Phone industry unites on chargers, RIM should join in

Don’t leave me plugged in or your power bill will regret it.

Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG Electronics launched on Wednesday a common energy rating system for chargers, making it easier for consumers to compare and choose the ones consuming the least energy. The new ratings system ranges from five stars for the most efficient chargers down to zero stars for the ones consuming the most energy. While it seems like a small thing, this new initiative could have a positive environmental impact:

“If the more than three billion people owning mobile devices today switched to a four- or five-star charger, this could save the same amount of energy each year as produced by two medium sized power plants,” Nokia said in a statement.

If left plugged into the socket, chargers continue to use electricity even if the phone is disconnected. Nokia said around two-thirds of the electricity used by mobile phones is wasted this way.

RIM: you’re a leader in the smartphone space. Join with these other manufacturers and become a green leader as well. I want a GreenBerry charger!

|via Reuters|

1 Response to “Phone industry unites on chargers, RIM should join in”

  1. 1 DavidB

    Seems to me unless these folks are talking about developing a charger that is so smart it draws no juice unless a phone is plugged to it, we’re talking about chargers that “draw” less. Less “draw” means less output, hence longer charging times.

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