Set-top boxes consume lesser power than CFLs: MIB

09 Oct,2012

By A Correspondent

 

Dismissing apprehensions that Set Top Boxes (STBs) consume lot of electricity, the I&B ministry has released a communique saying that the cable STBs consumes 20 watts of power. As the four metros approach the digitisation deadline of November1, the communique asserted, “It has been wrongly informed that the cable STBs consumes 20 watts of power.” The ministry has also released the table informing about the power rating of various Cable STBs of different makes, and it seems apparent from the table that a cable STB consumes only about 8 watts of power.

 

Table 1: Power rating of cable Set Top Boxes of different makes

STBs Make & Model

Power consumption (Watts)1

Active mode

Standby mode

Den Entertainment Networks

Skyworth 7000

8

7

Skyworth 7600

8

7

Skyworth 7631

8

7

DigiCable

Indieon LDCA 1000

5.4

4.5

Changhong C8899C0

7.5

6.9

Skyworth C371N EN

10

8

IMCL

SD STB

12

10

MyBox

7.5

6.9

Hathway Datacom

Skyworth 9000

8

7

HUMA ND-1200C

15

5

WWIL

Handon 1002C

6.5

5.8

Handon 1041C

6.5

5.8

Arion 5012S

7.5

6.9

Changhong C8899C0

7.5

6.9

MyBox

7.5

6.9

1 Source: Product leaflets of manufacturers

 

Power consumption of different electrical household items is indicated in Table 2 below.

 

Table 2: Power consumption by different household appliances

Consumer Devices

Model

Power Consumption (Watts)2

Fridge 210 Liters

270

Cooler (Desert) Bajaj DC 2012

200

Television Sony KV-SZ292M88 CRT – 29″

138

Television LG 14D7RBA CRT

80

Television Sony KLV 20S400A LCD

60

Television Sony KDL 26EX550 LCD

50

Fan Crompton Greaves – 56″

80

Fan Orient 32 – Table Fan

70

PC (Computer) HP V185E

60

PC (Computer) Monitor – 17″

80

Light Bulb Incandescent

100

DVD Player Sony BDP S350

26

Light Fluorescent Tube

50

Light CFL

10

STB Average for Cable TV

8

2 Source: Product leaflets of manufacturers and NPCL website

 

The information issued by I&B ministry also clears that even on a standby mode, the STB would consumer less power. “Thus, cable STBs consume very nominal electricity to the tune of 5-6 units in a month which is insignificant in comparison with the electricity consumed by other electric appliances in a house,” said the release.

 

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