Printing costs are an important factor that most users consider before buying a printer. Printing costs consists of multiple things, but power consumption cost is one important element. The most basic choice consumers have to make is between buying a laser printer or an inkjet printer. In this guide, we will compare in detail the power consumption of laser and inkjet printers.

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Printer Power Consumption Comparison

Power Consumption Comparison
Printer Type Home uses printer Commercial Printer
Inkjet Printer 30 to 50 watts 300 to 500 watts
Laser Printer 300 to 550 watts up to 1000 watts


Home Use Printers

An average laser printer designed for home use tends to consume anywhere between 300 to 550 watts of power. For home use inkjet printers the power consumption can range between 30 to 50 watts when it is printing. During standby mode a laser printer can consume nearly 10 watts, however, during the same mode an inkjet printer consumes around 3 to 5 watts.

Business Class Printers

Printer which are designed for business are heavy-duty printer and needless to say they can perform multiple jobs for longer period of time and at much higher speed. Therefore, they consume much more power than home use printers.

A laser printer designed for commercial use can consume up to 1000 watts, while an inkjet printer designed for business purpose consumes between 300 to 500 watts during printing. The power consumption of a business class inkjet printer during standby mode is 30 to 50 watts and during the same mode a commercial laser printer can draw nearly 100 watts.


Q: Which among laser and inkjet printers consume more power?

A: Laser printer consumes way more power as compared to inkjet printer.

Q: Why laser printers consume more power?

A: Laser printers need to warm up to about 200 degrees Celsius before they can start printing. This is a major reason behind their high power consumption.

Q: Can we reduce laser printer power consumption?

A: By printing more pages in a single batch you can reduce the power required for warming up of your laser printer frequently.

Q: What is the best habit to reduce printer power cost?

A: Turn off your printer when it’s not in use.

Q: What to consider while buying a printer?

A: If you only need to print from your device, don’t buy as all-in-one as you may end-up paying high-energy costs.

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  1. Which kind of battery can I use for hp1010
    When there will be power cut
    I mean if there is no eletricty ????
    How much ampere need for hp1010

    • It takes around 350-400 watts while printing. You can use more than 110AH battery with a minimum of 700VA UPS / inverter

    • @Hari Singh – Canon mf244dw printer takes around 500 watts while printing, so 1500va Inverter is enough for that because its maximum power consumption is 1150 watts – Maybe it is likely to use two heaters to warm up fast. If you want extra backup then go with a double-battery inverter (24 volts) unit.

    • Brother HL-2321d printer’s maximum power consumption is 1080 watts and while printing it takes normal 500-600 watts. So you can pick 160-180 AH battery/12volt and minimum 1500va/12volts Inverter. It will give you 3-4 hours of backup but if you need more backup then you can go with 2 batteries and 2000va/24volt inverter.

    • It is an Ink-Tank printer so it takes very low power (11 Watts Maximum). Minimal UPS (500va/600va) UPS/Inverter will work with a 12v battery. The battery size is according to your backup requirements. A computer USB will give you about 40-60 minutes of backup and a normal home inverter (500/600va) with 150ah battery will give you around 6-10 hours.

  2. Sir, which kind of battery and inverter is needed for using BROTHER MFC-L2540 DW laser printer and 1 Dell 3010 desktop computer??

    • 1100 watts for printer and 600 watts for Desktop. You’ll need a minimum of 2000/2200/2500 watts capacity 24 volt inverter with two 12v batteries.


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