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2007/3/21

Kill A Watt (2)

Filed under: Technology — Erwin @ 2:05 pm

The 85W MacBook Pro adapter, when plugged in but not hooked up to an actual MBP, draws 0.01A and less than 1 Watt. I bet you were just dying to know that!

Yes, I just now (actually, two days ago, but I forgot to publish this entry at the time) received the Kill A Watt (KAW), and expect to have far too much fun with it in the days and weeks to come.

First thoughts:

  • It’s mildly irritating that it blocks the second outlet.
  • It would have been useful for the gadget to contain a backup battery or some other setup (capacitor?) that allows it to save the most recent read-out for a short while. The display isn’t always in a particularly convenient location for reading purposes.
  • When I plug in the MBP adapter, the value slowly increases from approximately 30 to 70 Watt. I don’t know if that’s because the MBP is still figuring out the status of the outlet and battery, or something in how the KAW works. I’ll find out soon enough I guess.

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