Electricity usage of a Cell Phone Charger

Cell phones, mobile phones, even smart phones and tablets are very energy efficient because they are designed to run on a battery for a long period of time. Cell Phones use approximately 2 to 6 watts when charging, while a charger left plugged in without a phone will consume 0.1 to 0.5 of a watt. Charging an iphone or android phone under normal use conditions will typically cost under a dollar for a full year.

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Charging a cell phone is not a very significant source of energy consumption. Unplugging your phone charger may save a little bit of energy, but even if you left a plugged in charger without a device which is consuming half a watt 24/7 for a full year, it will only cost you 44 cents a year @ 10 cents per kWh.


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