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This is how much you’ll pay to charge the iPhone 6 for a year

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:51PM EST
iPhone 6 Price
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“The iPhone 6 Plus may bend in your pocket,” Opower’s Barry Fischer wrote in a blog post on Thursday, “but it won’t bend your energy bill higher.” We’ll forgive him for that one-liner, though, because it was written alongside a very interesting post that shares the results of Opower’s study examining how much it costs to charge the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus regularly for a year. Neither phone has class-leading battery life, and all that charging must add up, right?

Don’t worry, it’s actually much cheaper than you might think.

According to the company’s study, it takes about about 10.5 watt-hours of electricity to fully charge the iPhone 6. Using the U.S. average retail price of electricity, which is 12.29 cents per kilowatt-hour, that means fully charging your iPhone 6 once each day for a full year will cost a total of… $0.47.

The iPhone 6 Plus needs a little more juice to fill its larger battery, and it’ll cost you $0.52 per year as a result.

Opower noted that an average laptop uses 14 times more electricity per year than the iPhone 6, a desktop uses 49 times more power, an Xbox One takes 61 times more energy to run and an HDTV uses 71 times more juice annually.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.