Depends on how you define vampire. If you mean completely parasitic and useless, that's one thing, but if the load is actually doing something, that's something else. Yes, I do have 20+ tiny loads that I can count off the top of my head, but most are on the order of 1W each (cordless phone charging dock with a phone in it), or they're actually doing something semi-interesting (eg. hardwired smoke alarms, clock, router, dvr hunting for shows to record). True vampires (eg. phone chargers not on a power strip, idle PC speakers and or/their wall warts, shredder, etc)? Nope. Although I welcome suggestions for something I might have missed.DaveinOlyWA wrote:its funny that we whine about what our chargers are drawing when they are not doing their job when i bet everyone here has at least a half dozen vampire drains in their house running right now.
See, my problem is that if the Blink does in fact draw 21kwh a month, that's literally 10% of my ENTIRE monthly electrical usage pre-LEAF - so I feel somewhat justified in (anticipating) not liking it and saying so, especially if there's no technical reason why it should be that way. I realize my total usage is crazy-low, and if that load was 1% of my total like it would be for my next door neighbor, I suppose it wouldn't matter.
When I mentioned to an Ecotality guy at the SD rollout that there were statements floating around that the Blink drew 30w when idle, he emphatically expressed that he thought that would not possibly the case (realizing that it would be irritatingly high), and that it "should" only draw "a few milliamps"...eg. 25mA @240V would be 6 watts. But he didn't really know, and the claim of 30w supposedly came right from the manufacturer. So I'm thinking it could well be true. If it draws 6w, then you're right, it's not worth losing sleep over and there are any number of other similar loads to worry (or not) about.