While watching the Star Wars movies, playing the video games or watching the cartoons, one can’t help but to notice the amount of gadgets that seems to have very small power sources. There were lightsabers, there were blasters and there were androids. Barely ever plugged in or recharged. The team at Ebates took the time to work with physicists to determine the power needs of some of your favorite Star Wars tech and what it would take to power up the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance.
To better understand power terminology, Ebates took a look at the common energy usage of things in the world around us. One AA alkaline battery contains 3.9 watt-hours. A car battery contains 722 watt-hours. The new Tesla Powerwall has 7 kilowatt-hours. A nuclear reactor yields 1,000 megawatts or 22,000 megawatt-hours per day on average. One barrel of oil is equivalent to 1.7 megawatt-hours and 19 gallons of gasoline. The Earth consumes 104,426 terawatt-hours per year.
Here is a list of the top Star Wars gadgets and the amount of ‘Earth Power’ that would be needed to make each one work.
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