How much power does Tablo consume?

Tablo Support - David
Tablo Support - David
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Tablo consumes very little power when compared to other devices in your home. On average, Tablo consumes about as much power as a clock radio or electric shaver. The average cable company set-top-box consumes twice as much as Tablo. 

 

While power consumption varies slightly across models, these are the average consumption rates:

  • 4th generation Tablo models (including 2-tuner, 4-tuner, and Tablo Total System)
    • Low Power - Idle state (no active recordings, nothing being watched) = 5-6 Watts/hour
    • Max Power - Normal Use (4 active recordings, 1 channel being watched) = 8-9 Watts/hour  

  • Legacy network-connected Tablo models (including Tablo DUAL LITE, Tablo QUAD)
    • Low Power - Idle state (no active recordings, nothing being watched) = 9.2 Watts/Hour
    • Max Power - Normal Use (4 active recordings, 1 channel being watched) = 15 Watts/Hour 

  • Legacy TV-connected Tablo models (Tablo DUAL HDMI, Tablo QUAD HDMI)
    • Low Power - Idle state (no active recordings, nothing being watched) = 5-6 Watts/Hour
    • Max Power - Normal Use (4 active recordings, 1 channel being watched) = 8-9 Watts/Hour. 

NOTE - These figures do not include the power consumed by attached USB hard drives.

 

To ensure recordings are captured and that your TV guide data remains up-to-date, Tablo is designed as an 'always on' device. For this reason, it does not have an on/off switch and should remain powered on and connected to the internet at all times.