LG V30 battery life score is out: big improvements!

The LG V30 is an outstanding camera phone, but with LG falling short in terms of battery life in the past, we wondered whether it has finally improved with the V30.

To test that, we have the LG V30 go through our battery test and the results are in.

The LG V30 is in fact the LG phone with the longest-lasting battery when we speak about flagship-grade products. While we did have troubles even getting through a day with the original LG V10 and the LG G5, the company has steadily been improving since than. But it is not just about the size of the batteries. Look at the physical size of the battery cells in the V series:

What has changed with the V30 is that it uses a newer and more efficient processor - the Snaprdagon 835 - and it does away with the secondary display. And here is its score:

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
LG V30 9h 34 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 8h 37 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Average)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Poor)
LG V20 6h 23 min (Poor)
LG V10 5h 51 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 7h 50 min (Average)
HTC U11 9h 3 min (Good)
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Average)

The V30 gets more than 9 hours and a half, which ranks it near the top of the charts, with a result that outscores most other flagship phones. In our limited time with the phone, we saw that it indeed can go the extra mile and last a full day, even with more intense use, and with moderate use you can expect a day and a half off the charger.

Another important aspect of the bigger battery picture is the time it takes to recharge a phone. We tested the V30 using the wall charger that comes in the box and here is what we found:

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
LG V30 108
Apple iPhone 8 148
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 178
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
LG G6 97
LG V20 86
LG V10 65
Apple iPhone 6s 150
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 102
HTC U11 98
Google Pixel 119

It takes just 1 hour and 48 minutes to fully charge up the battery on the V30. That's slower than earlier V series phones: the original V10 was actually the fastest charging phone ever taking just 65 minutes for a full charge, but the current charging speeds of the V30 are not too bad and are comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Have you gotten the LG V30 already? What is your experience with battery life?

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  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)



1. therealbigrich

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

This has to mean that the Pixel XL 2 has pretty good battery life right

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

We will have the score for the new Pixels soon, stay tuned :)

26. DKinMN

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

How soon? I want to make a decision between the two by the 18th because of the free Home Mini. This review makes me think the Pixel will break 10 hrs.

31. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

tons of reviewers on the net. I dont trust phone arenas reviews anymore. all biased asz iphone fans

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Phones this year are having great battery life. You can't go wrong with any of them.

5. TechGirl90 unregistered

This goes to show that it’s not the Battery Capacity that will improve Battery Life, but the optimization behind it. Well done LG!

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's right. Just look at Note 8's inferior battery life even though capacities are the same.....lol

13. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Battery Optimizations in Android become less and less significant after you install a dozen software or so then it begins to Lag trust me. Also happens in iOS but it's less prone to it because if its smarter handling of multitasking.

24. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Gotta clean the cache partition. Look up how to do it

7. Tretas

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

dahhhhhhh Huawei Mate 9 !!

9. limona

Posts: 72; Member since: May 19, 2017

What is the resolution of the phone used for this test?

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I see that PA isn't the only site where the V30's battery life scores high. I've also just looked it up at GSMArena, and they rated the V30's endurance at 87hrs, and that's a huge 19hrs improvement over the V20! I'm impressed


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, I know. It's up with the Note 8. Honestly, just make sure you don't use at max brightness much and use a black theme for your browser (UC Browser, for instance) and the V30's browsing time should improve by at least an hour or more.

20. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

I do not like both tests. Because they do not simulate real use. I think if they browse 1h on internet, use social network, take photos, online/offline music, youtube, play recorded videos, send messages and talk on the phone would be much better.

11. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

DAT display though

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1133; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

LG finally got it right in the battery department, that has been hugely letting them down since the G3. Great improvement LG. kudos!

14. .KRATOS.

Posts: 443; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well on YouTube I saw other wise I saw that the V30 beat the iphone8 plus in battery test

15. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well I've truly seen all I need to see for the V30. It's a true beast except for that front facing camera. Can't wait to get mine.

16. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

hey, this is the only battery test where iPhones come first, even tim cook and co is confused with this. all other test shows how poor iphone battery is . all hail iphonearna

19. Octane

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

Strange how the HTC U11 still beat most of it's competitors and doesn't get the recognition it gets.. very strange

22. dinmen

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 07, 2017

Very impressed with the HTC U11. If only it didn't have those massive bezels

21. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Wow iphones takes an eternity to charge. Impressed by LG this year.

23. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

I'm not buying this. I own a note 8 there's NO WAY an iPhone 6s gets better battery life

25. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Waiting for battery life of pixel XL 2 and huawei mate 10

27. Gafftaper

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Hey Phone arena, we need some further research on battery life. I have found several websites saying the V30 has average or worse battery life. Some list battery life as a "con". Others, including you guys, say battery life is outstanding. What's the deal? Are there some test techniques that have significantly different results? Thanks!

28. Gafftaper

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Hey Phone arena, we need some further research on battery life. I have found several websites saying the V30 has average or worse battery life. Some list battery life as a "con". Others, including you guys, say battery life is outstanding. What's the deal? Are there some test techniques that have significantly different results? Thanks!

30. ZPM101

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

With moderate/regular usage, my V30 is still at 60% 14hrs after a full charge. Truly amazing. I've never owned a device that is remotely capable of this feat! Well done LG!

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