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January 5, 2012

Take charge of your phone

How long do you leave your phone on charge for? Are you one of the millions of people who charge their phone and gadgets for far too long? Well it could be costing you more money than you think…

via Sohopeople

I’m officially one of the the worst culprits for over charging my phone. Just before I go to bed at night I plug my N8 in and it stays there for the best part of seven hours, when realistically it needs ………….

(i’ll let you tell me how long an N8 needs to fully charge at the bottom of this post)

A few days ago I found an interesting post on Gizmodo from Sam Gibbs regarding charging habits and the costs that people are incurring as part of their daily charging routine. Now, this may seem like a post focused solely on the UK but I can guarantee we are all globally guilty of throwing money from our wallets.

Here are some facts about charging that you may not have known, I discovered these on the Metro homepage from an E.ON survey (originally found by Sam of course):

  • ‘British people waste around £60 a year of electricity per household by leaving phones plugged in after they’ve finished charging’.


  • When this figure is applied to the whole country it equates to a total wastage of £134m!


  • ‘Overcharging a gadget can often do more harm than good. It can reduce the lifespan of batteries and prevents people from making easy savings on their energy bill’.


  • ‘The most overcharged devices are laptops (43%) and mobile phones (41%)’.


  • ‘Generally, mobile phones only take two hours to charge but most people leave them plugged in overnight’.


Now, every Nokia phone needs charging. This is unfortunately a fact of life. So how can we make sure that you are not wasting money in this tight fisted economic climate? Well, you may not know it but Nokia were the first mobile phone manufacturer to put alerts into mobile devices to remind people to unplug their chargers once they were fully charged.

By using that alert you can actively save money every day. Back in 2008 mobile phone manufacturers began using what is known as ‘Mobile Device Energy Rating’, the rating is based on the charger’s no-load energy consumption (i.e. the amount of energy a charger will continue to consume if you forget to unplug it from the outlet after the phone is fully charged). That rating is then displayed on a unique label which is featured on the packaging of our products.

Over the last decade Nokia have reduced the no-load consumption of our chargers by over 80% and in newer chargers by over 95%. There is even a Nokia Bicycle Charger kit to help bike riders economically and environmentally charge their phone using kinetic energy.

via france24english    

Would you change your charging habits to save you money? Let us know @Nokia_Connects