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Power Hungry Consoles

by berbar / June 4, 2008 7:49 AM PDT

Hello BOLers,

This my be a stupid question, but about the power consumption on consoles, when they say OFF do they mean in stand-by mode? Or OFF OFF as if it was unplugged?

Thanks.

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I was assuming...
by ibcrandy-2120454356981420 / June 5, 2008 1:33 AM PDT
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I was assuming they were measuring power consumption when actively playing a game vs if you're just sitting on the dashboard/menus. I'd also like to point out that at least the 360 (and maybe the PS3 can do this too) had a mode where it's "off" but still actively downloading things. There is an option that allows the console to stay on long enough for a download to finish even after you turn it off and then it shuts off when the download completes. I would imagine this uses a different amount of power than other states.

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Standby
by Renegade Knight / June 5, 2008 4:39 AM PDT
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Most electronics are never really off. Thay are waiting (in standby) for someone to use a remote to turn them on. Anymore the only way to turn something completely off is to unplug it or use a power strip and turn that off.

That said I recently got a cheap DVD player. No clock (and I'm glad) it has both a standby mode and an actual "turn this sucker off completely button". A nice touch. When it's really off, I can't turn it on (wake it up from standby) with the remote.

Standby mode in electronics is one of the biggest power wasters in the country.

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Exactly
by berbar / June 5, 2008 10:33 AM PDT
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That's what I'm talking about. The only way to turn off the Wii for example is unplugging it (red LED after plugging back). When you "turn it off" after playing, it goes to stand-by (yellow LED) and it keeps updating things like weather and news.

That said, I still wonder. Does anybody know if that study conducted comparing On Vs. Off, or On Vs. Stand-by?

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I dunno, but I like using this new Smart power strip...
by shawnlin / June 5, 2008 10:50 AM PDT
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Thanks
by berbar / June 5, 2008 1:45 PM PDT

Great tip.

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To turn the Wii off
by navsimpson / June 5, 2008 1:23 PM PDT
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You can turn off 'WiiConnect24' in the settings. But I'm not sure about the actual power usage of the three. I know the PS3 has two states - a normal one that uses very little and the 'Remote Start' one that uses a lot more. No idea abou the 360.

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Press and Hold
by Renegade Knight / June 6, 2008 5:18 AM PDT
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I never knew about the differnt Wii Modes for standby. I did figure out that if you press and hold the power button you can get to the red.

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(NT) OFF isn't what it used to be :)
by punterjoe / June 5, 2008 1:00 PM PDT
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What I use to measure this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 6, 2008 1:49 AM PDT
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Just sharing.

I like the P3 unit from amazon.com for example -> http://www.p3international.com/products/special/P4400/P4400-CE.html

I found my home entertainment system was north of 70 Watts while off. It's now 1/2 that as I removed a few items we rarely use. Similar savings somewhere else and the effect appears to be an electric bill 1/3 less. We'll have to give it more time to really tell. Sadly one reduction was non-voluntary. Our fridge died and the new one may be less than 1/2 what the old one used (maybe more.)
Bob

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