New Energy Efficiency Requirements to Impact Toys with External Power Supplies

November 30, 2015 | The U.S. Department of Energy has amended its energy efficiency regulations for external power supplies, such as battery chargers and AC transformers. This amendment will impact toy manufacturers whose products contain such components and will apply to products manufactured on or after February 10, 2016.

The changes will apply to both the minimum required efficiency in operating mode and the no-load maximum power consumption. These vary depending on the rated output voltage of the unit, whether it is capable of a single or multiple simultaneous output voltage(s), and whether it converts AC line current to DC or AC output, or both. An unofficial Department of Energy summary can be viewed online.

Energy conservation standards have been in place for external power supplies in consumer products since 2007. According to the Department of Energy, the standards will result in approximately $42.4 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped between 2008 and 2032 and prevent about 198.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Toy Industry Association (TIA) members with specific questions about the amendments may contact TIA’s Alan Kaufman, SVP of technical affairs, for assistance.