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The USB-IF is certifying USB chargers going forward

Engadget logo Engadget 16/08/2016 Brittany Vincent
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There are so many USB chargers in the world, you're bound to get stuck with one that doesn't work the way it should, or it may not work at all. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced a Certified USB Charger Compliance and Logo Program to offer USB chargers for compliant USB Type-C devices.

Essentially, this means several USB chargers going forward will be certified based upon their specifications, meant to reduce the number of chargers consumers need to purchase or carry around, thus eventually minimizing the electronic waste in landfills that piles up as a result. Equipment will carry the promise that "it just works," according to Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO.

As the USB-IF notes, non-compliant chargers can pose a risk to the functionality of electronics, which you're probably well aware of if you've ever purchased a faulty piece of equipment that not only didn't charge properly but also made your devices function strangely. Companies will be encouraged to submit their chargers for testing to earn the USB-IF certification going forward, and this type of certification can only be a good thing for buyers.


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