Disconnect Mini from mains in sleep mode?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mksd, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. mksd macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010
    Is it possible to switch off the mains when the Mac Mini is in sleep mode?

    I've only had MBPs in the recent years and appreciate their low impact on my electricity bill very much - letting them sleep unplugged does make a difference. Now I'm contemplating a Mac Mini and while I know its power consumption is as low as with the notebooks (if not lower without display), I'm wondering if the Mini needs the current in sleep mode. I assume it does, but I'd rather know than guess.


  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    It does need the power to power the RAM, which contains the information that is important for the sleep feature.

    The Mac mini has no built-in battery, therefore it needs to be powered if you want to take advantage of the sleep feature.
  3. mksd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010
    Thanks! That's what I was wondering about, if it has a small battery built in or not.

  4. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    You can set Mac OS X to use Safe Sleep (like Hibernate for Windoze), so if power is interupted you can still start up where you left off.

    But you should not pull the power while the Mac is sleeping.

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