European regulations requiring user-replaceable batteries

Kitchen Panda

Aug 28, 2011
I've just heard that the European Union will require (by 2030 or so) that all batteries in consumer products shall be user-replaceable without use of special tools, solvents or heat. As a flip phone owner who's actually taken advantage of being able to swap batteries without tools, I think I like this notion. Even my wrist watch has a user-changeable battery in it. But I also have several small flashlights that are glued shut or otherwise difficult to access the battery.

I wonder what effects we'll see on the small flashlight market. Or, maybe there is some language that will effectively make the life of the battery the life of the product?

You recall, the EU is also the reason that cell phone chargers moved away from 1023 different proprietary plugs to USB. Likely these regulations will have world-wide effects.


Jun 23, 2003
central time
I think that overall it's a good idea, but think that there are going to be some intersections between reality and idealism that will end badly.

They could have just said replaceable with reasonable tools by repair shops for modest fees and we would be good (no glue in other words).

I mean, this rule doesn't even hold true for your vehicle battery.

I've got a solar rechargeable watch... this is gonna be a BIG problem for those particular devices.

It's like the 1980's all over again... broken battery doors on all devices held closed with tape.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Feb 2, 2012
Miami, Florida
I had two LG FlipPhones for 17 years and a Qualcom that allowed me to replace the batteries. Loved them. I have smaller Nikon and Sony cameras still, which allow me to change my own and those are fine while I can still find them.

4.5 year old iPhone XS Max and I'm still 'at' 93% and the Apple store drone told me that they won't replace them until they hit 80%, regardless of my wanting to do so, so I'm out of luck, even though the phone works well for me.

I don't think 93% is reality, but that's what they told me.



Feb 29, 2004
I've got a solar rechargeable watch... this is gonna be a BIG problem for those particular devices.
Depends on the specifics of how special tools is defined. Pretty sure that precision screwdrivers and a simple prying tool won't be classed as such. A watch case claw tool probably isn't in everyone's toolbox but unlike a certain OEM's pentalobe screwhead bits it's readily available on the open market from many suppliers for a modest sum.


Newly Enlightened
Nov 17, 2023
Generally with E waste, theres nothing worse than battery powered devices being made
redundant purely because the batterys end of life, and nothing wrong with the device
itself, and those that can be got into having to need an expensive
proprietary tool, that is deliberately designed to hinder and capitalize for
financial gain by the manufacture. There will be room for amendment and this
goes in favour of the consumer, as far as I see this is a good direction to go, maybe it
will help slow our insatiable appetite for the resources, not to mention the lack
of space to dispose off waste, we export some of our waste to other countrys
and leave them to deal with, so if this works towards helping overall ? thumbs up


Flashlight Enthusiast
May 8, 2017
Eastern Europe
The idea itself is good, but everything will depend on the exact wording. For example, consider this part as the entire battery, or make it possible for the user to climb inside and easily remove and replace the individual elements themselves?


For example, my friend's battery for a screwdriver died, I was able to disassemble it with a screwdriver, but it was also filled with compound, and when I disassembled it, it turned out that all the batteries were connected to each other by spot welding. There were 4/5 SC NiCd batteries inside. If make such a block disassembled by the user, then you do not need to use welding, but contact springs or connectors with soldered wires. This will increase the number of failure points as hand tools fall frequently and so does the cost. And there will also be a problem of selecting identical elements to assemble a new battery; not everyone has the desire to tinker with this


Flashlight Enthusiast
Oct 31, 2002
Not yet heared of that, around here
but in general seems a good idea.
But it will be killed, a usual, from the tiny not-knowing-horizont of our politicians.
Explanation, be4 You type I am only negative:
as the MUST for the usb-c charging plug was mentionned...
in general a good ideal,
but totally screwed!
There should have been an evaluation what is present:
Micro usb: working, but flimsy,
Apple plug: in general quite good, but not enough space between the contact plates, and
Usb-c: better than Micro-USB, but also the Problem of that hollow plug crap.
And in the end the solution should have been a plug in the size of usb-c, but only an outside contact plates "stick" like the Apple lightning plug.
That were the one working ultimate solution universal plug.
But the persons have/had no clue, so just decided between existing versions, which all have their - known - faliures each.