Even when it’s not charging your phone, that little plastic brick you plug into the wall is still consuming power. The electricity phone chargers draw in standby mode is a known source of inefficiency, but sometimes people forget (or refuse) to unplug.
The ASMO phone charger hopes to solve that problem. It’s billed as the first charger that doesn’t consume standby power. It automatically stops drawing power when a phone is unplugged, and then restarts when the phone is plugged back in.
This simple but brilliant idea had an unfortunate genesis. After a fire started by a phone charger razed his fiancee’s childhood home, Finnish inventor Asmo Saloranta decided to to make something better.
ASMO works with most devices that accept power through a USB port, and there’s even a nifty wood finish available. Its creators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund production but, if that doesn’t work out, maybe we could all just try to remember to unplug our phone chargers when we’re done?