Home Appliances: Amps and Watts Ratings

How many amps and watts do household appliances use?

The domestic appliance power ratings shown below are indicative only. We've used the highest that we could find for popular household appliances.

Electrical power is measured in watts, W, a unit of power. Electrical current is measured in amps, A, the rate at which it flows. 

Ratings of commonly used household appliances

Domestic Portable Appliance Amps Used Watts Used
Laptop <0.5 65 - 100
Mobile phone charger <0.5 <12
Kettle 13 3000
Satellite TV box <0.5 30
Printer <0.5 50
Radio <0.5 40
Radiator 8.5 2000
DVD player <0.5 28
Hair dryer 10.0 2200
Landline cordless telephone charger <0.5 10
Computer monitor <0.5 100
Desktop computer 3.0 700
Television 42" HD 0.5 120
Games console 0.86 <200
Washing machine 10 2200
Toaster 9.0 2000
Tumble dryer 11.0 2500
Dishwasher 10.0 2200
Iron 12.5 2800
Microwave 4.5 1000
Vacuum cleaner 9.0 2000
Radiator (oil filled) 13.0 3000

How do you convert watts and amps?

Watts To Amps Calculator
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How to check if your household appliances are safe

It’s a good idea to check plugs and wires regularly, as your household appliances can be damaged with use.

Find out how to check the plugs on your household appliances here