MMW Fact of The Day: New iPad Costs $1.36 to Charge Annually

Here’s an interesting mobile fact that you might get a “charge” out of. According to a new report published Friday, one value meal at your nearest fast food restaurant costs almost three-times more than it does to charge your third-generation iPad for a full year.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) says that the annual cost to charge a new iPad is just $1.36.

The non-profit research and development group defines iPad charging as giving your tablet a full charge every other day.

According to the EPRI’s findings as highlighted by the AP, if the number of iPads triples from the current 67 million, they would need the electricity from one small power plant operating at full strength.

“As information technologies continue to change rapidly we see important implications for energy consumption,” said EPRI Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization Mark McGranaghan. “These results raise important questions about how the shifting reliance from desktop to laptop to mobile devices will change energy use and electricity requirements for the information age.”