Every device I buy seems to comes with way too many cords, many of which are incompatible with any other device I own. Today I was looking for a power cable for my Logitech Air Mouse , which I haven’t used for a long time, and had to comb through a giant ball of cords to find it. Luckily it was in the first ball of cords (pictured) I looked through and I didn’t have to go hunting for it in my attic.
I realize I should be more organized, but does every notebook, camera and phone really need its own cables? Do we really need five different USB connectors, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a universal standard?
Many manufacturers don’t even bother to make chargers compatible with more than one device. For example, my mom’s Samsung Blackjack charger isn’t compatible with my dad’s Samsung Blackjack 2. This means they have to double up on car and home chargers. The four HP notebooks and tablets I’m using right now require a trio of adapters.
I’m not the only one fed up with all the unnecessary cords. Green Plug is trying to change things by getting manufacturers to adopt its Universal Charging Solution technology, which consists of a universal power connector and smart chargers that communicate with devices to reduce energy consumption.
The CTIA and other industry associations are on board with the concept. Within a few years cord spaghetti balls like mine could be a thing of the past. If you are sick of multiple adapters you can support the cause by visiting iWantMyGreenPlug.com and telling them which devices should be part of the program. You can learn more about Green Plug at GreenPlug.com.
Here’s an image of what the Universal Charging Solution may look like:
Do you have a pile of cords laying around?