Saving the Planet with Plug Adapter Take-Back Programs
Today’s electronic items use a wider variety of cords and
plug adapters than ever. Hundreds of manufacturing companies may adapters for
companies like Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, and others. Many companies create
unlicensed adapters that have recently caused problems in the consumer market.
A few Apple knock-off adapters manufactured in China
were responsible for electrocuting users.
In response to this issue, Apple and other electronic
companies have created take-back programs for unused and unwanted adapters. The
programs work by accepting any unused or unwanted adapters and disposing of
them in an environmentally-responsible way in recycling centers and other safe
This plan helps eliminate electronic waste in landfills and
other recycling centers around the world. The electronic disposal of products
increases every day, and is poised to soon outweigh typical pollutants such as
plastic. One of the most dangerous issues with disposing of electronic power
cords in landfills is the content of the cords. Most adapters have batteries
and other materials that can leech into the ground, nearby water, and even into
other products surrounding the electronic adapter itself.
This poses a danger to the environment unlike others. By
companies creating take-back programs, they are benefiting the environment and
the safety of their customers around the world. Some companies are even
offering discounts on new power adapters and cords with the disposal of
unwanted models. This also benefits industrial factories by providing them with
the recycled parts used in old adapters.
Plug adapters, also referred to as plug converters, are electrical
devices that allow for plugs to connect to sockets that are otherwise
incompatible to each other. The incompatibility lies in both the
configuration, since if the electrical receptacle is not the same
configuration as the plug, the plug will not fit, as well as in the
While plug adapters do not convert electricity, they can be paired with voltage converters that step voltage currents up or down to even out the electrical differences. Voltage converters are necessary because higher or lower voltage systems than electrical equipment are designed to function on will either overload the device or not give it enough power to function properly. However, with a voltage converter, if an individual from the US went on vacation to Europe, they would be able to use their hairdryer without worry even though Europe runs on a much higher voltage current than the US. As a result, plug adapters can be useful for a wide range of international and domestic applications in industries such as appliance, electronics, medical, construction, commercial, home entertainment, industrial and military.
Plug adapters can differ in terms of tensile strength, design, wire sizes, stranding and color coding of conductors, depending on the country they are designed for. However, at their most basic design, plug adapters consist of a socket and a plug. The socket enables the device requiring electricity to connect to the adapter, while the plug is configured to match the power source, usually a wall outlet. While some plug adapters are specifically configured to match one country to another, such as US to South Korea, universal plug adapters are available. Universal plug adapters have a socket that can accept plug configurations of almost any country in the world, although South Africa is often an exception. Some examples of different plug configurations are Italy, which has three tubular metal prongs of equal length in a straight line across the plug, and Argentina, which has three square metal prongs that are flat, of equal length and arranged in a triangular configuration on the plug. In addition, examples of different voltage systems would be Bulgaria, which has a standard voltage of 220, and Nicaragua, which has a standard voltage of 120. In light of the numerous different plug configurations and voltage systems, it is easy to see why plug adapters are a necessary product for an increasingly globalized world.
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