Talk:Idling current

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Snipped stuff[edit]

"Analog electronic circuits sometimes need to be designed while keeping the idling currents in mind, as these currents may be used to run other components in the circuit, or, more commonly, will result in undesired noise in the output."

Quiescent current is an essential design issue in more or less all analogue equipment.

"This energy consumption occurs because many electronic devices can't be fully turned off without pulling the wall plug. "

It occurs because they aren't, not because they cant be.

", and enables toasters to toast faster. "

no Tabby (talk) 11:05, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Merging article?[edit]

This article covers a lot of the same topics that are addressed in the article Standby power. Is it worthwhile to merge the two? It would take care of the orphan problem and probably remove a lot of the editorialized language in this article. Toquinha (talk) 21:49, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Oppose merging:
Idling current and standby power are two different things. When used precisely, "idling current" refers to the current needed to keep an electronic circuit (or a single device such as a vacuum tube or bipolar junction transistor) biased in its chosen operating condition in the absence of an input signal. "Standby power" refers to the juice needed to keep features alive such as remote control and instant-on. Most of this article addresses standby power, not idling current.
The material relating to standby power belongs in that article, not here. What's left after snipping that will be a very skimpy stub, whose content would be better presented at the device biasing page.
Since readers may come here looking for either meaning, this page might just as well disambiguate between Biasing and Standby power. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 03:52, 4 March 2010 (UTC)


"...the Smart Strip uses only .28 watts of standby power. (note: I'm the engineer for this product)"

I'm don't know much about Wikipedia, so I'm not changing it myself, but it seems like that "note" should be removed.

Also, I added a link to this article from the "See also" section of "Biasing (electronics)." Additionally, I added a link to that article from the first paragraph of this article, the word "quiescent current"