The biggest issue to sourcing a really good charger unit is, surprisingly, cost. It sounds like the kind of device where you should be able to get them by the bucketload on the cheap – and this is the case for some of the throwaway/inexpensive product that can be found on auction websites or similar. But we found out it’s not actually like that.
Let’s say you wanted to design a product that comes fully compliant with European RoHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) requirements. This can be done but bumps up the cost a little. Then we consider that it makes no sense to have to use a screwdriver to move a button to choose the right voltage for a … Read more
The thing is that this (the adapter breaking) isn’t really that unexpected. Imagine you’re a laptop manufacturer and you’re shipping out tens of thousands of units on a daily basis. The peripherals that aren’t physically inside the computer will ideally be made as cheaply as possible – yes, they do meet some form of standard of course and for the most part they’re not made so shoddily they’ll give up the ghost in a few months or anything like that – but at the same time, they’re certainly not made to last. They are there to do the minimum required job asked of them, and nothing more – so it’s no wonder that when something small goes wrong, they die.… Read more
It’s not unreasonable to say that we take our computer chargers for granted. After all, we (usually) get one that comes with our notebook when we first get it, and then we simply use it day-to-day and never think about it again.
That is, until we leave it at home and bring our machine to work. Or when we go on holiday and you’ve remembered your phone charger but not the one for your netbook. Don’t you hate when that happens? Nearly as common is when for whatever reason the unit just decides to stop functioning and breaks. Sometimes the light on it will just go out, occasionally we hear stories about how people even smell smoke. Until things like … Read more