Do you leave your Chargers plugged in?

This country has switches on all (240V) powerpoints, so I leave chargers plugged in but flick the switch off.


laptop/phone chargers are always plugged in. 18650/etc chargers get unplugged mainly because I need use of that outlet.

We got the notebook chargers plugged in and connected to the notebooks all the time until I started reading about the cells. Now I turn the block with outlets they are connected to off in the evening and switch it back on as the first notebook is about to shut itself down because of low battery.

Cellphones I used to let them drain the battery and then recharge to full and kept the adapters plugged in. Now I recharge them when at 20-30% and unplug when 80-90 using 1 adapter for all the rest unplugged and not used anymore.

It is a version of this, with surge protection added.

Here is one with American plugs.

Phone chargers: IN

All others: OUT

I leave them plugged in but they’re individually switched so I always switch them off.

Yes, I should have said the problem is with the inverters. Thanks for the heads-up.

thats odd, bad design or something, solar power is low voltage D/C that has to be converted to A/C, so it should not be the panels but something wrong with the inverters.

I believe that the voltage put out by the inverter would have to be slightly higher than grid voltage, otherwise it would not flow(bit like water,air or hydraulics )my 03

just had a look at our inverter presently 10 am putting 245v out

I used to live in the Gladstone area (qld) for 15yrs and never had so much trouble with power ,brown outs load shedding ect.not to mention storm dammage
but I guess qal comalco and the smelter all came first…

My old NiMh charger stays plugged in as it’s very inconvenient to get at it’s wall-wart but otherwise everything else is on surge/power strips, sometimes with a downstream strip for lesser-used stuff at that location.

My desk has a main strip (all PC gadgets and usual lighting) then goes to a radio strip (ham gear and chargers, brighter work-light) so that for almost every use I just hit one or two switches. My old workbench was the similar and when I’m done the new one will be too.

I’m not as worried about “vampire power” as I am fire hazards and damaged equipment from surges/spikes/brownouts. The MOV’s in strips wear out so over time I add a new “main”, downstream ones are usually safe to use longer so I replace them occasionally. I learned from a lightning strike to not leave anything I value plugged in directly when I’m not here to monitor things.


Only when charging something up.

Or when I forget it there. It happens…

I always disconnect unused devices.

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).

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 only plug my charger when i need it, just for saving electricity and avoiding me to buy a new house

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

Chest Freezer
Home Heater Fan
Kitchen food prep devices
Incandescent bulbs
Internet router
Internet modem

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


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


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

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.