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Top 5 Cell Phone Makers Launch Green Charger Initiative

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Nov 19, 2008, 8:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The world's top five handset manufacturers have launched a new campaign meant to reduce the amount of electricity consumed and wasted by mobile phones. The companies involved include Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG Electronics. The companies have implemented a rating system for cell phone chargers — from zero to five stars — that gives consumers a better idea of how efficient their chargers are. This will help them easily choose a more efficient charger. Cell phone chargers continue to draw electricity when left plugged in, even if the phone is not connected. Up to two-thirds of all the electricity consumed by cell phones is wasted by chargers that remain plugged into the wall.

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Nov 19, 2008, 2:03 PM


It seems to me that the amount of power these chargers use even when charging a phone is so small. Surely there has to be better use of the time to make bigger impacts than saving such a tiny amount of power.
thats kind of the same thing i was thinking, especially when its not charging a phone. obvisiously it still uses some electricity, but its gotta be an incredibly small amount.

Nov 19, 2008, 11:31 AM

While they're at it...

...let's hurry up and standardize on Micro USB.

Imagine: you buy one energy-efficient charger, and it will fit every phone you own after that.

Less frustration, less stuff in the landfill.
You are 100% correct and in addition charge extra for new chargers instead of packaging them with phones
this doesnt sound like there will be any profit made. So no dice. Many people would want this to happen however
i've noticed that some LG phones (like the env2) are going to the micro usb, which the new motorolas use...

and today i saw that vzw bb storm uses the micro usb as well.

so there is SOME transition going on to what Squid suggested at the begin...

Nov 19, 2008, 6:52 PM

No they need a Smart charger

One that would come on when the phone is plugged in and shut off when there is no phone connected.

Now THIS is a good idea!!!

Nov 19, 2008, 9:41 PM


How how about a freakin' .02 cent toggle switch on the charger. We are a nation of idiots.

Nov 19, 2008, 11:50 AM

But they come in the box......

How do you choose when you want a more efficient charger for you phone and they all use different ends. Does not make sense unless they are all going to use the same end.

Nov 19, 2008, 10:49 AM

what I want to know

is Why aren't those cell phone powerhouses Huawei, Sendo and ZTE onboard with this initiative?

don't they care about our environment???
Good question. I'm thinking maybe the ones listed make their own chargers and the ones you listed do not. Just a guess.
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