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

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:37PM EST

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Good news: The iPhone 5 doesn’t just feel light in your hand, it will also feel light in your electric bill. The energy-consumption researchers at Opower on Thursday released a study showing that Apple’s (AAPL) newest smartphone costs just $0.41 per year to charge, or $0.12 less than the Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III. In fact, Opower says that the only big-name consumer device to suck up less power than the iPhone 5 was the iPhone 4, which cost just $0.38 to charge per year. By comparison, Opower says that an Xbox 360 costs an average of $40.24 to power per year while a laptop PC costs around $8.31.

[Via MacRumors]


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.