Items tagged with chargers

Most people would probably agree that having standards is a good thing. If anyone needs proof of this, just look at USB. The connector is one of the best innovations to ever happen to PCs, and is found on billions of keyboards, mice, digital cameras, flash drives, and practically everything else. So why is Apple protesting the European Parliament's push for a standard charger? Parliament's stance is that "a standard for a common charger must be adopted urgently," and it has called on the European Commission to implement "beef-ed rules on common chargers" no later than July of this year. "According to estimates, around 50 million metric tons of e-waste are generated globally per year, with an... Read more...
It can be a punch to gut having to pay a premium price for a genuine accessory from Apple (or any company for that matter). The alternative is to save a few bucks by going with a knockoff or a supposedly certified accessory from a third-party at a discount, but doing so is a gamble. A new study in the U.K. found that almost every single fake Apple charger is a safety hazard. U.K.'s Chartered Trading Standards Institute commissioned UL safety specialists to purchase 400 counterfeit Apple charges online and test them for any safety risks. Out of all those 400 samples, just three had enough insulation to protect users against electric shocks. This is a big problem that Apple is actively working... Read more...
A recent death that may have been caused by a faulty USB charger has prompted Australia's Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, to issue a warning to consumers about the potentially fatal risk of using non-compliant or otherwise unapproved USB style charges. These are typically cheap knock-offs that can find at discounted sites and on eBay. They can also be found in local stores. Stowe said that Fair Trading investigators recently removed a bunch of unapproved and non-compliant USB chargers, travel adapters, and power boards at a mobile phone accessory shop at a Campsie area. The person running the shop faces possible prosecution. In such cases, maximum penalties for an individual are $87,500... Read more...
On Monday, Nokia said it would recall and replace 14 million chargers made by China's BYD Co Ltd. While many say Chinese products are cheaply made, in this case they would be correct, as Nokia added that the chargers could fall apart. Specifically, the plastic covers of the chargers could separate, exposing the charger's internal components and potentially posing a shock hazard. At this point, however, Nokia is not aware of any incidents related to these chargers. The charger models involved are the AC-3E and AC-3U models, manufactured between June 15, 2009 and August 9, 2009, and the AC-4U model, which was manufactured between April 13, 2009 and October 25, 2009. To determine if your charger... Read more...
Everyone who has a cell phone has, somewhere, a drawer filled with old chargers from long-gone handsets. Those days soon will come to an end in Europe, where all the top mobile phone producers have agreed to make all their data-enabled sets use the same chargers. The European Commission, according to Reuters, announced the pact today. EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen hailed it as a movie that would save thousands of tons of waste each year on the continent. About 185 million new phones are bought annually in Europe and there are about 400 million cell phones total. While the pact doesn't apply to all phones - those that just accept standard calls and SMS texts can still have any old... Read more...