Monday, April 7, 2014

RealLife : ComputerLife : Getting Rid of Wall-Warts : External Power Adapters for Electronic Goods

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Years ago anything electronic that you purchased had an internal power supply, you turned it on and off, when it was on it was consuming electricity, when you turned it of it was not, except in limited cases, the unit was still drawing some sort of extremely low amount of current.

    Today we are angrily greeted by everything we buy having some sort of AC adapter with all sorts of odd-ball voltage-current outputs, and to top it off none of them are labeled ( readily ) as to which device they belong to. I can't tell ya how many times I have watched hapless musician's plug in the wrong power adapter to a device that although it had the proper connector type, the voltage-current etc.. was incorrect.

    Anyways to make a long story short, Wall-Warts ( AC Power Adapters ) draw electricity 24/7, electronic component's with built in power supplies do not.

    It's time to outlaw these things.

JayR Cela

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