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Maybe a silly question...

Is it OK to leave the factory charger plugged into the wall when not in use? Do you think it degrades or shortens the life of the charger by leaving it plugged in when not in use?

I see these cost $500 and want to get as much life out of it as possible.

BTW I have mine sitting on a bench and the wire I looped up in the garage using bicycle hooks (lol) so its not always laying on the dirty garage floor or in a place where my wife would trip over it in the dark garage.

So when I need to charge I just grab it from the hook and plug it in. When done charging, I just place it back on the hook. But it remains plugged into the wall all the time and the green light is always on.

Does it consume any energy when plugged in and not charging?
 

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Maybe a silly question...

Is it OK to leave the factory charger plugged into the wall when not in use? Do you think it degrades or shortens the life of the charger by leaving it plugged in when not in use?

I see these cost $500 and want to get as much life out of it as possible.

BTW I have mine sitting on a bench and the wire I looped up in the garage using bicycle hooks (lol) so its not always laying on the dirty garage floor or in a place where my wife would trip over it in the dark garage.

So when I need to charge I just grab it from the hook and plug it in. When done charging, I just place it back on the hook. But it remains plugged into the wall all the time and the green light is always on.

Does it consume any energy when plugged in and not charging?
Leave it plugged in. Wear and tear on the plug due to daily plugging and unplugging is a pretty big deal on your electric outlet. The GM/Clipper-Creek standby power is about 2-3 watts.
 

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Given that it's really only a relay and some thermal protection (no transformers or current logic or anything), the only power it would use when not plugged in would be for the green light, and the small idle circuit that listens for the pilot signal to switch on the power. I leave mine plugged in 24/7; it's strapped to a pillar in my garage with bungee cords.
 

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Leave it plugged in. Don't over think this stuff. My CC LSC-25 is hard wired and left ON for almost 4 years now.
 

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I bought a small garden hose bracket. It's made of plastic so no extra induction loss into the bracket ;-)
It's perfect as the plug sits on top and 6 loops hold the entire cable, I only have to unwind 3 to reach the car.
 
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