Charging gadgets

Wired reports on developments at Splashpower, a company based in Cambridge, which is developing wireless chargers for multiple gizmos. Basically you just place you mobile phone, PDA etc on a pad and they’re all magically (!) charged without the need for carrying around all those annoying cables and transformers.

I’ve always wondered why we charge devices that require such a low voltage using the normal household supply. Why not use lower voltage renewably powered chargers that don’t require bulky (and inefficient) transformers? And why do all companies insist on using a different adapter for chargers? Surely a standard for portable, personal gadgets would be possible and prevent us from needing a new charger every time we buy a new toy. Rant over. Let me know what you think.

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