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German politician wants EU to ban sealed-in batteries

Can't find any articles in English on this report. So, may Google Translate be with you.

The gist: The president of the German Umweltbundesamt (kinda like a federal agency for environmental issues like the EPA - but with power) wants the EU to ban the sales/production of phones, tabs, etc that have sealed-in batteries that aren't user-replaceable.
Point being? Devices like the Lumia 800 or iPads etc are more difficult to recycle.
And, with more budget devices getting sealed batteries, consumers may not bother with a costly replacement, and just dump the whole gadget once the battery starts acting up.

The original article can be read on heise online
Thanks to @janole on Twitter for sharing it.

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Pondlife  Nov. 13, 2012 at 13:19

Hard to argue with his reasoning. Wish him luck with it

Stelph  Nov. 13, 2012 at 13:20

Well although ive never bought the argument that Apple gave when they first started doing it (I think it was along the lines of "we can put bigger batteries in if we dont have to make them removable) I think this call for a "ban" is a bit rediculous, especially as I dont know anyone who (if their ipad broke) wouldnt stick it on ebay or take it to the nearest apple shop, rather than " throw it away"

Companies should be allowed to have built in batterys if they want, however the device should be manufactured to be easy to deconstruct if repairs are needed (too many devices are destroyed if they are to be taken apart) and companies should make it clearer how they can send their device off to get repaired, to give them credit Apple are quite good at this side of it with their well know "genius" staff

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 13, 2012 at 13:30

Well although ive never bought the argument that Apple gave when they first started doing it (I think it was along the lines of "we can put bigger batteries in if we dont have to make them removable) I think this call for a "ban" is a bit rediculous, especially as I dont know anyone who (if their ipad broke) wouldnt stick it on ebay or take it to the nearest apple shop, rather than " throw it away"

Companies should be allowed to have built in batterys if they want, however the device should be manufactured to be easy to deconstruct if repairs are needed (too many devices are destroyed if they are to be taken apart) and companies should make it clearer how they can send their device off to get repaired, to give them credit Apple are quite good at this side of it with their well know "genius" staff


Yes, but think of the (literally) thousands of cheap Android tab models? Or WP devices lowered to sub £90... who's gonna pay £50 or so in a year for a new battery?

Pondlife  Nov. 13, 2012 at 13:42

Besides stelph its not just about ones that work, broken and eventually just redundant ones that are too far behind the curve will get thrown away and recycling is very much key. And if you think smaller you think ipods don't get thrown away in huge quantities?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 13, 2012 at 15:17

Besides stelph its not just about ones that work, broken and eventually just redundant ones that are too far behind the curve will get thrown away and recycling is very much key. And if you think smaller you think ipods don't get thrown away in huge quantities?

Yes, and all those cheap mp3-players, digital cameras etc. And after 3 or 4 years who's gonna
replace a kindle or kobo or sony eReader battery? List is endless.

Pondlife  Nov. 13, 2012 at 21:16

Are there many cameras with fixed batteries then?

Rubisco  Nov. 14, 2012 at 06:45

You make a good point. Whilst I've sold on or recycled every mobile phone I've ever had, it never crossed my mind to recycle MP3 players. It's just not in the culture.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2012 at 07:22

True, pondlife, I've only seen a couple of really cheap cams with fixed batteries - but I guess they are the type Argos etc sell by the truckload...

Pondlife  Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:48

Thought the really cheap ones used AA or one that I spotted 3 AAA batteries (yep 3 perfect number for recharging.....)

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