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Why is it not possible to buy a charger with my Fairphone 2?

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Why we don’t offer a charger in our web shop

We don’t offer a charger for sale in our web shop because the Fairphone 2 is compatible with a standard microUSB type B charger that you might already own. By leaving it out we avoid charging you for something you don’t need, as well as reduce the amount of electronic waste.

The EU generates 10 million tons of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) per year. On average, this means 20 kg per person. An estimated 0.2% of the total WEEE consists of cables. That doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up to 20,000 tons of e-waste per year. Despite ongoing improvements in electronics design, we can’t reduce the growing pile e-waste pile in the long term unless we reduce the overall consumption of electronics.

Fairphone has chosen to use a micro USB adapter which is a standardized norm in the industry. Many consumers already have one of these. So, pretty please, check your drawers to see if you find a charger there! If you’re interested in learning more about the latest WEEE directives, you can find out more on the European Commission website.

What kind of charger can I use with my Fairphone 2?

The Fairphone 2 uses a standard microUSB type B charger with a nominal output of 5 Volts and 1 Ampere (or 1000 mA). Chargers with a USB port will normally meet these specifications. You can charge your phone either by connecting your data cable to your computer’s USB port, or by plugging a dedicated charger into a power outlet.

If you use an older charger for example a charger with an output of 5 Volts and 0.7 Ampere (or 700mA) your Fairphone will charge; it would only take longer to fully charge your phone.

Be aware: you have to connect your charger in the right way. If you connect it wrong/with too much pressure your can damage the connector.

If you experience any problems with charging your Fairphone 2 or connecting it to your computer, we recommend you to get a new charger and cable. Preferably made by an A-brand manufacturer. 


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