Cable anxiety may be no more thanks to the European Union.

Bradley W. Deacon
3 min readJul 5, 2022
A cable sitt on on top of a lap top outside a cafe in London Side street
Photo by sebastiaan stam on Unsplash

Waking up this morning to read in the Washington Post ‘What Europes’s push to simplify chargers means to you’ by Chris Velazco was music to my ears. Not only is this great for the environment, but I am sure it will help end cable anxiety that we all experience from time to time.

Entering into a provisional agreement in June that will require most products to use the same USB-C charging port, including companies using proprietary technology like Apple.

While companies have until the fall of 2024 to modify their products to be compliant, only laptop manufacturers have a little longer to ensure they are all charged by a standard USB-C cable.

Environmentally Friendly

This is a game-changer for the environment. If you are like me, I have a draw full of cables, some dating back nearly 20 years, just in case they fit somewhere on a new device.

Once this breakthrough is commonplace, I can return them to an e-bin as e-waste at my supermarket and feel like I am taking another small step for the environment.

Cable Anxiety

Be gone with your cable anxiety, to leave the house with my Kindle, Chromebook (already charged via a USB-C port), and in the future, possibly my iPhone is an excellent pipedream I have had for a long time.

Finally, commonsense is prevailing.

Light Bulbs Be Next

Now, if only we can reach common ground on household lightbulbs, that would be a double bonus. Who doesn’t go wild at the supermarket when you need to replace one of your standard household lightbulbs. The list is endless and another anxiety point for me: warm white, cool white, bayonet, screw-in, let alone shapes and sizes.

Images by Photo by Sebastiaan stam on Unsplash and Zach Lucero on Unsplash

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Bradley W. Deacon

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