Charging the iPhone 6 is one of the least expensive things you'll do all year

Charging the iPhone 6 is one of the least expensive things you'll do all year
How much would you guess it costs to charge a smartphone for an entire year? That's a hard question to answer because it is likely something that you have never thought about before. Well, we've got the answer (at least for Apple's new devices); and, it turns out that charging your iPhone 6 is one of the least expensive things you'll do all year.

Opower has looked into the issue and has concluded that it takes 10.5 watt-hours of electricity to fully charge the iPhone 6 once. Assuming you charge it once per day, every day for one year, that comes out to be 3832.5 watt-hours (aka 3.8325 kilowatt-hours). If you take the U.S. average cost of electricity as 12.29 cents per kilowatt-hour, that adds up to a mere $0.47 per year to charge your iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Plus and its bigger battery would cost $0.52 per year, because it would require about 4.2 kilowatt-hours. There aren't many things that you have to pay for that only cost 50 cents per year. 

The numbers may be tiny on an individual level, but when you consider that Apple sold 10 million iPhones in the first weekend, that alone makes up about $5 million in energy costs. That's a sobering thought, considering a smartphone is one of the least power-hungry devices in your home, and also considering that the average person in Haiti uses just 32 kilowatt-hours of electricity in total for one year. 

The big trouble with the study is that the only comparison it gives is to the iPhone 5, which cost $0.41 per year to charge. We would have loved to see these numbers for other popular phones in the Android and Windows Phone world. The cost appears to be somewhat correlated to battery size, but at a certain point, you could start charging every other day, which would bring the cost back down again. So, we would assume there are some devices out there that would cost significantly less than an iPhone to charge. 

source: Opower via BGR

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

What about Z3c? It has less capacity than iPhone 6+ but a far better endurance

3. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I want see xperia z3 compact in table for hot phones like iPhone6 (small)

27. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Who cares. Unless 5 cents a year matters for you. In which case you won't own the iPhone.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Bending the iPhone 6 is one of the easiest things you'll do all year.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009


7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How did that fit into this article?

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

by bending it in


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

THIS!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

20. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014


24. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

That had to be one of the best retorts ever !!

25. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Oh god, i dropped my coffe out of laughter

29. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

by just saying bend,you'll get more than 30 likes,lol

14. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

will you it all year long?

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I wonder how long will people use these jokes, coz they're already boring and cheap.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Just like the jokes about Touchwiz being laggy and Samsung's "cheap" and yet unbendable design. Touchwiz has been running smooth for years, but that doesn't stop the trolls still. So think about that one for a minute.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Those touchwiz jokes got lame, but these ones got lame too. I'm not an Apple user, but I am tired of the same old jokes over and over again. It's like clinging on to that one thing because there is nothing else to cling on to.

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I usually charge my phone in the office. Saves me a fortune on electric bills.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol I keep my charged at work

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013


15. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

You have to pay for gas which is then converted to electricity to charge your phone in the car.

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

A fortune is quite cheap nowadays, it seems. xD

6. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

... This data is rather meaningless... it only demonstrates the cost to charge a battery of a given size once a day. It would be more relevant to correlate the data with battery use for a given charge. Since we know the battery life of a given device, and the amount of charge required to fill the battery, it should be easy to create a formula that produces a cost per year for a given device when an input of hours of use per day is provided.

16. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Do your own math then.

9. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I think the amount you spend on charging will be very similar for all phones cuz if the battery is smaller (iPhone) you'll end up charging it more

10. KaranK

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Least expensive energy costs...and most expensive phone/ornament cost! !..

19. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

So by saving energy cost upto some decades your iphone will be free of cost for you....

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol, I haven't heard of charging a phone costing a dime other than costing my time. And what good is spending top dollar on a phone, and saving few cents on charging? Ridiculous!

18. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

because spending 4 cents instead of 5 cents to charge your phone every month is the best saving around...

28. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

any smartphone is extremely cheap to charge... 5V is nothing.

30. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Don't all other smartphones cost really little to charge anyways? I'm sure they are all under $1/year.

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