Energy efficiency of recharging a mobile device

Jussi Ruutu, Jukka K. Nurminen, Kari Rissanen

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Because of losses in electricity conversion and storage only part of the energy taken from the power grid produces useful work in a battery-operated mobile device, the rest evaporates as heat. We analyze the recharging activity of a mobile phone to understand the efficiency of the different units involved (charger, EPM chipset, battery). Our measurements show that the efficiency is quite low, only about 15% of the electricity from the power grid ends up being used for the actual computing and communication elements of the mobile phone. It seems that there is room for improvement in the recharging efficiency. However, as the consumption of electricity of a single phone is small the incentive for improvements has been weak. © 2011 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Next Generation Mobile Applications, Services, and Technologies
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7695-4496-0
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeNot Eligible


  • Efficiency
  • Energy
  • Mobile phone
  • Power
  • Recharging


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