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The cost of charging your iPhone 5 for a whole year is just 41 cents

The cost of charging your iPhone 5 for a whole year is just 41 cents
Have you ever wondered how much it costs to charge your fancy new smartphone? You might think that with those bigger screens the sum has grown from the nickels it cost charging a feature phone, and while they certainly consume more energy, research shows that it costs only 41 cents to charge the brand new iPhone 5 for a whole year.

The 3.5-inch iPhone 4 cost just a bit less to charge at 38 cents, and the iPhone 5’s biggest rival the Samsung Galaxy S III with its much larger 4.8-inch display costs 53 cents to charge for a year.

Still, that’s such a small sum to pay for charging your device for a year that we wouldn’t really think about the difference, we’d rather focus on how low that number is.

Bigger screen gadgets like plasma television sets and devices like the Xbox 360 were in the top of the electrical spending charts costing you more than $40 for charging a year.

A laptop PC costs $8.31 to charge on average, so overall those are all sums that shouldn’t really bother us much, don’t you think? Check out some more very interesting facts in the charts below.

source: Opower via BGR

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posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:30 16

1. sarb009 (Posts: 265; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


cost of iphone 5 is 200$ more than the same or greater specs mobile phone also

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:44 5

2. JC557 (Posts: 704; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Size of iPhone components, including battery, are also smaller. So in a way the GS3 is kind of a bargain.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:48 4

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


I never thought US electrical cost can be so cheap compare to others...

May I know the average monthly cost of electric in US? Coz I'm not I'm US...

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:47 1

11. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


It's between 6-24 cents depending on the state and basically the price is lower in some states because of excess capacity (Washington state idles wind farms for instance).

BTW, this article made me want to buy an iPhone over a GS3 so I could take advantage of all that savings. I mean WOW! $0.12! That's more than 3% of a cup of coffee! With those kinds of savings, I can pay off my student loans, buy a new car and fly first class!

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 10:47 1

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


WTF 24cent per month?
I thought it about hundreds...

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 13:15

14. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Wendy if your referring to electricity pricing per month TOTAL then my moms and grandpas averages between $120-$150

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 01:10

16. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


It is hundreds mate, especially in the lower states of America, since the bloody heat is quite nasty

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:58 1

4. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Theseare just lame gimmicks by Rotten Apple to get you to buy their iCrap iPhone!
hey Apple how about making a quality product for once? Like which does not have crap OS, crap paint jobs, crap scuffing...how about stop making that entire load of iCrap and start making some REAL phones?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 04:06 3

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


U mad?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 04:18 2

7. StephenEIop (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


u mad?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 04:20 3

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


I don't understand why are you hating me so much...
can you educate me my friend?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 05:05 1

9. StephenEIop (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Don't be stupid, he have his own choice.. Whether he likes iPhone or not you shouldn't just bash him

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 04:12 2

6. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


I don't think anyone cares about how much it costs for a whole year, since it's not that big of a deal

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:19

10. ibap (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


So that's what it costs to charge the phone to run it. But what about what it costs to leave the charger plugged in all the time?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:34 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5649; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


53 cents is a lie. it COST MORE than that to replace or fix your iphone

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 01:07

15. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I love how the iPhone 4s was left out of this discussion, probably since it's battery life sucked, and that this article screams iPhone Fanity, otherwise why not have an article that specifically says, "it only costs 53 cents to charge a galaxy s3 for a whole year" no it had to be the iPhone, when it's actually more surprising to see the cost ratio and none the less the massive display of the galaxy s3 oh well :)

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 07:12

17. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


Plenty of ppl carry their plug to a business and ninja charge, so that's no cost to use phone user..lol

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