Examples of unapproved chargers. (SMH)

Woman Electrocuted And Killed While Talking On Phone Plugged Into Faulty USB Charger

If you’re still one of those people pish-toshing the idea that buying counterfeit or unapproved electronics and accessories can be dangerous, you should learn something from a recent tragedy in Australia. A 28-year-old woman was killed there while talking on a phone that she’d plugged into a faulty USB charger, prompting authorities to warn consumers everywhere against using such devices. [More]

AT&T Tries To Save World With New ZERO Charger

AT&T Tries To Save World With New ZERO Charger

In case you didn’t know — though if you’re a Consumerist reader, you probably do — that cell phone charger you have plugged into your wall socket is pulling power even when you’re not charging your phone. AT&T figures that enough power is wasted in the U.S. alone to power 24,000 homes for a year. That’s why they’ve gone all eco-savvy on us and announced their new ZERO charger. [More]

E.U. Agrees To Universal Standard For Phone Chargers

E.U. Agrees To Universal Standard For Phone Chargers

Ugh, next time those snooty Europeans come over to blanket us with their Euro-gold, they’ll have one more reason to be all smug and superior: ten of the world’s largest telecoms have agreed to make a universal phone charger that can charge any phone sold in the European Union.