Poll results: How often do you usually have to charge your phone?

Poll results: How often do you usually have to charge your phone?
Oh, the horror! Yesterday we asked you how often do you usually have to charge your phone, and it turns out that the vast majority of our 2572 respondents have to charge every day, or more than once a day even. Only 14% charge every other day, presumably those with very light usage or those with (nudge, wink) Sony Xperias. Less than 4% said they charge on the third day or longer, which hints at a market potential for those phones with gigantic 4000+ mAh batteries that last a few days on a charge in exchange for some added thickness.

While last year marked a vast improvement in phones' battery lives, this year we seemed to have reached a plateau of sorts, just as it happened with screen sizes, which seem to no longer be growing. Most flagships or midrangers announced this year don't log massively better battery endurance compared to their predecessors, and the 2015 emphasis on thinner, more premium builds didn't help with battery capacities either.

The Galaxy S6, for instance, eked out a slightly shorter endurance than the Galaxy S5 on our battery benchmark test, while the S5 scored 50% longer time than the Galaxy S4 before it. The LG G4 also lasted slightly less than the G3, the One M9 scores worse than the One M8, the Droid Turbo 2 does worse than the original Turbo, and so on. Even the battery life champ among the brand-name phone makers, Sony, regressed a bit with the new Z5 trio, compared to its Z3 predecessors, though it still boasts with the "two-day battery" tag. 

Only the Note 5 managed to beat Note 4 by a tad, and Apple eked out longer battery lives from its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, compared to their predecessors, which is not a high bar to beat to begin with. In any case, it seems that the vast majority of smartphones still manage to just survive the day with heavier usage, before they have to be plugged in, while only a handful can take you through a weekend away from the charger, and just those chubbies with humongous 4000+ mAh batteries can brag to last three days on a charge.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 7h 38 min (Good)
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 8h 1 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo 10h 42 min (Excellent)
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Average)
HTC One (M8) 7h 12 min (Good)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
LG G3 6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 122
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 82
Motorola DROID Turbo 126
HTC One M9 106
HTC One (M8) 207
LG G4 127
LG G3 120
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
Apple iPhone 6 147
Apple iPhone 6s 150

How often do you usually have to charge your phone? (2015)

I charge it more than once a day
27.92%
I charge it once a day
53.9%
I charge it every other day
14.35%
I charge it every three days or more
3.84%

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29 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Always more than once.

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

Whoa! Do you own a nexus 5 ?

19. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Galaxy S6 :P Am a super heavy user... Atleast 8-12hours a day

2. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I charge more than 7 times a day but that's just because I barely let my phone drop below 80 percent lol (that's 2 hours of on screen time).

4. MattEagle

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

it is actually best to never charge it more than 80%. at above 80% the degradation is rather fast. your battery keeps the capacity longest if you keep it constantly between 40% and 80%

11. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

This is what I do as well, keep it charged between those two values (if possible) Alas many people have the misconception that you need to charge it to 100% every time and let it deplete until almost empty.

13. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Out of curiosity can you back that up? How do you know this?

14. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

15. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I get that but I am a bit greedy with battery life, I just want to see high numbers even if I don't necessarily have to.

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I charge mine after 2 days of light usage, and once a day on HEAVY usage ... but my battery is removable. :D

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Same, except my battery isnt removable.

3. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

A weirdly worded poll. I charge mine once a day but only because I charge it when I go to bed at night, I don't HAVE to charge it once a day I'm sure. :/

6. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Galaxy S5 heavy usage - once per day normal usage - every other day

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

GS6: Light usage( when I'm on vacation or on a heavy project): once every 2 days. Medium usage(normal day, around 5-6 hours of screen on time and WiFi on all day): once a day. Ultra heavy use(lousy weekends with no plans to go out, and I lie on the couch and play whole day): twice a day with 9-10 hours of screen on time that day(yes, you can call me a loser).

20. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Seriously? Do you really play games on your S6 all day, lying on the couch when you're at home for the weekend? WTF!? I would rather play this amount of hours on PC than on a smartphone.

21. TyrionLannister unregistered

There are some strategy games which can only be played on a phone. I play clash of clans. I'm not a gamer and will never play 'hardcore' PC games like any FPS or RPG titles. So PC gaming is a big NO NO for me.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree. I really enjoy driving games and unfortunately RR3 is really good as a driver sim (I hate that I have to get certain cars to be able to get other cars - need Lexus LFA to get some classic Porsches), but you feel your grip or lack off grip - and that makes the game feel good if compared it to game pad with dinky vibrator or a keyboard. Can't wait for force touch to add to gas pedal and braking. Besides with kids and a business - there's no time for PC or console time - and games are really getting good lately - check out AfterPulse. I have a couple of command and conquer type a games in iPad - but still waiting for something better when it comes to control and UI set up. Once I find something as good as C&C: Generals - PC is done. Oh and SimCity 4 would be great on iPad. Having a platform with really good games is really convenient over using PC or starting up a console to fill a half an hour.

9. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

There is clearly an option missing: * "I top it off continually when I'm near a charging spot." My LG G2 can last for an average 2 days with medium use, but I keep topping it at work and home and most days it usually doesn't go under 60%... Keeps me prepared for unexpected heavy usage and preserves battery health.

10. Shocky unregistered

Once a day on weekdays, however it's usually put on charge at around 30%, Once over the weekend as I use my phone less. Galaxy S6.

12. surethom

Posts: 1574; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nexus 5x currently once a day, but withing 6 months that will be twice a day.

16. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Lol, predicting the future or hopeful wishing?

17. Sheppard

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 06, 2015

Honestly, I charge my phone when I'm not using it. I chose number 1, but there should've been this option.

18. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Meh. Currently using a Nokia feature phone. Might want to wait until I got my new phone later.

22. BlueForce

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Probably 2 times a day with my droid turbo. I play games a good 5+ hours a day at work and need to charge it by noon because I'm down to 20% by then. I charge to about 60% then by the time I leave I'm back down to 25-30%. So almost 3 times a day if you include night time.

23. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I always have to charge it at least twice a day as I'm a heavy user. I'm sick and tired of this, 4000 mah batteries should be STANDARD by now. Yes I'm looking at you Samsung.

24. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I charge my Note 4 at night before bed as it is my main phone and my work phone. My personal phone, a Note 5, I charge only when it drops top 40% and I charge it up to 80%.

25. TeyaIman unregistered

Ialways have to charge my note 4 at least twice a day and even sometimes 3 times.... I dont get more then 3 and half hours of screen time on my note 4 and its become a laggy stutterting hot mess. I cant wait to dump this piece of dog s**t phone and be done with Samsung forever. They have left a very bad salty taste in my mouth...

28. AlikMalix unregistered

My friend dumped half of his hardrive and it helped to speed up - but if you want like new performance on android - just factory reset.

29. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

in A day i charge it once i mean from morning when i unplug it i charge it between 16 - 20h so i can get tru the night and let it charge hole night but yeah that means i charge it 2times always but now it's 3 times since i'm at home hole day (i have a lg g3 and i get around 4-5h screen on time so yeah)

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