Power Usage of Tivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by bebw, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. bebw

    bebw Member

    Feb 18, 2003


    Has anyone looked into how much power they are using to run Tivo continually? Is it like running a computer continually. I've blown a few fuses in the house. I have more than one Tivo. It never occured to me to consider whether this old house I live in with fuse box can handle my personal computer plus a couple of Tivos.
    I'm wondering if I should turn one of them off over night, but I bet I will forget to turn it back on in the morning. :rolleyes:
  2. dgh

    dgh New Member

    Jul 24, 2000
    It's like a computer - if the computer is a Mac Mini :D

    It's a fraction of a typical PC - around 20-40 watts.
  3. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    Get a UPS for it. One of the 350VA units is fine for it.
  4. shanew1289

    shanew1289 New Member

    May 6, 2004
    Get a UPS? I think the question was, is it too much for your fuses. That would be a big NO.

    They are NOT going to blow your home fuses unless there is a problem with them. And usually problems big enough to pop a home fuse, wont go away after replacing the fuse.

    I would assume you also have TV's and Monitors plugged in, they have surges for degaussing and their power supplies. If it is rare, i wouldnt worry about it.

    Heck, adding a UPS will probably double the power consumption :) Seriously (for a single tivo)
  5. bebw

    bebw Member

    Feb 18, 2003


    Okay. Apparently fuse that is blowing has my computer on it but not a Tivo. That's good since I just bought another Tivo. :eek:
    I guess I'll have to get an electrician to check it out. I put the new fuse in but it is third time it has blown. Hopefully it is a short or something but made me fear my new Tivo would cause problems, so I trust not.
  6. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

    Oct 18, 2002
    Mill Creek,...
    Your PC and Tivo do not consume much electricity. Most likely your fuse problem is caused by some larger electrical appliance on the same circuit .... things like heaters, hair dryers, kitchen appliances, or too much lighting can easily overload circuits in an older home. Just be sure that you're replacing that fuse with the SAME SIZE fuse .... don't try using a bigger fuse to keep it from blowing or you might just burn down the place. Seriously.

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