if an adapter is just plugged into a wall jack is it using power? the green light is on

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My son says Microsoft rep told him that if an adapter is just plugged into a wall socket yet not plugged into or charging a computer then the adapter isn't using any power. That doesn't make sense to me since there must be using some 'power' for the little green light to come on, even if it's just a small amount.
 

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The short answer is yes. However that yes ranges and varies depending on the power supply. Some are in standby modes which consume a fair amount of electricity while others almost nothing (if its not warm to the touch then its most likely drawing little to next to nothing)
So That little green light that comes on letting you know the power supply is working is drawing an infinitesimal amount of electricity about 0.004W.
So Technically your correct it is, but nothing that's going to cause your electricity bill to go up.

Not to be an ass but here is an explanation i used for my grandma because she swore up and down that the red light on her phone charger was causing her electric bill to up 40 dollars
(turned out to be one of the neighbors that was stealing electricity from one of her outside plugs, that coincidentally started the day after she got a cell phone.)



If your interested...

An AC to DC power supply like the one one for your laptop, or smartphone only gives power to the device when its demanded upon. So if something is requiring power i.e. the laptop or smart phone needs to be charged or, the power supply will dish out the proper wattage to power or supply the current need of the device. This need fluctuates based on what the device is doing. Example

laptop on and plugged in power computer says i need 150 watts right now. The power supply says ok here is 150 watts.

You turn the laptop off but leave it plugged into charge the laptop says, ok i only need 25 watts to charge while im off.

or in this case the little green or red LED on your power supply letting you know it has power supply "is on, or works " but the cable is not plugged in to the laptop for charging, The LED in this case says hey power supply i only need 0.004 watts to power this little LED


aaand if you are really board and are completely fascinated by all this and want to dive into the world of electrical engineering
go here and read number 16 the 2nd post
http://superuser.com/questions/192478/does-laptop-charger-wastes-electric-current-when-not-connected-to-the-laptop

 

tallywho

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The short answer is yes. However that yes ranges and varies depending on the power supply. Some are in standby modes which consume a fair amount of electricity while others almost nothing (if its not warm to the touch then its most likely drawing little to next to nothing)
So That little green light that comes on letting you know the power supply is working is drawing an infinitesimal amount of electricity about 0.004W.
So Technically your correct it is, but nothing that's going to cause your electricity bill to go up.

Not to be an ass but here is an explanation i used for my grandma because she swore up and down that the red light on her phone charger was causing her electric bill to up 40 dollars
(turned out to be one of the neighbors that was stealing electricity from one of her outside plugs, that coincidentally started the day after she got a cell phone.)



If your interested...

An AC to DC power supply like the one one for your laptop, or smartphone only gives power to the device when its demanded upon. So if something is requiring power i.e. the laptop or smart phone needs to be charged or, the power supply will dish out the proper wattage to power or supply the current need of the device. This need fluctuates based on what the device is doing. Example

laptop on and plugged in power computer says i need 150 watts right now. The power supply says ok here is 150 watts.

You turn the laptop off but leave it plugged into charge the laptop says, ok i only need 25 watts to charge while im off.

or in this case the little green or red LED on your power supply letting you know it has power supply "is on, or works " but the cable is not plugged in to the laptop for charging, The LED in this case says hey power supply i only need 0.004 watts to power this little LED


aaand if you are really board and are completely fascinated by all this and want to dive into the world of electrical engineering
go here and read number 16 the 2nd post
http://superuser.com/questions/192478/does-laptop-charger-wastes-electric-current-when-not-connected-to-the-laptop

 

hang-the-9

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Read this http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/everyday-tech/vampire-power.htm

Just about everything eats power even if it's "shut off".

The easierst way to cure this is plug in stuff that does not need to be on even a little bit into a power outlet, and click the outlet to off at night or when not in use. I don't sugget doing that to your cable box because every time that loses power it reloads and that can take a while and cause issues with some channels for up to an hour.
 
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