AT&T Launches Low-Energy, Recycled Content Chargers
AT&T has launched a line of phone chargers with housings made of at least 30 percent post-consumer plastics. The wall and car chargers are also Energy Star 5-rated, meaning that they use “minimal “power when plugged in, AT&T says.
The wall chargers also meet California’s Energy Commission 2013 efficiency standards and were designed to reduce “vampire draw”, the name give to energy the charger uses when it is plugged into the wall but is not attached to a phone. The wall chargers consume less than 0.3W when not in use. AT&T says that if a customer were to leave the wall charger plugged in for a year without use, it would consume only the equivalent of a 100-watt light bulb left on for a day.
Both single and dual USB models of the wall charger are available, meaning that it should work with virtually any mobile device, and can be used abroad.
In 2010, AT&T released the ZERO, a charger that boasted zero vampire draw.
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