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Adapters comply with U.S. Energy Independence, Security Act

Posted: 02 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:linear adapter? unregulated adapter? U.S. Security act?

PLA Series

Phihong offers an extended line of unregulated switching adapters that comply with the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act that goes into effect this month.

Designated the PLA Series, the adapters are available in 1W, 2W, 3W, and 5W single output voltage models and meet Level IV efficiency. The PLA adapters can be used in place of non-compliant unregulated linear adapters and are suitable for applications such as cordless headsets, Bluetooth device chargers and cellphones.

"Phihong is the only manufacturer offering a complete range of adapters that comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act, and the only one making linear replacement adapters available as standard solutions to the general market," said Keith Hopwood, VP of marketing for Phihong USA. "While the new regulations are forcing manufacturers to design alternatives to the linear adapters they are currently using, Phihong is doing it in support of our longstanding company-wide green initiative."

The company is also offering its PLA Series of linear replacement adapters at a lower cost than traditional switching adapters because they have eliminated the control and feedback circuits and components. In addition, the adapter simply uses one primary control circuit. "The products have the benefits of a wide-range input switcher but the output regulation is more like a linear product," Hopwood said.

The PLA devices are available as fixed wall plugs (1W, 2W, 3W, 5W) feature high efficiency, double insulation, short circuit protection with auto recovery, and are safety approved by UL as limited power sources. The devices also have no-load power consumption of less than 0.3W, zero minimum load and meet the minimum efficiency required by Energy Star and the Energy Independence and Security Act. Unlike linear adapters, these products have a wide input voltage range of 90- to 264Vac.

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