Which Mobile Phones Have the Best Battery Life?

If battery life is important to you, then this article you will help you discover the smartphones with the longest and quickest charge. We have listed both premium and budget-friendly models for those of you that are looking to save money.

Last updated: 6th Jun 2019 at 1:29pm

Best Battery Life by Brand | Best Battery Life by Model

The Best battery life by brand

Here we will take a look at which mobile phones have the best battery for each brand. We will also highlight which batteries have fast charging and have wireless charging support.

The capacity of batteries is measured inmilliamp hour also known as mAh, the higher the mAh the more power the battery can hold. We will now take a look at the batteries in Apple,  SamsungSonyHuaweiMotorolaOppo and Honor.

Apple battery performance

  • Apple iPhone XR (2,942mAh) has a clever processor that uses machine learning to adapt your power usage based on what you do in a typical day. This can give you up to 16 hours of video playback or up to 15 hours of internet usage. The battery will fast charge to 50% in 30 minutes and it supports wireless Qi charging.
  • The Apple iPhone XS (2,658mAh) performs slightly worse with up to 14 hours of video playback or up to 12 hours of browsing the web. Just like the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS is fast charging and supports wireless charging.
  • Apple iPhone XS Max (3,174mAh) offers fast charging, wireless charging support, and provides up to 15 hours of video playback or up to 13 hours of internet use. If you like listening to music, then this iPhone can rock-it-out for up to 65 hours.

Samsung's battery performance

  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (3,100mAh) ensures 24-hour usage through smart Intelligent Battery Software, which gains efficiency by closing down unused apps. The phone supports Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and can be used to charge other (compatible) phones with Wireless PowerShare.
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (3,400mAh) has Wireless PowerShare and supports Fast Wireless Charging 2.0. The battery is designed to get you through one whole day and a night in a single charge.
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (4,100mAh) uses the same tech as the Samsung phones above and if you buy a Fast Wireless Charger, then you can charge the battery 27% faster than before.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (4,000mAh) offers the same benefits as the phones in the Galaxy S10 range. The Galaxy Note 9 has a Super AMOLED display that is bright and clear, yet it is very power efficient, even with a 6.4” size.

Sony battery performance

  • Sony Xperia XZ3 (3,300mAh) will make sure that you get through the day with its Smart Stamina feature. This Sony phone has Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging and these ensure a longer battery lifespan by only charging it to full just before you wake up.

Huawei battery performance

  • Huawei P20 (3,400mAh) uses Huawei SuperCharge to give hours of use in minutes of charge.
  • Huawei P Smart 2019 (3,400mAh) has the battery capacity to see you through the day. This phone can be recharged 22% faster than its predecessor.

Motorola's battery performance

  • Motorola Moto G6 (3,000mAh) has a battery designed to give all day power. The Moto G6 battery doesn’t support wireless charge but the TurboPower charger, which is included in the box, puts hours of charge into the phone in just a few minutes. As you might expect the Moto G6 battery does not have the battery performance of an iPhone.
  • Motorola Moto E5 (4,000mAh) is the mobile phone for Motorola fans, pairing up a high-capacity battery with a 10W rapid charger. Getting to the end of the day will not be an issue for typical users.

Oppo battery performance

  • Oppo RX17 Pro (3,700mAh) stands out from the crowd by putting two battery cells together in one phone. The Bi-cell design (2x 1,850mAh) is incredibly power efficient and can be charged super fast (SuperVOOC Flash Charge), to approximately 40% in only 10 minutes.

Honor battery performance

  • Honor 10 Lite (3,400mAh) is a more affordable phone that still has that killer all-screen front. Even with a large 6.21” display, this phone is still one of the top performers when it comes to standby and usage times.

The Best battery life by model

Battery capacity only tells half the story because the size and resolution of the display and the processor all affect how long the battery will last. Tech site GSMarena gives each phone an endurance rating based on actual usage.

In each test, the display is set to the same brightness. The phone is then used to make a one-hour phone call, browse the internet for one hour, and play a video for one hour, each day until the battery runs out.

Below, you can see the number of hours that each phone lasted, giving an accurate result in which mobile phones have the best battery life.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – 97 hours
  2. Samsung Galaxy S10+ - 91 hours
  3. Sony Xperia XZ3 – 90 hours
  4. Honor 10 Lite – 89 hours
  5. Huawei P Smart 2019 – 88 hours
  6. Samsung Galaxy S10e – 83 hours
  7. Oppo RX17 Pro – 80 hours
  8. Samsung Galaxy S10 – 79 hours
  9. Apple iPhone XS Max – 79 hours
  10. Apple iPhone XR – 78 hours
  11. Huawei P20  - 75 hours
  12. Apple iPhone XS – 72 hours
  13. Motorola Moto G6 – 64 hours

These results are intriguing and prove that Samsung seems to have the edge on Apple. It is also a surprise to see phones from the lesser known brands appearing high in this list (Honor and Oppo). While premium phones hold the top three spots, after this budget phones (the Huawei P20 and the Moto G6) appear with frequency, proving that you don’t need to spend the earth to get a mobile phone with great battery life.

Tips for getting the most from your phone’s battery

Finally, we will share a few tips that everyone can employ to get the most from their phone’s battery:

  • Keep your phone out of the sun – Hot batteries hold their charge for a shorter amount of time.
  • Don’t charge your battery to full until the last minute – A battery at 100% charge is under stress and this reduces the lifespan of the battery.
  • Use the battery saver when needed – Many phones have the option to have the battery saver turned on automatically when the battery is depleted to a certain level.
  • Dim the brightness of the display - Having your phone on full brightness all day will use up all your battery.
  • Buy a power bank – These can recharge the phone away from a power point.

**No manufacturer will include a wireless charger with a new phone, this as an accessory that can be brought to take advantage of a cable-less charging experience. We recommend the following wireless chargers

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