As a result of work from home, we need to charge laptop and mobile devices more often than ever. Normally, we need to charge every one of them at least once a day. Maybe more often when we attend video conference for hours everyday. And we don’t like to charge them all the time since this will shorten the lifespan of the batteries.
Unfortunately, we can’t really schedule when to charge laptop and mobile devices because we charge them only when the power level is low. Or before we go to sleep. However, it’s a challenge to remember when to switch the charger off.
Since the schedules to turn on are NOT fixed, conventional timers are not designed to do this job.
Similar to ironing, it’s difficult to fix the starting time to charge these devices. Even though we know the charging duration is within hours. This is another good candidate for smart plugs.
Once we’ve decided to use the off-timer function in smart plugs, we might as well make full use of other intelligent functions like:
- Save energy cost on not charging the batteries or power banks more than necessary which could be dangerous, eg fire hazard
- If the battery is fully charged before off-timer expires, we can reduce the charging duration for the next charging cycle
- Use our voice to turn on charging once we’ve added a smart speaker like Amazon Echo where touch-free operation is always desirable
Of course, if we’re able to turn off the chargers manually on time every time, then we don’t need smart plugs.