Backlight power consumption analysis.
On 13/12/11 09:01, John Johansen wrote:
On 12/12/2011 01:03 PM, Colin Ian King wrote:
More power consumption analysis... this time I investigated the current drawn when cycling through all the back-light levels on various machines. The results are interesting as they show non-linearity in power consumption. A brief summary of my findings is:
All machines showed up non-linear current increase as backlight levels increasse.
At the highest backlight setting the machines show a reduction of battery
life from ~12-22%. The Lenovo ThinkPad X220i shows a remarkable increase in
power consumption as we approach the highest brightness levels, and so does
the HPMini-100 to a lesser degree.
The general rule of thumb therefore is try not to exceed more than 2/3 the
way up the brightness scale. The top 1/3 of the brightness scale impacts
of power consumption disproportionately.
This matches with what I would expect, LEDs efficacy suffers as you increase
the current. This is known as droop and it is what sets the limit of a LED's
If you want to see the data and some interesting graphs, I've put a LibreOffice spreadsheet in
with a brief write-up of the results in:
So out of curiosity did you test with the back light off to get a measure of
what the draw was for just turning it on?
Not yet ;-)
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