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General Chat Thread, Charging your mobile at work... in General; All employers have picky and silly technicalities. The reason most of them don't pull you up on every tiny technicality ...
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    All employers have picky and silly technicalities. The reason most of them don't pull you up on every tiny technicality like minute amounts of electricity is A) They'd have no staff left for being unreasonable and B) Can they really be bothered to expend more effort on the extra paperwork?

    Unfortunately there are still a few employers out there who will pull you up on the slightest silly thing! Luckily these are generally companies like certain large supermarkets who you probably don't want to work for.

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    A teacher here often brings his golf caddy battery in to charge and nearly every class has their own kettle, so I am not worried about what power I use in school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    Actually, kettles is the one thing where an employer could complain.
    It reminds me of my school days, if the RE teacher and the IT Technician switched their kettles on at the same time IT room would go down.

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    charging a phone has nothing on leaving a projector on over night

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    It reminds me of my school days, if the RE teacher and the IT Technician switched their kettles on at the same time IT room would go down.
    Still happens here in areas with older electrics - someone puts a kettle on and the entire block goes down

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    It reminds me of my school days, if the RE teacher and the IT Technician switched their kettles on at the same time IT room would go down.
    Not too long ago we had the problem of a dishwasher being turned on in the staffroom which caused an entire building (rather than just one tripswitch!) to have the electric killed, lights, sockets, everything! that was quickly fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    We have an entry in the staff handbook saying that it is inappropriate to use the school electricity supply for the charging of personal mobile phones.

    I notice that there is no section saying that it's inappropriate to use my personal laptop for school use though!!
    Seriously? I regularly charge my personal mobile at work, but then again I also charge my work mobile at home, I also have a laptop which i use at home - I sometimes even plug it in. Maybe I should bill the school for my electricity and internet.

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    Can I just say that this thread is of particular interest to me today as my phone has just died (due to me forgetting to charge it last night) and you've guessed it, I was waiting for a phone call at the end of work. If I had my charger with me I would have charged it, but because I forgot it, I dont have the option to wonder about taking electricity

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    Quote Originally Posted by yugo View Post
    A teacher here often brings his golf caddy battery in to charge
    I don't care what volume of electricity it consumes that bloke is having a giraffe.

    As for mobiles and laptops - who cares, what goes around comes around. Most people use their personal mobile for work when they have to and those with work mobiles will have to charge them at home occasionally.

    More interestingly has anyone here ever actually been asked to unplug a personal device - and if so what did they say??

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I plugged my phone in to charge it up this morning as I'd forgotten to do it last night. Am I alone it feeling just a little bit guilty in doing this as isn't it technically theft of electricity from your employer?
    Well as a teacher I'm disgusted! We teachers never, ever take home pens, pencils, paper, labels, envelopes, folders, er what else? oh, yes, BluTak and Sellotape (they're always handy).

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    I only charge my phone at work, if they want me to use my electric they should pay me more.

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    I have often thought of taking a UPS in and charging that beast for home use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Well yes, you are using the power from the USB port which wasn't being used prior to plugging your phone in, so those 5v have to come from somewhere. It doesn't say to the processor "i'm taking 5v from your supply so deal with it". It says to the PSU "I need 5v, give me it now!" to which the PSU happily responds and pulls a bit more power to supply it.
    Ah but PSU's are not efficient at low loads so by increasing the load slightly, you waste less electricity as heat!

    PS This may not be scientifically accurate
    Last edited by somabc; 16th September 2010 at 09:59 AM.

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    Did you know you can use heating oil in a diesel car? Just not as easy to syphon off as unleaded

    (Its a joke ppl, in case someone wants to dob me in... shesh)

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