How much power does starlink use?

There are three models of Starlink Standard/RV, High Performance, and original round dish which is no longer manufactured. So, today we will discuss the actual power that these Starlink antennas use. In this article we will also discuss the factors that will affect your power consumption.

Standard And RV Starlink Power use

The Standard (rectangular) Starlink consumes 50-75 watts of power on an average. This includes its hardware like router, antenna, cables and power supply.

When this unit is idle it uses around 20 watts to keep it up and running.

This standard starlink also has peak usage at 100-240V~ 4.5A 50-60Hz. As per official starlink they do not provide DC-input power supplies. Also in case you are using modified sine and pure sine wave inverters then it is compatible with them too.

High Performance And Flat High Performance Starlink Power Usage

The average power consumption of High Performance Starlink units range between 110-150 watts. This covers its cables, router, power, supply, and antenna.

High Performance peak power usage is at 100-240V~ 4.5A 50-60Hz

Also, when high performance is idle it uses 45 watt of power to keep it running.

Original (round) Starlink Power use

Like already said, this unit is discontinued. But this round starlink uses 65-100 watts of power. These are not official figures, because Starlink never released them. This has been calculated with the help of our own experience of using it.

Ideal power consumption of a starlink round dish is 40-60 watts.

Power Utilization Depends On

It totally depends upon the amount of work that that unit is doing. For Instance, If it is ideal then it wont consume much power, while if it is snowing it will consume extra power in order to melt snow. Lets learn about these-


If there are obstructions like buildings, trees, etc near your Dish then it will regularly try to reconnect to the satellites for better connection. Since the standard and high performance dish has motorized orientation that’s why they will consume more energy. On the other hand flat high performance is permanently fixed so it won’t consume more power.


Weather plays an important role in terms of power consumption. The dish is equipped to melt snow at the rate of 40mm/hr in standard starlink. In High performance dish it melts snow at the rate of 75mm/hr which consumes a lot of power. 

Also when it rains, the rain obstructs the transmitting and receiving signals. Which in turn requires more power.

Network activity

Let’s suppose at any given point of day 10 devices are connected and they all are streaming online or downloading files. Then this will consume a lot of power. Whereas if at any point of day none are connected then it will consume way less power. 

Moreover, we all know how high the Satellites are from the dish. So, when we have to upload data then it takes more power. Whereas when we have to download data it takes less power. And both these activities are directly related to the number of devices.


We have checked the power usage of other conventional routers in the market like Netgear, Linksys, Tplink, etc. And they all almost use the same amount of power as Starlink, which is impressive. Starlink, which has revolutionized Remote Internet Connectivity, is going to improve at lightning speed. So, the power consumption of starlink dishes is justified by the quality of Internet they are providing. 

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