The Apple iPad has been a replacement to the traditional laptop since its release in large part because of its long battery life. New reports say that the iPad 3 not only has long life, but will cost very little to charge.
Apple Insider is highlighting a new report that shows that the Retina Display iPad is taking just $1.36 per year to charge. That amount means that it costs less to repeatedly charge the newest iPad, 60-watt compact fluorescent light bulb without stop over the same time period.
Considering how much use the iPad gets from its many happy customers that is quite the savings. The report, authored by the Electric Power Research Institute says that the iPad and devices modeled after it will help to offset the power drain that the information age has sparked.
The EPRI did this study, because they wanted to see what kind of a power pull these new mobile devices had compared to bigger devices such as HDTVs and traditional desktop computers. What the study found is that all the iPads that are currently out on the market pull down 590 gigawatt hours per year. Even if the number of iPads tripled over the next year, their power needs could be met by two 250-megawatt power stations running at 50 percent of optimal output.
This is good news for a country still trying to pull itself out of a near economic collapse. The United States is seeing more people turning to energy efficient devices in order to save money. The US government expects the power needs of the country to fall for the third straight year and that trend should continue into the future with more people adopting devices like the iPad.