On-the-go electronics are becoming a larger part of our daily lives, but why are the power adapters for these items so big? These chargers are usually bulky, not travel-friendly, and expensive to replace. Because this was the norm among laptops and many other electronics, it didn’t seem a serious concern.
However, computer manufacturers were using a lot of materials to design these brick-shaped battery packs, ultimately contributing to the world’s ongoing sustainability problem by overusing the Earth’s resources.
At FINsix, a startup based out of Boston, a team found a way to boost performance of these adapters, without needing as many products. Because of their new designs, consumers will now have the option to use a charger that is 75 percent smaller than its conventional counterparts, MIT Technology Review reported.
The battery pack on these adapters isn’t too much bigger than Apple’s iPhone charger, but it has the capabilities to work for multiple devices because it can convert DC and AC power It also has a USB port so customers should no longer have to carry multiple cables for their electronics. This charger can provide power for anything between 30-300MHz, according to Tree Hugger.
Because the charger is smaller, electricity circulates through the adapter much faster, which greatly improves “efficiency and making it practical to sue frequencies 1,000 times higher,” Technology Review’s Kevin Bullis wrote. The adapters we used in the past took much longer to generate power, resulting in energy losses time and again.
Business owners who are looking to make the most of readily available resources can apply this goal to their office. Instead of visiting a quality office furniture retailer, where brand new pieces cost thousands of dollars, why not opt for lightly used commercial furnishings? Pre-owned desks, chairs, and filing cabinets will come at a fraction of the cost, while decreasing the average amount of waste that goes into local landfills.