The days of hoarding various notebook chargers may soon be at an end, as a new technical specification for a power charger that will work with a wide range of notebooks from multiple manufacturers has been published.
The transition would be similar to that of the Smartphone and Tablet industries. Most mobile devices (excluding Apple), currently use a MicroUSB charger that will work with a multitude of devices from various makers. Not only is this more convenient for consumers, but it also helps to cut down on waste, as fewer people will discard of their old chargers when upgrading their device.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is now trying to introduce a similar universal charger for notebooks, and for good reason. The commission noted that billions of external chargers are shipped globally each year, and that most of these chargers are not compatible with other devices. Helping to account for an estimated half a million tons in e-waste in ICT charging devices.
The new technical specification will hopefully change this, making chargers interchangeable across most notebooks. Having a standard to work off of will also presumably make it easier for third-party manufacturers to produce safer and more reliable chargers.
The IEC has yet to announce how long this new initiative might take, but has confirmed with PC Pro that it is already working with a wide range of organizations to get the ball rolling.