Working to make a better cordless phone all around, Gigaset has aimed their impressive engineering prowess at challenges which might not immediately come to mind when one imagines the job of a phone developer. Hoping to make their devices more efficient by using less power, Gigaset introduced the ECO Mode feature into their product line.
With a name inspired by Gigaset's hope to improve the environment via reducing power consumption and thereby waste and pollution, ECO Mode is a clever energy saving system. It works by intelligently controlling the phones power output and usage. According to Gigaset, ECO Mode can cut power consumption by up to 60% compared to regular non-ECO Gigaset phones. This is a substantial saving in power consumption, which quickly adds up over time. Not only does your pocket notice the difference: so does the environment.
How Does The ECO Mode Work?
The magic behind ECO Mode is mainly what is called a Switched Mode Power Supply. Simply put, a switched mode power supply acts to efficiently transfer electricity, minimising waste and attempting to deliver the device the precise amount of power needed. The Switched Mode Power Supply lets the phones base get plenty of energy when needed, but only consume minimal energy when needs are low.
A similar principle is at work with ECO Modes intelligent reduction of transmission power. Calculating the handsets distance from the base, ECO Mode adjusts the transmission power, increasing its output as the handset gets further from the base and decreasing it as it gets closer. If the phone is put on the base to charge, an ECO Mode enabled base will disable transmission power completely to save energy. This tracking and automated adjustment in transmission power allows the device to still perform effectively throughout its whole range but also save a substantial amount of power.
Consequences Of ECO Mode
Although it can provide reduction in power consumption up to 60%, when ECO Mode is enabled there are a few caveats. Firstly, when ECO Mode is enabled the handset functions differently than normal. Because transmission power is turned off until a call is engaged, the handset must regularly scan the airwaves for incoming calls. As a result of this, the handsets standby and talk time can be reduced. While this leads to charging the handset more (if it is not left on the base regularly to begin with,) overall ECO Mode saves much more power than these costs.
ECO Mode also reduces the range of the phone and prohibits the use of repeaters. When active, transmission power is reduced by 80% - and as a result, the phones range is reduced by half. A substantial drop, no doubt, but for users who rarely find themselves too far from the base and never straying out of range, the 25 meter indoor and 150 meter outdoor range is still plenty to keep them in touch.
Designed With Green In Mind
Gigaset's ECO devices have been designed and manufactured in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. From every step of the manufacturing process up to the users use of ECO Mode itself, Gigaset has taken steps to reduce their impact and help provide us with a healthier world.