While I see Saint @grahroll ()has already been here days before me to answer this question, I will add my considerations to the discussion.
As a separate mention before getting into details, did you receive the keg of apple cider yet @BrendanMays? My wife said it was just wasting space, and so I thought of you. Again, addressed to Brendan in Sydney, so may take a little while to get there but I'm sure all the posties know you .
I suggest that Choice should do some testing. I have USB chargers scattered all around the house and cars (and office when I have a job), and two ten-socket chargers within my reach as I type!
Additionally, I use power-boards that have individual lit-up switches for each item you plug in. I would be interested to know how much current is trickling through these all day and all night - and how much it differs between:
- Switch off, nothing plugged in;
- Switch off, something plugged in;
- Switch on, nothing plugged in;
- Switch on, something plugged in but turned off;
- Switch on, something plugged in and turned on.
Similar kinds of fiddling might be done with a few makes of charging device - but to these I would add the condition 'object plugged in is fully charged'.
I want to know whether my wife is right in turning off the switches to the dining room TV, BluRay Player, and Android box that I still haven't set up, as I don't use them particularly often. I am interested in finding out how much money we are wasting on these trickles of electricity - separate to the device itself that is on standby, because as Choice tests show this can vary enormously.