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LG V10 battery life test score places it amongst shortest-lived big phones

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LG V10 battery life test score places it amongst shortest-lived big phones

The LG V10 is a crazy phone: it has a secondary display on top of the main one, and it has not one but two front facing cameras. In a world filled with similarly looking aluminum slabs, the V10 stands out.

And while its crazy ideas are backed up by an excellent camera that is among the best we've ever tested, there is one key aspect of the phone that deserves special attention: its battery life.

Time and time again, users are saying that great battery life is essential for a great phone experience. With a demanding 5.7" Quad HD display and the Snapdragon 808 system chip under the hood, how does the LG V10 battery life measures when compared against other big phones?

3,000mAh battery does not seem enough for the demanding 5.7" Quad HD display

We put the LG V10 and its user-removable, 3,000mAh cell through our battery life test and the results are worth your consideration for one simple reason: the V10 ranks the worst among all recent large phones. We run a custom script that mimics typical use to measure battery life, and in order to achieve equal conditions, we pre-set all displays of the phones we test at a brightness level of 200 nits (a level comfortable for indoor use). In this test, the display is always on, and the script is running until the phone's battery dies. The LG V10 scored a disappointing 5 hours and 51 minutes, noticeably less than the Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and the class-leading Motorola Droid Maxx 2.

Battery life test results

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours
Higher is better
Motorola DROID MAXX 2
11h 33 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo 2
8h 1 min (Excellent)
BlackBerry Priv
7h 20 min (Good)
OnePlus 2
6h 38 min (Average)
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
6h 29 min (Average)
Google Nexus 6P
6h 24 min (Average)
LG G4
6h 6 min (Average)
LG V10
5h 51 min (Average)
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What's interesting, though, is that at the same time, the LG V10 recharges wicked fast. It takes just 1 hour and 5 minutes to regain full charge (going from 0% to 100%), and that partly makes up for the disappointing battery longevity.

Recharge test results

minutes
Lower is better
LG V10
65
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
76
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
81
Motorola DROID Turbo 2
82
Google Nexus 6P
89
Motorola DROID MAXX 2
105
LG G4
127
OnePlus 2
150
BlackBerry Priv
155
Huawei Mate 8
156
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
165
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posted on 21 Jan 2016, 05:38 19

1. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)


i had this phone for 2 weeks the battery life was a disaster

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:27 5

5. dimas (Posts: 2146; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Lg have these battery problems since the g3. They make great-spec phones but they sure discourage potential buyers like me because of the short-lived powerhouse.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 07:02 2

8. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Its amazing to think they once had the best battery life phone with the LG G2, but have really lost the plot from the G3.

Truly shocking performance. That Snapdragon 808 is not a very good chip either, its performance at some points is lower than the older Snapdragon805's. The old Galaxy Note 4 scores better in AnTuTu than the V10.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 10:16 3

34. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


"its performance at SOME points is lower than the older Snapdragon805's."

More like all points. 805 smacks the 808. Better GPU, no throttling, double the memory bandwidth and more efficient.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 12:32

42. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 554; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Yeah. I think this is the reason their phones have had bad battery for a while. Just because a processor can handle a load, doesn't mean it should. Processors should be MORE than powerful enough for their intended use so that they're coasting along in the overwhelming majority of cases. This leads to efficient use of battery.

posted on 24 Jan 2016, 16:08

54. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


SD805's GPU is slower than SD808's one, lol.

posted on 24 Jan 2016, 20:11 1

55. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It's not. Adreno 420(sd805) is around 30% faster than 418(sd808). Check the benchmarks. You don't even need that, just check the model numbers.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 09:28

26. ibend (Posts: 4639; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


but it have removable battery... just need some second and get it fully charged..

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 22:01

48. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Well the note 5 has almost double that battery life lol. And you need to buy the second battery and external charge for that. dont forget to bring it on your pocket all the time too.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 12:04 1

41. QWERTYphone (Posts: 654; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


A SPARE REMOVABLE BATTERY IN YOU POCKET AND A WALL CHARGER SOLVES ALL BATTERY ISSUES, INCLUDING BATTERY LIFE.
This should be obvious to anyone with a brain.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 05:44 15

2. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


SD808 isn't good enough at pushing QHD!

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:10 5

3. Wiencon (Posts: 1882; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Kinda sad when you realise that G2 was a battery champ at time but this is another great example how QHD is useless

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:23 1

4. carlemillward (unregistered)


Saw this coming, good thing it is removable and has fast charging. What could the reason be: Snapdragon 808, LCD technology, software?

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:54 4

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Laggypop

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:08

16. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Its not laggy its stutters a lot.. its fast in opening closing apps and everything but animations are not smooth..

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:49 1

21. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Probably display tech. Any non-AMOLED QHD phone will have a tough time keeping its runtime high.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:35 1

6. Bogdan86 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


are they copying apple ? LOL :))

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 07:04 5

9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Truly disappointing but not surprising as the Snapdragon 808 is the SoC. While the 810 is at least momentarily powerful, the 808 is both weak and power hungry.

They should have used the Snapdragon 805 with higher clock.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 07:11 4

10. Sidewinder (Posts: 429; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


What happened to LG flagship battery life after the g2? They need to understand that the same old 3000mah battery ain't gonna cut it with specs this powerful. But on a surprising note, the note 5 seems to be doing quite good with the same capacity battery and display size.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:51 1

22. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


It's because of AMOLED. I've never heard a non-AMOLED QHD phone that lasts longer than S6 or 6P.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 07:34 2

11. Blest42188 (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Aug 2015)


i can attest to this. Battery life is cheeks with this phone

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 07:40 2

12. Sidewinder (Posts: 429; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


It is the only thing keeping me back from buying a LG g4 right now..

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 07:47

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 1655; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Samsung could do it with the same battery

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:28 1

17. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Samsung had it's own chipset. LG doesn't have that choice. Man, Qualcomm screwed up a lot of flagships in 2015.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:02 2

14. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


This results don't adheres to my experience.. I had LG V10 and Moto X.. I was getting better battery life with V10 than Moto X. for heavy users LG V10 is better but yes its not as great as I've other devices like Note 5, HTC One M8 or iPhone 6s plus

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:07

15. Ninetysix (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Wall-hugger.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:40

18. dmomintz (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Where is the Galaxy S6 Active on that list? Or

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:43

19. Ninetysix (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Hopefully you'll figure it out. We have high hopes for you.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:45

20. Coconut00 (Posts: 480; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


You can add it at the bottom. It scored 12 hours 9 minutes.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 09:26

25. ibend (Posts: 4639; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


because S6 active have 5.1 inch screen.. and this article is about big phone / phablet..
but you can manually add it

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 09:29 1

27. natypes (Posts: 1093; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


They don't like to include too many good phones or it would bump the iPhone too far down on the list.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 09:39

28. natypes (Posts: 1093; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


They don't like to include too many good phones or it would bump the iPhone too far down on the list.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:58

23. dbmcelroy (Posts: 26; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


I have the V10, and the battery life is much better than I anticipated after reading PA's battery test method report. It may be there is a difference from the international version and various carriers. I have verizon. Here are 2 tips: 1 power cycle the batter 3 times, Drain fully , then slow charge with power off. The battery is significantly stronger after power cycling. also The Qualcomm battery Guru app helps a lot.
This test shows Pa's measurements of new phones, but what a user needs to consider is how will the battery life be 18, 24, 36 months in? All batteries loose reserve power as they age. Quick charging accelerates battery aging also. My previous phone a G@ was absolutely stellar battery life for the first year, then id dropped like a rock. Less than 2 hours screen on time when I traded it for the V10. With a REPLACEABLE BATTERY, YOU CAN POP A NEW BATTERY IN AND IN 30 SECONDS YOUR PHONE IS BACK TO PERFORMING LIKE IT WAS NEW.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 08:59

24. Justlooking (Posts: 40; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Battery life is horrible no denying, but the camera is amazing. Also getting the free battery compensates the shortcoming all I have to do is swap them and instead of 5.5 hours now I have 11 for the same price ... And the 200gb card didn't hurt either

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 09:43

29. corvette72778 (Posts: 67; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Atleast they had the free battery promo when the V10 went on sale. The extra battery actually fits PERFECT in a wallet. I think this is ultimately better than 1 sealed battery.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 09:52 1

30. BattleBrat (Posts: 1458; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Another LG cheesy plastic brick, the G4 I mean. The V10 looked nice when I played with it in the carrier store. Is it studdery and laggy and crashy as the G3 and G4? Is the software just as counter intuitive and badly written as the G3 and G4? Sorry but I used a G3 and it was one cheesy looking cheaply constructed plastic brick. Everything the apple users say is wrong with android that hasn't been true in years was true on that phone!

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 10:15

33. LeoC57 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


I have seen all this sites where it says the LG G4 its fully charged after like 2 hours (120+ mins). I dont get it... I charge my G4 with the regular charger... and it takes about 90 mins to be fully charged. I even tried to charge it with an Aukey Powerbank (it supports QuickCharge 2.0) and its almost the same result, about 90+ mins. Ive never experienced a 2hour charge from 0 to 100%.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 10:18

35. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


All those sites use the stock charger(which I believe is not Qualcomm quick charge 2.0 one).

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 16:52

46. LeoC57 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Ive used the charger that comes in the box (a regular charger) and still gets it back to 100% in about 90 mins =S

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 11:26 1

36. Mreveryphone (Posts: 582; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


I had this phone for a week and returned it. Battery life was terrible and the UI was horrid. Plus I can't get with LCD screens... Hopefully LG will go to oled soon.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 11:28

37. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Weeeeeeaaaakkkkk. Come on, this is terrible for a recent phablet.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 11:57

40. Xperia14 (Posts: 436; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


The Note 5 and the iPhone 6S can by no means beat the battery life of the Z2! How is this possible in your chart PA?!

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 18:06

47. mixedfish (Posts: 1180; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Note 5 I don't know, but PA's iPhone battery life numbers are extremely contrasted by every other reputable website. I reckon PA just fudged the number to be in-line with their confirmation bias.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 14:41 2

43. tveith (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


You guys are the experts, but my experience with the V10 has been very different. I absolutely love this phone. I was using the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. The V10 has far better battery life. When I first purchased this phone, the battery didn't seem very good but after 3 or 4 cycles, it is outlasting the Edge+ by a large margin. I have no problem getting through a day of medium to heavy usage. Also, if I need extra charge, I carry a qualcomm 2.0 car charger and can add another 20% in 10 minutes. The V10 charges quickly and lasts much longer than other large screen phones. Also, regardless of the processor, I find the V10 to be one of the fastest, smoothest UI experiences I've ever had. I usually get bored and change my phone every six months to a year because I like trying out the best technology. With the V10, I really don't think I'll be changing my phone for at least a year or two. This phone has it all: Great build quality, good battery life, external sd, removable battery, great screen (Far superior to the Edge+ outdoors!!!) and it is super responsive and buttery smooth. Overnight I lose 1% battery life with data / wifi enabled (quiet mode). My S6 Edge+ would lose 5-10% overnight. Once you disable all of the bloatware, optimize your phone / apps, and greenify what you don't need, this phone will surpass your expectations. And if you run low on juice, swap your battery or give it a quick charge. The V10 is the best phone I've ever owned, and I've owned them all.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 16:46

45. Xperia14 (Posts: 436; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Yeah, there is something wrong with either their testing or with PA itself. They praised the S5 and S6 for its battery life which sucked in real life. Same with the iPhone 6 and 6S.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 15:52 1

44. dbmcelroy (Posts: 26; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


tveith,
I agree with you 100% totally satisfied with my V10. It is a keeper. Fast Fast Fast and SMOOOTH. And The audio from the Dac is incredible. My Etymotic H5's never sounded so good.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 22:45

49. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


So samsung galaxy note 5 is the best. Last long, recharge fast

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 23:14

50. rsiders (Posts: 915; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


The one issue I can't escape with my V10 unfortunately. I absolutely love this phone but I know realize just how good I had it with the Z3 when it came to battery life. I would still own the Z3 today if Sony had just unleashed the camera and actually compete in the camera space as far as options. No manual focus. No OIS. No shutter speed and customs white balance changes. For me I'll keep my awesome camera and keep swapping out the battery until LG can improve it. Well worth the sacrifice in battery life.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 01:11

51. MrTheenD (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2014)


Only 65 mins to fill up 3000mAh battery?!! I'm impressed.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 05:26

52. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


It's a trade off..but the Note 5 is pretty dope....wins in charging efficiency / battery life ratio...hands down.....IF only it had MicRo SD though LOL...SAMsung lost a lot of potential buyers with this one....including myself

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 10:30

53. JunBringer (Posts: 137; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


Still love mine. Recharging time is super fast, true.

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