Seasonic Power Angel Test Kit Review
In North America we're fortunate to have a good
steady supply of energy available. Electricity is so easy to access, and relatively
cheap that as a society we have become very wasteful with
it. So, here's a quick question for you: when was the last time you
considered how much power
a device uses when making a decision on
If you have recently bought a washer/dryer you
might have taken notice; same goes for the refrigerator, but how about your
computer or monitor? It is
not uncommon for most people to leave their home and even work PCs on 24/7.
A computer running day
and night can handle fun tasks like P2P file sharing, distributed
computing or code compiling, but people should
start to take notice of just how much power their computers use.
if you knew that leaving a PC on all night cost X amount of money, would that
change things? To answer such a question we need a test kit to find out how much
power is actually being drawn to keep your PC running.... Enter the Seasonic Power
Angel Tester. This nifty device provides
everything you need
to precisely measure the power draw of your PC and monitor, and even power
efficiency of your PC's power
||Seasonic Power Angel Test Kit
Power Angel Meter, 120W Dummy Test Load Unit,
Extension Power Cable, Instructions, Kit Bag, Data
heart of the kit is the Seasonic Power Angel meter which can test power supplies
(and your wall socket) for eight different functions. When plugged in between the
computer and the mains, it tests The AC voltage coming from the wall socket,
the total current used by the system, active power consumed by
the device in Watts, 'apparent power' or VA for measuring the total power used
by the computer, line frequency, power factor (used to measure the efficiency of the
power supply), accumulated power consumption and energy use in KiloWatt hours.
put together a special kit for media which also includes a 120W dummy power
supply load tester. The 120W has one 20 pin ATX input power connector and
two male molex connections to simulate a PC complete with drives.
There's also a power extension cord, a jury-rigged ATX 20 pin connector which can
be used to turn an ATX power supply on without a PC (for testing
purposes), and instructions and software for getting the correct figures out the
The array of
items in this special Seasonic Test kit is a bit overwhelming at first,
but when used properly it's a great tool and it has supplemented our power supply reviews quite nicely.
Unfortunately for anyone interested in conducting their own comparisons at home
of powersupplies, this media test kit is not available to consumers, though the
PowerAngel meter is. The meter is fine for testing the power draw
of your entire PC at home.