EU wants your next iPhone battery, easier to replace

By simply taking out and replacing the battery, we could rapidly reset phones that were stuck in a reboot sequence or experiencing battery problems back in the day.

Today, phones are sealed shut from the factory due to the introduction of glass sandwich smartphones and the requirement for water resistance claims.

Legislators in the EU now want smartphone batteries to be detachable again for the sake of sustainability and reparability after successfully adopting regulations to mandate USB-C for charging devices.

According to reports from the NextWeb, new battery regulations from the EU may have a significant effect on manufacturers of consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

From the extraction of raw ingredients through the finished product for use in commercial and consumer applications, they want to improve every aspect of batteries.

It may seem like a step backward to advocate for user-replaceable or user-serviceable batteries, yet doing so would improve the reparability of electronic devices, at least within the EU.

Additionally, as most LiPo and Li-ion batteries are beyond repair at the service centre level, a removable battery would allow customers to prolong the lifespan of their phones without having to pay for costly battery-related repairs.

The EU mandates that at least 16% of the cobalt, 85% of the lead, 6% of the lithium, and 6% of the contained nickel in batteries should originate from sustainable scrap in order to support sustainable battery manufacture in the future.

To make sure businesses don’t run out of recyclable materials, lawmakers have set used product collection goals for them.

Regardless of the amount of battery trash that end users provide, recycling and product pickup shouldn’t cost them any extra money.

Understandably, even in the cosmopolitan IT sector, such heartbreaking transformations cannot occur suddenly.

Following the adoption of the regulation, the EU will give businesses 3.5 years to redesign batteries so that customers can easily remove and replace them on their own.Although the revolution requires re-management of sources with long-term supply chain planning so that the users remain unaffected,

Google has agreed with the EU in a recent investigation about antivirus, although other companies like Titan and OEMs don’t seem to like the idea of a removable battery. Also, the European Parliament and Council are delaying the approval, perhaps to give themselves time to prepare a proper debate over the issue.