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General electricity saving questions.

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Whenever I'm at home, should I just plug my PSP/Vita into the charger without the battery if I'm playing. As I figured using the battery is draining its lifespan.

 

Also, is throwing my empty PSP battery in the storage a good idea? Or should I charge the battery a bit (not to max)?

 

This is how I use my laptop as well. It would've been nice if I figured this out in 2006. Smiley Frustrated

 

Also, I plug my PS3 into my powerbar, and whenever I'm not using it, I turn the power bar switch off. Should I unplug the power bar itself as well?

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Jul 6, 2013

So battery university says to keep it at 40% charge if you want to store it. But does the battery drain out on its own even if it's not inserted into anything?

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Jul 6, 2013

Ultimate_Nova_X wrote:

So battery university says to keep it at 40% charge if you want to store it. But does the battery drain out on its own even if it's not inserted into anything?


I'd have thought so yes, even if it's only running background stuff like the clock etc.

 

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Jul 6, 2013

No not inserted into anything means it's literally taken apart from my system.

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Jul 6, 2013

Also, my PSP ac adpater can charge, but it stops and resumes charging if I move the plug around when it's in my PSP, it doesn't do that before, why?

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Ultimate_Nova_X wrote:

1. Whenever I'm at home, should I just plug my PSP/Vita into the charger without the battery if I'm playing. As I figured using the battery is draining its lifespan.

 

2. Also, is throwing my empty PSP battery in the storage a good idea? Or should I charge the battery a bit (not to max)?

 

3. Also, I plug my PS3 into my powerbar, and whenever I'm not using it, I turn the power bar switch off. Should I unplug the power bar itself as well?


1. I keep all my devices charged to MAX as much as possible. This avoids draining the battery to totally dead levels, which is bad for it.

 

2. Charge it to 50%, then put it in a sealable sandwich bag, then throw it in the fridge for long term storage. Cooler temperatures will do the battery well.

 

3. Most power bars have hard disconnect switches. This means it physically breaks the connection and zero current can go through. Unplugging it will do nothing at all.

 

 

That said, if you are *really* clamping down on your energy use (why not?) then it may be best to invest in a Plug-in Energy Meter. It is usually known as a "Kill-a-Watt" but there are other manufacturers of it too. This will allow  you to measure how much this and that appliance draws from the wall socket and you can then micro-manage the devices.

 

 

 

 

**** EDIT: I have a lithium ion camcorder battery that I charged to about 60% on December 2012. I'll bring it out of the fridge (not the freezer you'll kill it), get it warmed up and then I'll put it in the camcorder to see how it fared and I'll post back the results. It couldn't have been too bad.

 

**** EDIT 2: It didn't do badly at all! It's more or less charged at the same percentage since I stored it.

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Jul 7, 2013

No using your handhelds with there batteries are the real "use less power" methods cause its using its own power source sure it will run out by time but beats having it plugged in several hours as the Vita drains your electricity

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Jul 7, 2013

The first 2 points kind of contradict each other, do you mind elaborating? Wouldn't charging it to max make it too hot?

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Jul 7, 2013

Ultimate_Nova_X wrote:

So battery university says to keep it at 40% charge if you want to store it. But does the battery drain out on its own even if it's not inserted into anything?


Yes it does drain if not pluged to anything, of course the process is very slow and you wont notice it until the battery starts deteriorating.

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Jul 8, 2013

Case in point, how should I store a battery by itself? How should I store a battery along with the system?

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