Germany’s Federal Environment Agency backs ban on sealed smartphone batteries

November 24, 2012
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For the longest time, Android owners put removable batteries on the list of pros that they’re phones had over arch rivals, iPhones. Recent offerings from OEMs like HTC and Motorola have been devices with non-removable batteries. The Federal Environment Agency in Germany wants to do something about it.

The Federal Environment Agency in Germany has called for a ban on sealed smartphone batteries. Also called non-removable batteries, The President of the agency is quote as calling them grotesque and environmentally unfriendly. After all, if you can’t remove the battery, how are you supposed to recycle them?

They aren’t pushing for a ban like the bans you read about in patent lawsuits. What the FEA would like to see is an amendment made to the Ecodesign Directive to include restrictions on non-removable batteries.

Is Germany on the right track with this?

They made a number of logical arguments, so it makes a lot of sense. Android OEMs only use non-removable batteries to give devices a larger battery without affecting the size. However, the aforementioned environmental concerns seem to make more sense. Many OEMs have no trouble keeping a low profile while including bigger batteries.

Phone Arena has also mentioned the cost of replacing non-removable batteries as well as the lives of the batteries themselves. According to Phone Arena, iPhone batteries only hold 80% of their charge after a year of use and they’re pretty expensive to replace.

Is Germany on the right track with asking for bans on sealed batteries in smartphones? Let us know what you thought.

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