Mobile Olympics: phones with the best battery life

Mobile Olympics: phones with the best battery life
Camera quality, processing speeds and screen resolution seem to have reached a pretty satisfactory level on modern phones, even on most midrangers, but daily juicing is still required for the vast majority of them, unlike in days past, where you only needed to top off once or twice a week.

That is why we take a peak in our battery tests database to see which phones offer much more endurance than others, and, as expected, the results might surprise you. It's not always the most popular flagship phones, and not even the ones with the highest battery capacity that are at the top of their endurance game, but rather phones that are a good mix of sufficient battery capacity, well-managed processor throttling, and - most of all - power-sipping screens, which means you won't see only phones with high-res displays in the top of the pops. 

We round up some of the best brand-name handsets that scored at least seven hours of screen-on time in our demanding battery test to help you choose, in case battery life is your most important requirement towards a smartphone. On a sidenote, we include the Lenovo P780 and S860 with their gigantic 4000 mAh batteries, despite that they are not present in our database yet, as there is enough hard evidence already that these are the smartphone endurance kings at the moment. There are plenty of new entrants since the last time we updated this list, and we are pleased to see the flagship Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Huawei Mate7 and Note 4 to make the top charts.

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180 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Waiting for that super bulky phone with 10,000mAh battery :D

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

U MAD BRO?

74. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm not mad. I'm just sick of charging my phone all the time XD

95. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Then stop using it so much ;)

99. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I can't... got to use phone... for everything haha My phone and I are like best friend :P we do everything together.

122. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

OUCH!! That's gotta be painful!

107. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

You mean my Note 3 with a ZeroLemon 10,000mah Extended battery? Yeah, its massive but i get 109 hours of uptime on a single charge with regular usage

152. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

WHATTTT!!!, 10000mAh battery. *whistle* sweet.

173. latido

Posts: 45; Member since: May 31, 2012

still not enough for me. I only got 18-21 hours with zerolemon 10k mAh battery, but that for sure pretty impressive compare to stock battery. Hope one day, smartphone can survive more than 5-7 days with screen on.

130. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Get a new Galaxy S5 and put the new $45 zerolemon 7500mha battery in it. Zerolemon even includes a new back cover plate for the S5. If the Galaxy S5 got a great battery life with a 2800mha battery, then you can just imagine how long it will get with a 7500mha battery.

151. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

you don't need to wait. thire is something hat could last an Entire (24 hours) of pure hardcore gaming/movie-watching. Galaxy Note 3. + Galaxy Note 3 external battery charger. + http :// mugen . co / batteries.html (remove spaces) Then buy 5900mAh extended battery and swap with original, and violla! A phone that easily a day. (I haven't checked, but when i use it (i play a lot of games and watch movies) it gets to around 10% after 2 days and one night.) And then you can swap out for another and you last another 2 days while charging the battery with a external battery charger.

160. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

My z ultra lasts almost 2 full days without a charge and i do use allot. On the sony site i could buy a cover with a 5000mah batty inside. Would probably get around 5days with that. Total would be 8050mah.but for me 2days is enough. Waiting for a z2/3 ultra ;)

98. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Btw where is nokia lumia 1520?????????

119. yazbuh

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

agree, my 1320 could even reach 3 - 4 days in light use...

161. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

They are stating the onscreen time here. Most of the big screened/high resolution phones won't make the cut. It tells allot about the s5/z2/m8 that they made the cut.

163. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

With extreme power saving modes m8,s5 could reach up to 1 week,just sayin

141. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Getting charged.

9. dmat3889

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

my s4 with the zero lemon 7500mAH battery and thier new case is almost the same size as the otterbox case so I doubt it will be as bulky as you think. getting to 7 days battery life with 10 hours of screen time is pretty easy now.

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

10,000mah? well thats not a problem... you should buy note3 and buy a zerolemon 11,000mah which is availabe in a very reasonable price and install it inside your note3... here you go... 7 days of juice

28. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

just don't expect samsung to wipe your mess off once that batt explodes.

30. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

It doesn't matter. You cannot expect Sammy to do it even if you stuck to the genuine battery/charger either.

144. wilsong17 unregistered

Agree note 3 plus 10000 zero lemon battery== beast mode

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

no normal person living under normal circumstances should want a phone with a 10,000 mAh battery unless there was no trade off to having it which i'm sure is still a ways off. you wouldn't even get close to using all of the battery before you had to go to sleep a time in which it's no trouble at all to charge a phone. now if you're a hiker or something then yeah, you might want to get a phone with a removable battery that has a battery like this available.

55. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Bill Gates said the same thing about 256kb of memory. I personally miss the days when I could use my phone for days at a time and not have to worry about charging it.

117. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I believe it was actually "640kb should be enough for anybody" IIRC.

146. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Look at what computers were like when he said it. Different times call for different specs. I doubt they were figuring on streaming video at 1080p when he said that.

94. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Remember the time when nokia phones had 350mah battery an lasted for more than a week.??? Why do we need a 3000mah battery in phones? Surely in a year or two we will see battery of 10000mah in same size as we see a 3500mah one.. Then everyone would want one and they would be "normal"

131. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The problem is those phones didn't do much. Not like do today. Phones today are full fledged computers.

102. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If the industry would focus on battery improvement break throughs, I am sure that this could happen and still have a thin battery....

118. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

They are. Right now there's a lot of R&D money in lithium polymer batteries and graphene.

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