Smartphone batteries are getting larger and larger, with the promise of phones that can go all day on a single charge. But which devices can really boast that they provide the best battery life for phones?
In our battery test, we have phones continuously surf the web over LTE until they run out of juice. The average phone lasts around 10 hours, but the phones we’ve highlighted here held out for at least 11 hours.
The Moto G7 Power puts almost every other phone to shame when it comes to lasting a long time on a single charge. Motorola's budget phone set the new standard for phone battery life, lasting 15.5 hours on our battery test, thanks to its massive 5,000 mAh battery.
Here are all the top performers we've tested in the last year-and-a-half. And if you want to protect your phone when charging, check out our roundup of the best surge protectors.
Best Phone Battery Life (Hours:Minutes)
- Moto G7 Power: 15:35
- Asus ZenFone 6: 15:01
- Galaxy A20: 13:46
- Cat S48c: 13:08
- Huawei P30 Pro: 12:53
- ZTE Blade Max View: 12:48
- Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra: 12:46
- Galaxy S10 Plus: 12:35
- Google Pixel 3a: 11:59
- Sony Xperia XZ2: 11:47
- Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 11: 46
- Google Pixel 3a XL: 11:44
- Moto Z4: 11:31
- iPhone XR (tie): 11:26
- Galaxy Note 9 (tie): 11:26
Impressive as the G7 Power's battery performance is, Motorola's handset isn't the only device to hold out for more than 15 hours on our test. The Asus ZenFone 6 rode its 5,000 mAh battery to sneak past the 15-hour mark, too. Finishing in third is the newest entry to our list, Samsung's budget-priced Galaxy A20, which fell 14 minutes short of the 14-hour mark.
The top-performing flagship phone on our battery test is the Huawei P30 Pro, which ran out of juice just shy of the 13-hour mark. (Another Huawei phone, the Mate 10, did even better with a time of 14 hours, 39 minutes. But that phone came out more than a year-and-a-half ago.) Huawei phones are hard to come by in the U.S., even before the U.S. government imposed sanctions on the Chinese phone maker, so a more readily available flagship phone is the Galaxy S10 Plus, which lasted more than 12.5 hours; the newly announced Galaxy Note 10 Plus followed with a time oof 11:46, besting both the iPhone XR and Galaxy Note 9 by 20 minutes.
We've capped our list to the 15 longest-lasting phones we've tested in the last 18 months. That excludes older phones like the ZenFone 3 Zoom, which topped 16 hours when we tested it in the first half of 2017, and the Cat S41, which also beat the 15-hour mark. (A newer durable Cat phone, the Cat S48c, remains on our list after lasting longer than 13 hours.) We've also omitted long-lasting phones like the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and Vivo Nex S that aren’t available in the U.S. but may still be on sale elsewhere.
When testing phones, we set each phone's display to 150 nits to normalize for brightness and make sure each handset is receiving at least three bars of service.
These days, battery life is more important than ever, thanks to the big screens, superfast processors and demanding apps we find on the latest phones. After all, what good is that advanced camera or high-resolution display if your handset is dead before the sun goes down? Here's a closer look at the phones that make the grade when it comes to all-day battery life.
1. Moto G7 Power (15:35)
You'd expect a phone with a 5,000 mAh battery to last a long time on a charge, and the Moto G7 Power doesn't disappoint. Its 15 hour, 35 minute time on our battery test is the best we've seen from a smartphone in the last two years. That's 7 hours longer than the standard Moto G7 lasted. Best of all, you don't have to pay up for all that battery life: the Moto G7 Power costs $249, a fraction of what you'd pay for flagship that poop out hours before this device.
- Read our Moto G7 Power review
2. Asus ZenFone 6 (15:01)
The camera on the Asus ZenFone 6 will likely grab all the attention — it swivels around so that the same lenses pull off double-duty as both the front and rear cameras — but to us, the battery is the real story. The latest ZenFone lasted more than 15 hours on our battery test — not a surprise given the beefy 5,000 mAh power pack inside the ZenFone 6. Throw in fast charging and an efficient Snapdragon 855 processor, and that's a lot of power for a phone that starts at less than $500.
- Read our Asus ZenFone 6 review
3. Galaxy A20 (13:46)
It may not have the flash and features of Samsung's more premium handsets, but if you're looking for long battery life, the Galaxy A20 delivers long-lasting performance for a low price. The phone lasted more than 13.5 hours on our battery test, thanks to a massive 4,000 mAh battery. Charge times are respectable, too, as the A20 delivers 15-watt charging that can get a drained battery up to 30% after half-an-hour of charging. You'll make some sacrifices for the A20's $239 price tag, but you'll get lots of battery life in return.
- Read our Galaxy A20 review
4. Cat S48C (13:08)
Just like the older Cat S41, the Cat S48C lasts a very long time on a charge. Designed by Bullitt Group, this durable phone held out for more than 13 hours, thanks its 4,000 mAh battery. The S48c is available through both Sprint and Verizon's business and enterprise store, so it's easy to get your hands on one. Our one complaint with the battery on the S48c is that it lacks the reverse charging feature offered by the Cat S41.
- Read our Cat S48c review
5. Huawei P30 Pro (12:53)
Thanks to 40-watt SuperCharge technology, Huawei's P30 Pro charges faster than just about any other smartphone — you can go from zero to 70 percent after 30 minutes of charging, Huawei says. Not that you'll need to charge the phone that often during the day: in our test, the P30 Pro lasted nearly 13 hours, thanks to a 4,200 mAh battery. Given the P30 Pro's photographic prowess, you'll never worry about being out of juice when it's time to capture the perfect shot with the phone's four rear cameras.
- Read our Huawei P30 Pro review
6. ZTE Blade Max View (12:48)
ZTE's return to the U.S. market isn't a complete success, but at least you can count on a very long lasting phone with the $199 Blade Max View. The 4,000 mAh battery in this budget phone helps the phone last nearly 13 hours on our battery test. Our one complaint about the battery: it takes a long time to charge. We tried several different USB Type-C adapters, but each time, it took us several hours to fully charge this phone.
- Read our ZTE Blade Max View review
7. Xperia XA2 Ultra (12:46)
The battery life on this blocky 6-inch phone is one of the most noteworthy things about Sony's otherwise bland midrange offering. The Xperia XA2 Ultra lasted nearly 13 hours on our battery test, thanks to a 3,580 mAh battery. We just wish the phone could charge faster. After draining the battery and plugging in the Xperia XA2 Ultra, we only recorded a 19 percent charge after 15 minutes; after an hour of charging, the battery was only up to 56 percent.
- Read our Xperia XA2 Ultra review
8. Galaxy S10 Plus (12:35)
The 4,100 mAh battery in Samsung's latest big-screen phone has no problem keeping that 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display powered up throughout the day. We managed to get a little more than 12.5 hours of battery life when we put the Galaxy S10 Plus through our test. But a long-lasting battery is only part of the power management story with the S10 Plus. The new S10 phones offer a Wireless PowerShare feature that lets you wireless charge other device — yes, even iPhones — by placing them on the back of the S10.
- Read our Galaxy S10 Plus review
9. Google Pixel 3a (11:59)
Google's budget-minded smartphone may have slashed the price you pay for a Pixel, but that doesn't mean you have to skimp on battery life. The Pixel 3a lasted nearly 11 hours on our battery test, nearly matching the 12:09 time turned in by 2017's Pixel 2 XL, though you can get the 3a for much less and through more carriers. The Pixel 3a also charges quickly, giving you 7 hours of battery life after just 15 minutes of charging.
- Read our Pixel 3a review
10. Sony Xperia XZ2 (11:47)
Sony's phones have a habit of landing on our longest-lasting list, and one of last year's flagships — the Xperia XZ2 — is no exception. Lasting nearly 12 hours on our battery test, it beat flagships from Samsung and Apple; only the Mate 10 Pro and Pixel 2 XL fare better among high-end phones. Two additional features on the XZ2 — Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Battery Care — figure to keep the Xperia's battery in top shape as the phone ages. Qnovo modulates charging based on the battery's health, while Battery Care learns your charging habits to reduce stress on the battery.
- Read our Xperia XZ2 review
11. Galaxy Note 10 Plus (11:46)
The largest battery ever found inside a Galaxy Note smartphone — a 4,300 mAh power pack — helps the Galaxy Note 10 Plus outlast its predecessor. The latest phablet from Samsung lasts 11:46 on our test, a 20-minute improvement over the Galaxy Note 9, even though the new phone has a bigger screen to keep illuminated. The Note 10 Plus charges fast, too, with the included 25-watt charger getting you to 33% capacity after 15 minutes. If that's not fast enough, the Note 10 Plus supports 45-watt charging, though you'll need to buy a separate $50 charger. You can wirelessly charge the Note 10 Plus at a crisp 15-watt pace, and the phone lets you wirelessly charge other Qi-compatible devices through Samsung's Wireless PowerShare feature.
- Read our Galaxy Note 10 Plus review
12. Pixel 3a XL (11:44)
The larger of Google's new midrange phones doesn't last quite as long as the 5.6-inch. But the 6-inch Pixel 3a XL still turned in an 11:44 time on our battery test, topping pricier flagships from Apple and Samsung (not to mentioning beating Google's own Pixel 3 XL). Like the 3a, the Pixel 3a XL recharges quickly. After we drained the battery and charged the phone for 15 minutes, its battery indicator was back up to 22 percent.
- Read our Pixel 3a XL review
13. Moto Z4 (11:31)
Motorola's tradition of delivering superior battery life continues with its latest flagship phone. The Moto Z4 features a 3,600 mAh battery, an increase from the 3,000 mAh power pack in last year's Z3, and that helped the new model last just past 11.5 hours on our battery test. You'll also get 15-watt charging, which isn't as fast as the 18W charging some phones offer, but still should help you charge up the Z4 fairly quickly.
- Read our Moto Z4 review
14. Apple XR (11:26)
Apple’s most colorful iPhone is also its longest-lasting. The iPhone XR turned in the best time ever for an Apple device on our battery test, matching the 11:26 time of Samsung’s Note 9 while costing a lot less. Like the iPhone XS and XS Max, this 6.1-inch model supports wireless charging and fast-charging though the latter feature requires you to buy a separate adapter.
- Read our iPhone XR review
15. Galaxy Note 9 (11:26)
The Note 9 is no longer Samsung's biggest phablet — that honor goes to the newer Note 10 Plus — but its 4,000 mAh is still plenty big. This phone lasted 11:26 on our battery test, but that required us to turn off adaptive brightness. With that feature on, the phone died at 11:16. Look for prices to fall now that the Note 10 models are hitting store shelves.
- Read our Galaxy Note 9 review