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Phihong Unregulated Adapters Comply With U.S. Energy Independence & Security Act Regulations

July 07, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Phihong USA is offering an extended line of unregulated switching adapters that comply with the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act that go into effect in July. Designated the PLA series, the adapters are available in 1, 2, 3, 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 ideal for applications such as wireless communications, cordless headsets, Blue Tooth device chargers and cell phones.

"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, Vice President of Marketing forPhihong 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."

Phihong claims that it is also able to offer its PLA series linear replacement adapters at a lower cost than traditional switching adapters because they have eliminated the control and feedback circuits and components. Also, 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 series devices are available as fixed wall plugs (1, 2, 3, 5W). The PLA series adapters feature high efficiency, double insulation have short circuit protection with auto recovery, are safety approved by UL as limited power sources. The devices have a 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 input voltage range of 90 to 264Vac.

Pricing for the PLA01A series is $4.20 each at quantity 25 pieces; the PLA02A series is priced at $4.71 each in quantities of 25 pieces; the PLA03A series is $5.39 apiece in quantities of 25 pieces; and the PLA05A series is $5.86 each in quantities of 25 pieces.