80+ Silver Power Supply Units set to be the new normal. – PC & Tech Authority


The major thing is that from October first pretty much all power supplies sold in Australia will have to sport a minimum 80+ Silver efficiency rating, thus knocking a large number of budget units off the market altogether.

via 80+ Silver Power Supply Units set to be the new normal. – PC & Tech Authority.

Mandatory reporting under the Australian Consumer Law — Webinar – YouTube


Mandatory reporting under the Australian Consumer Law — Webinar – YouTube.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) hosted a live webinar on 10 April 2013 to help explain the mandatory reporting of product-related death, injury and illness.

This is a video recording of that Webinar.

Some questions were able to be answered during the webinar; a lot more have now been answered and are available on the following website: www.productsafety.gov.au/mandatoryreporting

 

No license needed


I was working in my yard when a car came crashing through my hedge and ended up on my front lawn. I rushed to help an elderly lady driver out of the car.
I said with excitement, “You appear quite elderly to be driving.”
“Yes, I am,” she replied proudly. “I’ll be 97 next month, and I am now old enough that I don’t need a driver’s license anymore.”
She continued, “The last time I went to my doctor, he examined me and asked if I had a driver’s license. I told him yes and handed it to him. He took scissors and cut up my license and threw the pieces into the waste basket.”
He said, “You won’t need this anymore,” so I thanked him and left!

A longer life for lithium-sulfur batteries :: ElectronicsOnline


“During previous tests, the batteries scarcely crossed the 200-cycle mark. By means of a special combination of anode and cathode material, we have now managed to extend the life span of lithium-sulfur button cells to 1400 cycles,”

The experts at IWS measure the capacity of a battery in watt hours per kilogram whpk. Over the long term, they expect lithium-sulfur batteries to reach an energy density of up to 600 whpk. For comparison: the maximum energy density of the lithium-ion batteries currently in use is a mere 250 whpk. “In the medium term, figures around the 500 whpk mark are more realistic. In practical terms, this means you can drive twice as far with the same battery weight,” says Althues. This of course implies that significantly lighter battery models are possible …

via A longer life for lithium-sulfur batteries :: ElectronicsOnline.

Fact Sheet: Computers – Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) | Energy Rating Website


Fact Sheet: Computers – Minimum Energy Performance Standards | Energy Rating Website.

This fact sheet was released in March 2013. In Australia, regulatory requirements for computers are set under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Computer) Determination 2012 (Determination). The Determination specifies what products are and are not covered, and incorporates requirements for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), Energy Rating Labels (ERL) and testing from the relevant Australian/New Zealand Standard by reference.

This becomes mandatory in Australia from 01 October 2013.

Product Safety Recall – Fluke-28IIEX Intrinsically Safe Digital Multimeter


If cracks develop and if used in an explosive dust environment (IEC/EU: Zone 21, and US/CA: Class II, Division 1), ingress of conductive dust may cause a short circuit that could ignite a dust explosive atmosphere surrounding the unit, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

via Fluke Corporation—Fluke-28IIEX.

IEC e-tech > March 2013 – Safer entertainment and work


Preparing safety standards for devices and systems used by billions of people and the need to merge the activities of two separate IEC TCs that covered, respectively, data processing equipment and office machines, and electronic equipment for household and similar use, led to the creation of IEC TC 108 in 2001.

via IEC e-tech > March 2013 – Safer entertainment and work.

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