Low-power household electrical standard?

April 20, 2007 at 9:08 pm (computers, house, moan) (, , )

Why is it that there are so many different power adaptors with different current ratings, different voltages and different connectors?

I’ve just spent about half an hour sorting through a drawer full of adaptors for mobile phones, MP3 players, gameboys, digital cameras, battery chargers, etc – they are all different! And these are just the ones that recharge things. If I factor in the different ones we have that power novelty lights, computer peripherals, musical items, AV equipment, etc, our house must have hundreds of different power adaptors!

Just when you think you’ve got it sorted with a multi-voltage, multi-connector, multi-adaptor, you find something that needs 4.34V precisely!

Isn’t it about time we had a common UK standard for low-voltage devices? Do we really need all these different voltage levels and connectors? Is it beyond the wit of man to come up with a new plug and wiring system to sit alongside our 240V supply? We have a starting point, with the 12V car cigarette lighter standard (sort of). Shouldn’t be too hard. Really. Should it?

In the mean time, I’ll keep that drawer space reserved.


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