Chiptech Devices Power Consumption

Chiptech have been asked more than ever about how much power our products consume. We have taken some time to look at our products mains power consumption.

Electricity prices are rising globally. In recent weeks there have been alarming reports coming out of the United Kingdom and Europe as they head towards the winter months. The Russia-Ukraine war threatens the stability of the energy supply chain with more demand being placed on other countries to supply coal and gas as an alternative to Russia. The impacts of raising wholesale prices (what retailers pay for the electricity they supply to end user) are being felt in some way or another across the world, including in Australia and New Zealand. While a focus on renewable energy has bolstered some of these traditional energy source shortages, they are more prone to being impacted by environmental factors, like extreme weather events, lack of rainfall, sunshine hours and wind. Coupled with this is a raising demand from consumers for electricity.

The number of appliances and interconnected electronic devices continues to grow with users having more electronic devices in their homes that require power to operate. Some figures show Australian consumers have rapidly increased the number of devices in their home with an average home now having 6.7 internet connected devices1. Higher electricity prices are significantly impacting lower income families and elderly pensioners, the more vulnerable groups in our society. Chiptech have been asked more than ever about how much power our products consume. We have taken some time to look at our products mains power consumption, which has been calculated to give an indication of how long the device will operate on 1kWh (kilowatt hour). A kilowatt hour is the primary unit that suppliers use for measuring and calculating your power consumption.

Product design includes the testing and selection of energy efficient plug packs, for powering Chiptech Products.

Kilowatt hour
Time Period
1 kWh
Every 90 days
GO 3G and GO 4G
1 kWh
Every 150 days
1 kWh
Every 90 - 120 days


The SEVEN base unit is constantly connected to mains power supply, however it is not performing tasks constantly and spends most of the time waiting for Radio Frequency signals in a low power state.

Consumption is based on the time it is idle, events where more power is consumed and the 90-day battery maintenance cycle that occurs to ensure a long-life backup battery. SEVEN uses more power when it is sending alerts or reports, in a voice call, performing actions such as flashing lights and voice announcing a status change, sending test reports to monitoring, SmartCare Cloud connections and applying updates. We calculate usage based on one alert occurring a month for a one-hour period, one full battery maintenance cycle and daily reporting to both monitoring and SmartCare Cloud. Over a 3-month period SEVEN will consume approximately 1kWh.

Over one month SEVEN uses approximately 9c of power based on the average cost of power across New Zealand and Australia 3.

1kWh per 90 days

1kWh to boil 1L 10 times2

GO 3G and GO 4G

GO is a Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mPERS) that runs on a lithium battery and is recharged on a wireless charger periodically. GO does not need to be charged frequently, but it is typically charged once every 30 days or after it has been activated. The frequency of charging does depend on how often the end user is using their device as well as the configuration settings applied. Over a 5-month period (150 days) with the charger constantly connected to power and, recharging every 30 days a GO will consume approximately 1kWh.
Over one month, GO uses approximately 6c of electricity based on the average cost of power across New Zealand and Australia3.

1kWh per 150 days

1kWh to boil 1L 10 times2


  1. National population projections 2020 – 2073.
    National population projections: 2020(base)–2073
  2. Boiling 1L of water in a 2200W jug.
  3. $0.27 per kWh Prices as September 2022

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