Category Archives: Calculators

Magicka v Spellpower Calculator TESO:TU

This is a calculator to help a poster in the linked thread from The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (TESO:TU) forums. Should a new formula be found or implemented please submit the new information in the contact box to the right with a link to the source information. If the source verifies we will update the calculator to reflect the new information. Also if you have a request for a similar calculator please use the contact box and if it can be built we will build it for you.

Essentially another player provided the conversion ratio in the linked thread. This calculator does the math for you.  The proposed ratio was 10.46 magicka = 1 spell power and that is the current equation for this calculator.

Online Car Auto Calculator MPG Savings

This calculator will calculate the monetary savings in gasoline when purchasing a more fuel effecient vehicle. I am using this strategy to purchase a more effecient car essentially free. The idea is that I currently drive a gas hog and I am waiting until car/vehicle/automobile gasoline effeciency (MPG) and their purchase prices and gasoline costs create a favorable position where I can purchase and fuel a new car for the price of fueling my old car. To do so I focus on “No Interest for 60 month!” deals. Then plug in the info into the calculator. A savings greater than the cost of the car over the length of the loan = a win. When gas was $4.00 a gallon I was very close to achieving this. Also as the purchase cost of hybrid and electric vehicles decreases and their effeciency increases I get closer to this happening. The default numbers compare my Ford Crown Victoria to a Toyota Prius Base model 2015

Well enough talking here is the online auto savings calculator:

Cost Per Item Calculator

Have you ever been to the store shopping and you saw an item on the shelf and there are many different brands packages sizes and quantities? Which one is really the best deal? Well this calculator will help you easily compare the actual cost per unit of similar items when shopping at: the grocery store, the hardware store, the office supply store, the pet store or any other store. Read below the calculator for directions.

Here is what you need.

  1. A common unit that both items have. This can be ounces (oz), pounds (lbs), milliliters (ml), grams (g), kilograms (kg), quantity (how many total), sheets (like printer paper or toilet paper), feet e(ft), meters (m), inches (in), centimeters (cm) or any other length (such as when buys rope, extension cords, wire, fence, boards, length of Christmas light cords, groceries), really this will work for comparing price on anything with a common unit (often the common unit can be derived, maybe later I will make those calculators) and finding the real bargains .
  2. A price on each item to be compared. This can be dollars, cents, pounds, francs, Eurodollars, rupees, yen, bitcoins, video game currency, or any other form or currency. Just make sure both items are using the same currency.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Name the item (optional).
  2. Put the unit (quantity, length etc..) in the correct box for each item.
  3. Put the total purchase price for the item into the correct box.
  4. I have included enough spaces to compare up to five items at once.

Hopefully this calculator will save you some money or at least help you make an informed purchase decision.

You can even figure out the price with coupons simply use the total quantity from the coupon purchase and the total price with the coupon applied to quickly calculate the price per unit.

Grind Spot Calculator (rate per hour)

This is a calculator to help players of games to compare multiple locations and to effectively determine which location is best and nost effecient to achieve their goals. It is anticipated that this will be used for mmorpgs and other video games but it can also be used to quantify any activity (such as moves in chess, cars washed, miles per hour jogged over a known distance or widgets produced) to an hourly rate. Below the calculator you can find directions if needed.

Note: the longer your time the more accurate your result will be.


Above is a calculator and a stopwatch. Simply enter your starting values in the calculator (these can be experience, gold, epic loot drops, dungeon runs, or any other quantifiable metric where you can determine a start and a finish value). For simplicity I will speak about experience.

 

  1. Enter your experience at the beginning.
  2. Click start on the stopwatch.
  3. Grind like crazy.
  4. Stop the stopwatch.
  5. Check your new experience value
  6. Enter your new experience value into the calculator
  7. Look at the timer, there are 3 pairs of large numbers and some small numbers. These are (from left to right) hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds.
  8. Enter the hours, minutes and seconds into the appropriately marked boxes in the calculator
  9. The calculator will provide a value this is how many experience you would gain from one hour of this grinding location/activity.
  10. There are pairs of boxes below these allow you to enter different location names and the rate per hour that you achieved at multiple locations for comparison.
  11. Record your value in the provided box and label it in the provided box so that you can remember what that value corresponds with.
  12. Travel to a new location.
  13. Click reset on the Timer
  14. Remove the old timer values and start and end experience values from the calculator.
  15. Record your new start experience
  16. Click start
  17. Follow the same process you did previously to get your first value.
  18. Record the value in the next slot
  19. There is space to compare up to 10 locations
  20. Do not refresh or exit the webpage the values you enter are not recorded and you will have to redo any grinds that you lost information about. (You may wish to just use the timer and calculator and record your end values in a word processor or with pen and paper).

Hopefully this calculator helps you find the best grindspot with the least effort and minimal math. To suggest changes please use the contact us box.

New Car Gasoline Savings With Auto Calculator

Background – Save Money Buying A Car

My car is a 1997 model Crown Victoria LX with 253,000 miles on the odometer. I have owned it for about 13 years. A few years back (when gas prices were hovering around $4.00 a gallow) I decided to not buy a new car until I was making money by purchasing a car. Let me clarify what that means. Modern cars are much more efficient than older cars with regards to gasoline. Further gas prices keep (or at least have kept) increasing (fracking and domestic oil production may change this trend). In order to make money buying a car, I need to be putting money in my pocket in exchange for the purchase.

My old car
My old Crown Victoria LX which needs replacing.

The easiest way to determine how much money is going into my pocket is to first determine how much money it costs to operate my car during the course of a year. This includes regular maintenance (oil change for instance), unscheduled maintenance (transmission explodes), and of course gasoline. Regular maintenance can be easily estimated by taking your records for the last several years and averaging them into a cost per year. Unscheduled maintenance is more difficult to determine but a long term average per year and reading reports on other cars of the same make and model may get you into the ballpark area. I also do not examine this aspect. The third and final aspect (the one most interesting to me) is fuel cost savings.

The Problem – Should I replace my car?

Randy's Jeep
My friend Randy in his Jeep with his girlfriend. He is starting a website soon and I will update this with his link then.

The problem requires solving several problems which effectively make up a cost/benefit analysis specific to MPG when comparing two vehicles (mine and the one I want to buy). First, the annual consumption of my car must be determined. Second, the predicted annual consumption of the proposed new car must be determined. To determine these values it must also be determined how much is driven annually.

The Solution – A comparative analysis in excel

This is a complicated enough analysis that I decided to use an excel sheet to assist with the calculations (plus I can share it with you all easily). For my analysis I determine that I drive 30 miles to and from work each day. Then I determined about how much driving I do on a weekly basis in addition to my work commute. Finally I included the amount of driving I do on vacation weeks and how many vacation week I take in a year. Don’t laugh I don’t get a lot of vacation and earn pennies. This calculation approximates how much driving I conduct on a yearly basis. Its probably fairly accurate but only an estimate. A better measure might be to call you mechanic and get your milage on various dates when you changed your oil and extrapolating that data into an annual milage number.

OK, we have determined the milage (just fill in the yellow boxes on the spreadsheet it’s really simple) driven in a year. The next step is to determine how much that milage costs in fuel. For this calculation we need to compare the vehicle currently being driven and the vehicle that might be a desirable purchase. I will compare my car to a Toyota Prius Hybrid (it has a MSRP of about $19,000 currently and gets 60 MPG) because its low cost and great effeciency make it a good candidate for a replacement.

MPG can be acquired from fuel economy.gov or you can calculate your own independently. For my car it lists at 18 mpg, but I measure it closer to 15 mpg (possibly my driving? Or I need a tune up?). The mpg is divided by the annual miles to determine the gallons of fuel required per year. This is multiplied by the cost of gasoline to determine the fuel expense. The same calculation is done on both vehicles and the trade in value and purchase price are considered to determine the actual cost/savings each month. You can compare that number to your actual loan to determine what effect the purchase will have on your monthly budget. My goal is to increase my monthly budget by purchasing a new car and I am still waiting for cars to be efficient enough, my commute to work long enough and the cost of gas high enough to justify the purchase (Bluetooth connectivity will be a great upgrade from my tape deck).

Gas Savings Excel Sheet
An excel image which shows the potential gas savings from purchasing a new more efficient car.

Conclusion – Some Additional Conaiderations

I have heard and I suspect it is true that the purchase of a new car is worse for the environment than continuing to drive a much less efficient vehicle. This would be caused by several factors including pollution and energy use in the manufacturing process and creation of new materials, such as plastics etc for the car itself. Perhaps one article I will examine that aspect. From a financial perspective I think the mpg and maintenance are the primary factors to consider and will give a buyer adequate information to make a well informed decision. Happy car buying.

Here is a link for the spreadsheet which you may use yourself.

 Update I Made An Auto Calculator:

I made a auto calculator for you all so that you do not need to use the spreadsheet any longer. This calculator will determine the savings yoo could see based on your input. Please remember prices can change and other variables also can impact these values.