation in SA will come into force on January 1, 2025 and will be implemented by the Saudi Organization for Standards, Metrology and Quality in cooperation with the Commission on Communications, Space and Technology.
The project will be implemented in two stages. The first phase will cover mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, e-readers, portable video game devices, headphones, keyboards, computer mice, portable navigation systems and speakers. The second phase of the project will start on April 1, 2026 and will also cover laptops.
Through this initiative, Saudi Arabia plans to significantly reduce domestic consumption of chargers and cables by more than 2.2 million units annually. It is also expected to reduce the amount of e-waste by 15 tons per year.