What to do with Power Adapters

Saturday, November 22, 2008
I decided to clean out my closet today. There is a lot of junk there. Most of it, I have lugged around from place to place with me across the country.

One thing I noticed I had quite a lot of were various power adapters. You know, the thing that comes with every electronic device and has the big ugly wall wart on it? They come in all shapes and sizes, and they differ in the plugs they use at the end of them.

The thing is, I'm sure for some of these plugs, I no longer have the device it was meant for. I just keep the plugs around because I'm not sure. I keep these around for the one time I have a device with no plug, and I need one. I just go through all of them until I find the right one, and I'm good to go.

But really, shouldn't I just throw out these plugs? I don't often go back and use devices I haven't used in a while. It is just that one time I really need it, and therefore I really need the plug.

Is this just me, or do other people have lots of plugs which they don't know what they are used for or if they even still have the device.


Jenny said...

I know we have some, too! I'm in the camp of "throw out," but Joey's always in the camp of "save."

Susan said...

I've decided to move to the camp of "throw out" and if I ever find myself with a device with no power adapter I'll go buy a universal one from Radio Shack.

Mike said...

Get a label maker. Then you can take them to an e-waste disposal site when you take the device to get processed in an environmentally friendly way.

Alan Lutz said...

I volunteer at a thrift shop. We have boxes of these things that were donated for various reasons. It is a good solution for those who want to help find a good home for old stuff. There are times we go through the boxes of adapters to match something that didn't come in with one.