Leaving unused electronics plugged in is a massive source of wasted energy. And while leaving your cell phone plugged in after it’s charged might not seem like a huge power hog, consider US Department of Energy estimates that power vampires account for a whopping 100 billion kilowatt hours of wasted energy each year – costing homeowners billions of dollars. One clever solution is the Bracketron GreenZero device charger, which automatically shuts off power after charging is complete.
The nifty mushroom-like travel charger, which debuted at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, will hit shelves in May. It will be available with USB, micro-USB, and Apple-style 30-pin adapters; the integrated cord winder and folding plug make it especially travel-friendly.
Retail price will be $29.95; you can find complete specs for the Mushroom GreenZero Charger at the Bracketron website.
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