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EU Targets Smartphone Batteries With New Regulation

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The European Union wants to prevent manufacturers from making it difficult for consumers to change their devices' batteries safely and cheaply, wrote Euronews.

The goal of the EU is: end users must be able to remove and replace the batteries installed in these devices. The regulations state that changing a battery must not require heat or a solvent to disassemble it. Nor shall the user have to resort to special tools.

Manufacturers sometimes use tricks to make this more difficult, the report noted.

They can still use smaller components of the battery to make repairs more difficult, or they can also include a program in their phones that gives a warning message to indicate that it is not an official battery, a message that often confuses consumers.

The goal of this regulation is to make repair, collection, and recycling easier, according to the article.

By 2027, some 63% of device batteries must be collected, the EU regulation stipulates. 

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