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What is the future of the laptop charger and power cable market?

We all know that at the moment the ‘green movement’ is gathering momentum. People, companies and governments are starting to look far more closely at issue of recycling, waste disposal and power conservation. These issues all have the potential to affect the laptop charger market in a significant way. The power conservation issue has already to some extent been addressed by the introduction of new power and energy efficiency legislation which affects laptop adapters.

The issue of recycling is a tricky one when it comes to laptop power cables. At the moment all the manufacturers have their own specific type of laptop adaptors. So for example Acer laptop charger will be different to Sony laptop power cables which will be different again to Samsung adapters. The obvious result of this is that when you get a new laptop you will need a new laptop power supply, as opposed to being able to re-use your old power unit. This has obvious implications for creating electrical waste when compared to a situation where there was one type of universal charger that worked on all different types of laptop.

Dont expect this seemingly small issue to be an easy one to solve. The big manufacturers make a lot of money from selling accessories, and also there are technical differences between different laptops which quite legitimately will require different input power ratings. Watch this space, but dont expect an Apple laptop power cable to be the same as a Dell charger any time soon.

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