How to extend your PCs excess power supply to external components?

If your PCs have more power supply than you really need?  And if you’ve a multitude of auxiliary computer items located next to your computer?  And if you know, the ones that’ve a “brick” power supply that you plug into one of your power strips. My answer is “Yes” to both questions.  I even have some items that have […]

If your PCs have more power supply than you really need?  And if you’ve a multitude of auxiliary computer items located next to your computer?  And if you know, the ones that’ve a “brick” power supply that you plug into one of your power strips. My answer is “Yes” to both questions.  I even have some items that have a separate PSU.  A smaller version of the ones in my computers.

My workstation computer and WHS computer have 620W and 650W PSU’s, respectively.  Plenty of reserve power in both machines.  If I could divert some of this excess power to some external components, I could eliminate a few plugs and perhaps reduce my electric bill just a little bit.

The “Extend” concept is simple.  Remove some of these bricks and external PSU’s, and power these components from the computer’s PSU’s.

In my little corner of the computing world, I have the following items and associated power cords:

Strip #1 (10 receptacles):

  • Workstation (plug)
  • Monitor (plug)
  • Keyboard light (plug)
  • 5.1 Receiver (plug, through an extension cord)
  • External “water” box (plug)
  • USB hub (brick)
  • Subwoofer (plug)

Strip #2 (6 receptacles):

  • WHS computer (plug)
  • Monitor (plug, rarely turned on)
  • External HD enclosure (plug)
  • USB hub (brick)

Strip #3 (6 receptacles and always on):

  • Network switch (brick)
  • Printer (plug to brick)
  • Mouse charge station (brick)
  • Landline phone charger (brick)
  • Mobile phone charger (brick)

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