Hardware Secrets, armed with a digital power meter checked out the draw that electronic equipment pulls when in standby mode.  They split the results into four groups: zero consumption, negligible (consumption below 0.5 W), significant (between 0.5 W and 10 W) and huge (above 10W).  You might be surprised how much the huge category drinks up when supposedly sleeping.

“Is it true that electronic equipments consume a lot of power when they are on their standby mode and presumably turned off? We took a digital power meter and measured the most common electronic equipments found at home to check this out. We came out with very interesting results. Read on.”

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