How Many Watts of Electricity does a Desktop Fan use?

Real power-use measurements from a desktop fan.

How Much Power does a Desktop Fan use

Desktop Fan: 16 Watts


  • Small fans use a small motor to turn a small propellor-shaped blade which moves air. This one is about 11 inches tall.
  • varies from 11 watts (low power) to 16 watts (high)

Power Use

  • Watts: 16
  • Kilowatts: 0.016 Kw.

Operation Cost

  • cost per minute: 0 hundredths of one cent (0 ¢)
  • cost per hour: 19 hundredths of one cent (0¢)
  • cost per day: 2¢
  • cost per month: 29¢

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Power use of these items was actually tested. Individual items will vary, but these are the actual measurements.