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Device Chargers Go Green

Kim Hart

Toting around multiple electronic chargers has become the great curse of the digital age. On this trip I brought along four chargers: one each for my laptop, Blackberry, cellphone and iPod. They waste power and quickly end up in landfills.

Green Plug wants to change that with its new universal power device. Hook the device up to a computer (a plugged-in computer, of course), plug in your charger cables, and the Green Plug device can detect how much power is needed to charge up pretty much anything., even power tools. It tells you how many volts are being directed to each port on the device, using only enough energy needed.

At a time when everyone's looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly, Green Plug got a pretty good reception. But it still seems like you'd need to carry a bunch of cords with you, in addition to the device that hooks up to your computer, to make it work. I guess that's better than having to use the bulky adapters that plug into the wall.

By Kim Hart  |  January 30, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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This sounds like a next-gen version of my igo (www.igo.com) , which doesn't need a computer, but does have plugs for different devices.

Posted by: Aaron | January 30, 2008 2:17 PM

Hi Kim,

Thanks for covering Green Plug. I wanted to clear up a couple of things. What we showed at DEMO was our charger connected to a laptop in two ways. First it was acutally powering the laptop (19V) in addition to a bluetooth headset, and a 5V lamp. Second it was connected to the laptop's display input, solely for the purposes of demonstrating that the device is intelligent and knows what devices are connected to each port and how much power they need.
Actual Green Plug enabled power supplies do not need to be connected to the display inputs of laptops. They are standalone multiport chargers. We envision that some Green Plug power supplies will have LCDs right on the face that will display how much power is being drawn on each port. If you think about the experience today, you need to turn on your cell phone and find a tiny icon to see how charged your phone is. With a Green Plug power supply with an LCD display, you'll be able to see on a much larger display how charged your phone and other devices are right on your power supply that'll be off the floor and on your desk.

For further clarifications feel free to email seth at greenplug.us and once again thank you for writing about Green Plug.

Thanks,
Seth Socolow, VP Business Development
Green Plug, Inc.

Posted by: Seth Socolow of Green Plug | January 30, 2008 7:30 PM

Hi Kim,

Thanks for covering Green Plug. I wanted to clear up a couple of things. What we showed at DEMO was our charger connected to a laptop in two ways. First it was acutally powering the laptop (19V) in addition to a bluetooth headset, and a 5V lamp. Second it was connected to the laptop's display input, solely for the purposes of demonstrating that the device is intelligent and knows what devices are connected to each port and how much power they need.
Actual Green Plug enabled power supplies do not need to be connected to the display inputs of laptops. They are standalone multiport chargers. We envision that some Green Plug power supplies will have LCDs right on the face that will display how much power is being drawn on each port. If you think about the experience today, you need to turn on your cell phone and find a tiny icon to see how charged your phone is. With a Green Plug power supply with an LCD display, you'll be able to see on a much larger display how charged your phone and other devices are right on your power supply that'll be off the floor and on your desk.

For further clarifications feel free to email seth at greenplug.us and once again thank you for writing about Green Plug.

Thanks,
Seth Socolow, VP Business Development
Green Plug, Inc.

Posted by: Seth Socolow of Green Plug | January 30, 2008 7:30 PM

Hi Kim,

Thanks for covering Green Plug. I wanted to clear up a couple of things. What we showed at DEMO was our charger connected to a laptop in two ways. First it was acutally powering the laptop (19V) in addition to a bluetooth headset, and a 5V lamp. Second it was connected to the laptop's display input, solely for the purposes of demonstrating that the device is intelligent and knows what devices are connected to each port and how much power they need.
Actual Green Plug enabled power supplies do not need to be connected to the display inputs of laptops. They are standalone multiport chargers. We envision that some Green Plug power supplies will have LCDs right on the face that will display how much power is being drawn on each port. If you think about the experience today, you need to turn on your cell phone and find a tiny icon to see how charged your phone is. With a Green Plug power supply with an LCD display, you'll be able to see on a much larger display how charged your phone and other devices are right on your power supply that'll be off the floor and on your desk.

For further clarifications feel free to email seth at greenplug.us and once again thank you for writing about Green Plug.

Thanks,
Seth Socolow, VP Business Development
Green Plug, Inc.

Posted by: Seth Socolow of Green Plug | January 30, 2008 7:30 PM

I believe that this is a great device, but if you go to www.tybit.com you will find hundreds of more information on this and many more products. Electronics grow bigger and bigger every day, and this is a perfect example of it

Posted by: John Smith | January 31, 2008 2:50 PM

I believe that this is a great device, but if you go to www.tybit.com you will find hundreds of more information on this and many more products. Electronics grow bigger and bigger every day, and this is a perfect example of it

Posted by: John Smith | January 31, 2008 2:50 PM

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