How Much Does a Real Lightsaber Cost?

May 2016, Planet Earth: To celebrate Star Wars Day (May The Fourth Be With You!), British Gas has revealed the secrets behind some of the most famous science fiction technologies, and the energy cost of running them.

-Sci-fi nation: more than half of us are now signed-up sci- fi geeks
-Invisibility cloak tops the list of the most desired sci-fi technology
-Energy facts behind science fiction inventions revealed

Sci-Fi Fantasy Tech  Source  Cost to power for a day (24hrs) Equivalent in power to…
1x Invisibility Cloak
Harry Potter
 A light Bulb (100W)
1x Transporter
Star Trek
 A Fan Heater (1000W)
1x Life Remote Control
 An Oven (2000W)
1x Hoverbike
Star Wars
 One Hundred Dishwashers (150,000W)
1x X-Ray Sunglasses
James Bond
 An LED Light Bulb (5W)
1x Sonic Screwdriver
Doctor Who
 An Electric Screwdriver (5W)
1x Hoverboard
Back to the Future
 A Vacuum Cleaner (500W)
1x Jetpack
Minority Report
 One Hundred Microwaves (60,000W)
1x Self-Tying Shoes
Back to the Future
 A Laptop (50W)
1x Lightsaber
Star Wars
 Ten Electric Showers (1000,000W)


How much does a real lightsaber cost

An invisibility cloak tops the most-wanted list, followed by the transporter from Star Trek. The good news for wannabe Harry Potters or Master Chiefs is that an invisibility device is not only feasible, it could be powered by the same amount of energy as a 100W light bulb – meaning it would cost less to vanish (a couple of pence per hour) than to cook a microwave meal.

How much does a real lightsaber costThe bad news for Trekkies is that powering a transporter such as those found on the Starship Enterprise would require five hundred times all the energy produced in the world today. If you wanted Scotty to beam you up, you’d need to fork out around one quadrillion pounds sterling (£1,000,000,000,000,000) for your electricity bill.


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