Selecting a USB-C charging receptacle that meets EU requirements

The EU now requires most portable communication devices with internal rechargeable batteries to include a USB-C chargign port. The EU directive, however, states:

“Only USB-C receptacles that are specified in standard EN IEC 62680-1-3 (referenced in Annex Ia) can be used (12, 16 and 24 pin)”.

Our product requires a vertical-mout receptacle, and that receptacle will be used only for charging, and a 6-pin receptacle would suffice electrically. It’s unclear, however, which Digikey offereings - if any - will meet the EU directive, because:

  • the EU specification is about $500 and not available otherwise
  • some of the Digikey offerings refer to X number of pins and y number of “dummy pins.” It’s not clear what a “dummy pin” is and whether a :dummy pin" constitutes a pin that can be counted toward the EU requirement of the receptacle havign at least 12 pins.

Anyone experienced in this area?


Stone MOuntain, Ltd.

Welcome to the Technical Forum. I would say no with the part numbers with the dummy pin. They should really be called a no connect. I looked at a blog on the Wurth website. Looking at the 12 pin explanation it appears all 12 pins are used. You can check this link:
Hopefully this will help. Maybe someone else has more on this than I have found.Usually multiple people can respond to a post like this .

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Since you want to meet CE regulations like this new charging standard, I highly recommend you get a CE testing laboratory involved now.

Most labs will consult during the design phase so you can avoid nasty surprises after the product design is farther along. They will have access to all the applicable standards and experts to properly interpret the standards. My employer and I have never regretted getting the test lab involved early in the design phase. Often it has saved many months of re-design and thousands of dollars in re-testing fees.


One of our highrunners like: USB4145-03-0230-C as USB 2.0 TYPE-C RECPT VERT SMT 2. (16 pins + 8 blind contacts) from GCT could be a good starting point.

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