Here's the ugly truth: Your plugged in cell phone charger cord left in over night eats away at your phone battery life and wastes electricity. The easy and cheap solution to counter this evil power vampire? Just grab an appliance timer (kinda like this one) and get scheduling!
Above is one of the cheapest timers we could find Amazon, the Intermatic Lamp and Appliance Timer with 2 On/Off Settings and an easy lighted dial. It runs $11.
We have 3-4 of these in our own home and we've found more uses for them than we could ever imagine. Whether it's keeping a small desk light to turn at night during long vacations (instead of powering a full security system) or killing off power to our home theater equipment, it's a sweet budget solution that can really put you in control of those power vampires for good.
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