It may seem something of a departure from the usual iDB content, but just bare with us for a second.

According to Bill Colton, a VP at ExxonMobil, just one gallon of the company’s gas has the power to charge an iPhone once per day for a whopping twenty years. That’s a lot of charges.

While it is highly unlikely that Apple’s next iPhone charger will come with a tank instead of a plug, Colton’s point is well received – there’s a fair bit of power in that thar gasoline…

According to ExxonMobil, gasoline is one of the lightest and most energy dense fuels you’re going to find, which while mildly interesting does reek of a gas company trying to make its product sound better than it actually is. In a climate where electric cars are on the increase and it is generally accepted that our reliance on such fuels is a bad thing, companies like ExxonMobil are evidently on something of a P.R. jaunt.

No word on whether that once-per-day charge was on an iOS 5 device or not – we’d expect that galon to last half as long for devices using Apple’s latest battery-hungry OS.

Would you charge your iPhone using a tank of gas? The smell would probably be a tad overwhelming.


  • Dan

    betting the phone won’t last 20 years either

  • gblandos

    Electric will never replace gasoline which we use for 92% of transportation worldwide, and, as oil-derivatives, for the manufacture of millions of items of all kinds, including the remarkable iPhone and its myriad components. One gallon of crude contains the energy equivalent of one man’s hard labor for 90 days (one barrel = 10+ years). It gives us our modern supermarket, modern medicine, rock n’roll and so much more. Crude oil is a miracle of God’s green earth. This Christmas is as good a time as any to be thankful for all we have. Season’s Greetings to all!

    • Anonymous

      I think one of the points of replacing gasoline powered cars with electric ones is that we’ll use a lot less petroleum which will make it last a lot longer for the other valid uses you’ve mentioned.

      Also, electricity will most certainly replace gasoline as an energy source for transportation once the battery longevity and charging issues are solved (we’re not that far away). It’s much cheaper to produce, gives the automobiles much more torque or power per wheel and the acceleration is instant and very fast (no engine lag).

  • Anonymous

    I want my iPhone powered by liquid hydrogen! Gasoline’s energy density (by weight) is about 3X lower then liquid hydrogen.

    Forget gasoline. Hydrocarbons are so last century. LOL!

  • It seems like it’s cheaper to use gas to charge your iPhone then power from DWP, $4.00 a gallon = 20 years.

  • Anonymous

    Gasoline smells awesome

  • I currently use a solar charger it literally pays for itself I charge for free just using the power of the sun I’m in the future already !!!

  • lol@oliver and his case of the stupids re: gas. you’re a left wing propaganda machine’s dream of a useful idiot. thanks for the lol irl

  • I think Apple should show true leadership and develop (sun) light chargers on the back of its devices. Totally agree with OnlyVoodooScience: fossil fuels are sooo last Millennium. Hans – Apple fan in Amsterdam