We have at least a few rechargeable devices in our homes. In fact, if we consider smart watches, phones, laptops and robot vacuums, we can say that we have dozens of chargers. Because the charging port of each device may be different. So, does the plugged-in charger consume electricity?
Does the plugged-in charger consume electricity?
If you are wondering “Does leaving a charger in the socket waste electricity?” or “Does the plugged-in charger consume electricity?” we have an answer for you. Yes, it consumes electricity. But this does not apply to all devices. Also, the amount they consume is highly variable.
All of the chargers we use contain small transformers that connect electrical circuits to each other. Even some advanced models have voltage and current meters and limiters. Therefore, as soon as we plug it into the socket, there is a small amount of electricity consumption for the system to work.
But some chargers that we see especially in laptop computers consist of 2 parts. The first part of it is only in the form of an extension cord. This part connects to a relatively large adapter and its cable conducts electricity to the computer.
If the plug-in cable is not connected to the adapter, it does not consume electricity. Similarly, our extension sockets do not consume electricity if they do not have anything connected to them. Therefore, electricity consumption starts first in the adapter part.
If these adapters do not charge a phone, smart watch or computer, they will not be noticeable on the bill if they are plugged in or not. On average, a smartphone adapter will consume no more than a few dollars a year. But it still consumes electricity.
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