Do you leave your phone charger plugged in when it's not in use?
I try not to as it runs electricity.
My phone charger is always plugged into the wall. Lol. Kidding, just taking the question over-literally. Trolling.
Bigddy 1 the use is so tiny it won't turn your meter ,so what
I love this cent'sless topic. If i am paying my bill, on my own without govt assistance, then i am not wasting anything. I will do what i want with my power. I have about 4 phone charges laying around the house, all plugged in.
I think that's a great idea to cut down on meat consumption. Good call goldy.
This is a great solution. I need to do this.
We have 4 iPhones, two iPads, Four kindles. So us too.
Mines been plugged in for three years!
Phone chargers, much like tablet chargers, are circuited to draw very (and I mean very) little power unless actively charging. Even cheap knock offs have this. You waste more energy with that flat-screen stuck to your wall. It draws significant power, even when on. Much, much more when on.
Or everyone could just eat a salad instead of a hamburger for lunch one day a week. Much more efficient, carbon-wise. Bonus: better health!
No I unplug it. I'm afraid that thing made in China will burst into flames whenever I leave it plugged in for too long.
It's not a power drain if you have it on a switched outlet or switchable power strip. I've got all my electronics plugged into power strip that is plugged into a switched outlet. Can turn off all electronics with the flip of a switch as I leave the room.
20sec/day x 365= 2 hours a year.
3¢ *24*365= $262 a year. What could you do...
Especially the USB plug... Never goes in the first time...
An active person running a table saw for a minute blows away my iPad's usage in a whole day. I do both, so my point is rather null....
How? What changed?
Love mine. I wish they were standard.
Can you say power vampire?
Very, very true
It's a transformer. The primary side is always conducting electrical energy when it's plugged in. Best to put it on a switched outlet.
Why, is this a problem?
Mine is never warm either
It drives me crazy when people in my house do it... Biggest waste of energy
I try not to.
@ Scranton. That $0.03 is for items in my house such as clocks, tv, cable box. All powered down to be in standby. Do you unplug all you clocks when you leave you house and then reset them as you need them? I have tested my chargers and they use nothing measurable if left plugged in but not charging.
Also, we live in an area where utilities are included with the house, there aren't energy shortages, and power is generated by hydroelectric.
Mine stays plugged in behind the nightstand. I don't bother unplugging the coffee maker, or the TV during the day either.
It's one of my pet peeves
Yes, but the amount is small compared to the amount used when charging the device
This is simply not true.
I don't unplug, but I should. Obviously chargers use energy even when they are not charging, it's a small amount but it adds up over millions of users.
Yes, but it's very small. The no-load drain of most modern adapters is less than 0.5W, with the best of them at less than 0.03W. Mine stay cold when not charging, and four combined draw less than 1W, so I'll guess it uses more energy (calories) to unplug them than energy (kWh) saved by doing so.
No it doesn't. Electricity doesn't disappear into thin air. A phone charger (or any electrical cord) is nothing more than an extension of the outlet. Much like a garden hose with the faucet left on. If you don't squeeze the sprayer, water will not be released.
Actually, you'll want to look up "phantom LOAD" or "energy vampires", or maybe "phantom energy load". If you're a worrier, thinking too much about the term "phantom ENERGY", which is normally associated with the term "Cosmic Doomsday" ,will keep you awake at night.
It's true and not because of the light. It's because the device is still drawing energy from the outlet. Your charger doesn't turn off when something isn't plugged in (typically). Likewise even your TV or other gadgets draw some amount of energy when off and plugged in. Look up "phantom energy."
Yes many items like cell phone chargers draw energy even when your device isn't plugged in or when your device is on standby. So do items turned off like a TV. Look up "phantom energy" sometime. It's a commonly used term for this.
My husband freaks out if we do because he says it is still using energy. Is this true? I suppose if it has a light on the charger and the light is on though no device is plugged in, it would use a tiny bit of electricity, however, what if it doesn't?
After reading these comments, I'm really confused. When a charger is plugged into the wall but not being used, is it wasting energy?
Buddy - you're right. Guess it makes me pretty lazy :)
Even one person's small amount of waste adds to the grand total of billions of people's energy use (and waste) in the world. A little bit of effort millions of people over will equal a larger collective of energy savings.
(to fxdwg) The issue is that 3 cents/hr for one person means $30,000/hr for every million people doing this in the world. Our individually small wastefulness adds to a total. This is just as true with other waste. I don't always remember to unplug but anything helps in light of a collective effort.
Chargers stop taking electricity when not in use, so it doesn't matter.
Mine is never warm to the touch.
If you typically use the same outlet in your house to charge a device, and leave the wall adapter plugged in for convenience, there is an alternative. USB wall outlets, some Energy-Star compliant, replace a household outlet with one that includes USB charging ports. Google USB wall socket.
And it's probably a vampire drain.
With the technology in newer chargers, this is now unnecessary.
Not true. The transformer in the 'wall wart' is still drawing electricity. That is why it is warm to the touch.