Do you leave your Chargers plugged in?

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The chargers are only plugged in when they are in use.

I have a cellphone that needs to be charged only once a week (just a simple 6 year old Nokia with the Original battery).

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I tested everything in my house back when I got a kill-a-watt and the phone chargers and other wall warts didn’t even register a decimal when not in use. I do unplug most things when I leave on a trip and nobody is home. But otherwise they stay plugged in. Unplugging and plugging everyday can lead to wear on the outlet and stress on the internals of a wall wart as you pry it free.

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No.
I only plug my charger when i need it, just for saving electricity and avoiding me to buy a new house

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If you want to save enough power actually see a difference on your bill, here are the real power eaters. Use these less:

Microwave
Oven
Stove
Refigerator/Freezer
Chest Freezer
Home Heater Fan
Kitchen food prep devices
Incandescent bulbs
Internet router
Internet modem
Laptop

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Joshk wrote:
If you want to save enough power actually see a difference on your bill, here are the real power eaters. Use these less:

Microwave
Oven
Stove
Refigerator/Freezer
Chest Freezer
Home Heater Fan
Kitchen food prep devices
Incandescent bulbs
Internet router
Internet modem
Laptop


Raw chicken does not agree with me, especially when left on the counter for a few days before consumption. :bigsmile:

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Raw chicken does not agree with me, especially when left on the counter for a few days before consumption. :bigsmile:
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You’re supposed to take the feathers off, Bort :bigsmile: They don’t digest as well as the chicken lips do.

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You’re supposed to take the feathers off, Bort :bigsmile: They don’t digest as well as the chicken lips do.

Phil


They are automatically removed and stuffed in the walls and attic for extra free insulation 8)

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I leave everything that is from a reknown brand plugged in, including lesser brands that are tested to be electrically safe by HKJ.

All else is suspect, and usually not in use anyway. And stuff that uses old-school transformers I do not leave plugged in because they use up too much power.


Sounds right. Things that get warm to the touch are using power, but not a lot unless they have a fan or burn your hand. Things that have no certification or testing are hazardous in the event of power surges. Anything plugged in may increase the risk or damage in case of a nearby lightning strike.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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My internet router + modem take 60w. If you are reading this it’s likely the same for you. That’s a lot… 525600 watts a year, or 526 kWh. That could be reduced 67% by using a timer to shut it off while sleeping or at work.

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No, never.

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Joshk wrote:
My internet router + modem take 60w. If you are reading this it’s likely the same for you. That’s a lot… 525600 watts a year, or 526 kWh. That could be reduced 67% by using a timer to shut it off while sleeping or at work.

My router takes 3W and modem take 12W

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Bort wrote:
My router takes 3W and modem take 12W

Hmm. That’s not good news for me.
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My router takes 3W and modem take 12W

Hmm. That’s not good news for me.

It is, you should be able to replace yours and save lots of energy

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Joshk wrote:
I tested everything in my house back when I got a kill-a-watt and the phone chargers and other wall warts didn’t even register a decimal when not in use. I do unplug most things when I leave on a trip and nobody is home. But otherwise they stay plugged in. Unplugging and plugging everyday can lead to wear on the outlet and stress on the internals of a wall wart as you pry it free.

I was looking at the kill-a-watt device. Good to hear the phone chargers are really that low in consumption.
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Good to hear the phone chargers are really that low in consumption.

You can always check my reviews of usb chargers, I do include a couple of the phone brands and they are often very good.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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Thanks HKJ, that’s a good idea.
I have the Xtar SP1 charger and looked through your review for standby current for just the Xtar walwart (don’t know the correct name to call it) while plugged into wall but not plugged into charger (12V input) and I see you don’t test that.
It could be a nice addition to your reviews to add this info if you wish.

I’ve plugged the Xtar walwart back in when not in use as it was a slight hassle to plug/unplug into wall when wanting to charge. I do however unplug the charger end (12V input)

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I have the Xtar SP1 charger and looked through your review for standby current for just the Xtar walwart (don't know the correct name to call it) while plugged into wall but not plugged into charger (12V input) and I see you don't test that.

After I got a stationary power meter I do often include standby/idle power in my charger tests, but it is usual with the charger connected, but idle.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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Joshk wrote:
My internet router + modem take 60w. If you are reading this it’s likely the same for you. That’s a lot… 525600 watts a year, or 526 kWh. That could be reduced 67% by using a timer to shut it off while sleeping or at work.

That’s some router Cash

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THE_dAY wrote:
Joshk wrote:
I tested everything in my house back when I got a kill-a-watt and the phone chargers and other wall warts didn’t even register a decimal when not in use. I do unplug most things when I leave on a trip and nobody is home. But otherwise they stay plugged in. Unplugging and plugging everyday can lead to wear on the outlet and stress on the internals of a wall wart as you pry it free.

I was looking at the kill-a-watt device. Good to hear the phone chargers are really that low in consumption.

Every charger model is different so you have to check yours. There has been government pressure and some regulation to cut phantom power usage because as it rises it increases societal electricity consumption for little benefit, but there is still a long way to go, some items like cable boxes typically use a great deal of power when idle.

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THE_dAY wrote:
I was looking at the kill-a-watt device.

This type of devices can usual not measure low power consumption, but sometimes it is possible to modify the device.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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HKJ wrote:

THE_dAY wrote:
I was looking at the kill-a-watt device.

This type of devices can usual not measure low power consumption, but sometimes it is possible to modify the device.


I noticed that, 1W is the lowest it can register

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Nope, my Kill-a-watt P3 P4400 does tenths watts. Check out the vampire draw from the XStar SP1:

Although I think you are right that the older ones didn’t do tenths.
PS – if you unplug the XStar at the dock, it’s wall wart draws nothing.

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laptop and phone chargers are always plugged in,
I rarely use ni-mh and lithium chargers, so they are unplugged after use.

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Nope, my Kill-a-watt P3 P4400 does tenths watts. Check out the vampire draw from the XStar SP1:

Although I think you are right that the older ones didn't do tenths. PS - if you unplug the XStar at the dock, it's wall wart draws nothing.

Even if it shows something, do not expect very good precision, you are on the least significant digit!

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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That’s some router Cash

Ha, I wonder it it’s not my internet provider’s modem using my free power to power their network!

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HKJ, another load reads 2.3 to 2.4, and wonders between those digits freely, so I have high hopes it’s accurate. But you’re right, we can’t be sure.

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HKJ, another load reads 2.3 to 2.4, and wonders between those digits freely, so I have high hopes it's accurate. But you're right, we can't be sure.

It does not say much, many meters has a tolerance of +/- a few counts on the last digit. That means 0.1 can mean 0.01 or 0.3. When you are up to two digits it is not really that significant any more.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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Joshk wrote:
Nope, my Kill-a-watt P3 P4400 does tenths watts. Check out the vampire draw from the XStar SP1:

Although I think you are right that the older ones didn’t do tenths.
PS – if you unplug the XStar at the dock, it’s wall wart draws nothing.


Cool, thanks, mine does 1W only but if i buy another in the future its will probably be a newer model that does

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Yes. I have 4 Eneloop wall chargers that always stay plugged in. (8aa and 8aaa are in them on stand-by).

And my Olight Omni-Dok charger and Tenergy 4 x C/D chargers are always plugged in.

"Better to have it and not need it; than to need it and not have it." and, "I have more than I need, but not as many as I want."

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