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Exclamation Dell Mini 9 using way too much power - 12-31-2009, 06:29 PM

Hi all,

My flat mate just got one of these laptops and since getting it I have noticed that the electricity (am on a meter) is being used very fast. Usually it costs around £1.60 - £1.80 a day but after just 12hrs over £2 was used!!

Also I had £3.42 on the meter the other day which should have lasted nearly 2 days but only lasted a day, again this is since she got the laptop.

Anyone know why its using soo much power? When she is using it the laptop is plugged into the mains, I have noticed there is no powersupply but a direct cable.
Does a powerpack and cable make much of a difference?
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Default 12-31-2009, 06:51 PM

I can't see that it's using that much power, it must be something else as there is no hard drive or fans.
What's a "direct cable"? By that it sounds like 220v is going right into the Mini? I think the UK is 220v. But there must be a converter, there's no way the Mini can take even 110v directly into it.

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Default 12-31-2009, 07:28 PM

The Mini 9 draws about 25W full-on. It would have to be on 40 hours to draw 1 kWH, which for me costs about 15 cents. Whatever is causing your extra power use, it isn't the Mini.

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Default 12-31-2009, 07:47 PM

May your roommate bought herself other toys you can plug in and have fun with?

*ducks to avoid flying objects*

Or maybe a iron or some sort of hair flat iron was left on?

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Default 12-31-2009, 11:38 PM

Wish I had a roomate that actually cared..............or even one at all

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Default 01-01-2010, 12:35 AM

If I recall correctly, my Mini 9 takes about 10W under normal operation, 1W when suspended, and up to 30W when charging the battery.

So, if you're running it all day, every day, for an entire year, it should cost something like $12 at US electricity rates. I can't imagine it using up a couple pounds a day in electricity.

So, I expect, as was stated earlier, it's not the Mini that's using your power.

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