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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:18 AM   #26
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none the less,with the millions of iPhones being charged every night at least they are efficient.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:18 AM   #27
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Haha...I usually charge my iPhone and MacBook Air at work! Of course I work at a power company and our cost for power is much less than the residential rate.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:19 AM   #28
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4 bucks ?
Extremely accurate according to http://grist.org/green-living-tips/a...rs-plugged-in/ which uses http://standby.lbl.gov/summary-table.html as a source. Nice guess
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:20 AM   #29
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All I see from this story is if you choose the SIII as your phone, you hate the earth.

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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:20 AM   #30
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iPhone 4 is cheaper, might as well buy that instead.
I can see the headlines now. iPhone 5 Costs 8% More than iPhone 4 to Charge!
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:20 AM   #31
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All I see from this story is if you choose the SIII as your phone, you hate the earth.

Amen!!!!! PREACH IT!
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:24 AM   #32
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Because this is what I worry about when I am dropping hundreds of dollars on a product...
Right, because owning something that costs hundreds of dollars means I wouldn't prefer my electricity costs be lower. I must be a crazy environmentalist if I like paying less for something.

I like paying more unnecessarily. It shows off how rich I am.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:26 AM   #33
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What is the cost of leaving the charger plugged in when not charging?
I was wondering that, thinking that the power consumption used while charging would be dwarfed by the power used by always leaving the charger pugged in, but then I read this old page and found out that that was peanuts too.

Now how much money am I wasting by leaving my phone plugged in overnight when it only takes an hour to charge?

Not much extra I guess, doesn't it cycle on and off to save the battery, or is that just the bigger devices?
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:26 AM   #34
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Why is this about iphones? Any smartphone would use that kind of energy.
Because if the report was regarding the energy use of the LG GW620R no one would be bothered to read it.

Know your audience.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:27 AM   #35
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Really that cheap? I would have thought more than that a week. Im in the UK though, so im not sure how much a difference elec bills would be.

Currently pay around £1000 a year here.
Yeah, I was surprised it's that cheap as well.

Probably comparable rates. I pay about 8 cents USD per kWh before taxes and whatnot.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:28 AM   #36
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So smaller devices use less energy than big ones?
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:28 AM   #37
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Because this is what I worry about when I am dropping hundreds of dollars on a product...
How about the thousands in the service plan
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:30 AM   #38
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We need to get the costs down to .30 cents/yr for the next iPhone!!!!!
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:31 AM   #39
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I was wondering that, thinking that the power consumption used while charging would be dwarfed by the power used by always leaving the charger plugged in, but then I read this old page and found out that that was peanuts too.
Thanks! Great reference.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:32 AM   #40
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Extremely ... extremely minuscule. Hook it up to a Kill-A-Watt sometime. Basically, the electrical cost of a cellphone or a Macbook Air for an entire year is less than 1 visit to Starbucks. Now, x millions of cellphone users adds up but still... My 800 watt gaming computer makes me a terrible person. <cough>

Check out: http://standby.lbl.gov/summary-table.html

Looks like .26 watts? lawl
That's average, max. is 1 Watt

Does not seem like much but even .26 W adds up

.26 X 24 X 365 = 2277,6 Watts

100 million X 2277,6 = 228 GWatt

So, even 0.26 watt is a waste if 10s or 100s of millions of iPhones would leave their chargers plugged in.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:32 AM   #41
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The environmentalists worry about it...green is better.
Im getting black myself.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:33 AM   #42
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Government going to regulate this soon?
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:34 AM   #43
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Why is a pocket cell phone being compared to a 42" plasma again?
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:37 AM   #44
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Unless you use the airport charger, then it's $3 for 30 minutes.

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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:40 AM   #45
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Does not seem like much but even .26 W adds up

.26 X 24 X 365 = 2277,6 Watts
Up to this point it equals 26.8 cents by their reckoning, then wow, would you believe it, multiply anything by 100 million and you get a bit number.

This would be relevant if they were talking about the environment but the article is about cost.

If they had measured it in trees/drowning polar bears/bunnies withfaces you're absolutely right.
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I can't get over the fact that it cost almost as much to power your xbox than your flat screen.

But that's also assuming running it all day won't kill it.

(I have an xbox - it's a joke)
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:42 AM   #47
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this must be a slow apple news day arn
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:43 AM   #48
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Unless you use the airport charger, then it's $3 for 30 minutes.

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And how much is that machine


In singapore there are lots of places for free, shopping malls, free service.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:43 AM   #49
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:45 AM   #50
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It's quite shocking to think how much a set-top box consumes, more than a Desktop PC, while a set-top box does nothing other than a few limited tasks every once in a while when you decide to use it, as opposed to a PC that does everything you'd ever want to do.

It's not just the power consumption of useful high-tech devices we should worry about, but also about useless, badly designed devices that just suck energy non-stop to power their RAM because the manufacturer wasn't capable of spending more on actual permanent storage, or because the device constantly executes a loop of functions just to check if there is any input from the remote.

Oh, for those who say that we should be unplugging every electronic device when we don't use them (TV, set top box, washing machine, etc…), well give it a try yourself: first thing that will happen is that they will forget the time, the channels, they will take 10 minutes to boot up when you turn them back on, and if you turn them on in the wrong order they won't recognize each other (set top boxes in particular).
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