switch n battery cable?

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If one put a switch in the charger cord, would leaving the charger plugged in but turned off with the battery in the charger have the same effect as removing the battery from the charger?
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Well, it would. But, the battery shuts off from the charger anyway once it completes charging. In the manual it states to remove the battery, but it also says no harm will come if the battery is left on the charger. 
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Ok, thanks.  The charger appears to be drawing current when plugged in with the battery removed, or with a battery in it which has been fully charged.  Presumably it does this as part of the detection circuitry for the insertion/removal of the battery.  Is there any reason NOT to put a switch in the cord to prevent this waste?
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Perhaps it might affect warranty somehow. 
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I don't think so. When I unplug my rapid charger with a battery still attached, the battery continues to power the 4 LED's at the top (power level / charged indicator), so I think physically removing the battery is better for isolating it.
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Interesting. I have seen the lights remain on but I thought that was because my charger remained plugged in. I always remove the battery and haven't had any reason to unplug the chargers.
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For future reference, a plugged in battery charger with no battery in the cradle used 0.09 kwh in 113 hrs, or about .0008 kwh/hr