Universal laptop charger announced

Plans to create a single laptop charger have been announced.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has detailed the plans in an attempt to cut down on e-waste.

Every year billions of chargers are sold, but are generally not transferable from one computer to the next. Misplaced or lost chargers lead to laptops – which work perfectly well – being discarded, and this creates up to 500,000 tons of waste annually. The IEC is planning to make chargers which will work with a variety of different laptops. and are also environmentally sound, reliable and easy to reuse or replace.

Frans Vreeswijk, IEC general secretary and CEO, said: “A single power supply covering a wide range of notebook computers is the next step in lowering e-waste and its impact on our planet.”

“I am proud that the IEC has yet again managed to make the best possible technical solution available,” he added.

The IEC Technical Specification 62700: DC Power supply for notebook computers, which was designed with the input of experts from around the world, will be available at the beginning of 2014.