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Best phone battery life in 2022: The longest lasting smartphones

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Grab one of the devices that appears on our best phone battery life list, and you never have to worry about a charger. A phone needs to last 11.5 hours on our demanding battery test to land a place on this list, and that translates to all-day battery life — and beyond — for everyday phone use.

As you can see from the best phone battery life list below, you don't have to spend big bucks to benefit from a long-lasting phone. The longest-lasting device we've tested in the last 18 months can be yours for around $200, and there are other midrange models that put a premium on battery life, not price, for you to choose from.

Because a phone's longevity is so important to shoppers, phone makers are turning to increasingly larger batteries to keep their devices up and running. It's not uncommon to see phones with massive 5,000 mAh power packs, whether they're flagship devices or budget handsets. But big batteries don't always mean long-lasting phones — you need good power management to be among the devices with the best phone battery life. (Just look at the Galaxy S22 lineup — even with a 5,000 mAh battery of its own, the Galaxy S22 Ultra didn't come anywhere close to landing on this list.)

Every phone we review goes through our custom battery test in which we make phones surf the web continuously over LTE or 5G until they run out of juice. We set the phone's screen at 150 nits of brightness to ensure comparable results.

The average phone lasts around 10 hours, but the phones we’ve highlighted here held out for more than 11.5 hours. It's a demanding threshold — the OnePlus Nord N20's time 11 hours and 20 minutes is fantastic, but it falls short of other phones on this list. Truly, we're talking about phones that offer the kind of endurance where you're less reliant on one of our best portable charger picks. 

Our current battery champ is the Moto G Power (2021), which relies on a 5,000 mAH battery to last at least 14 hours; its successor — the Moto G Power (2022) — lands just two spaces behind it. In fact, Motorola phones tend to do very well on our test, as they make up five of the top 15 devices.

Here are all the top performers we've tested in the last year-and-a-half. 

Best phone battery life at a glance (hours:minutes)

  1. Moto G Power (2021): 14:04
  2. Nubia RedMagic 6: 13:20
  3. Moto G Power (2022): 13: 15
  4. Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro: 13:13
  5. Moto G Stylus (2022): 12:30
  6. Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW: 12:29
  7. Asus ROG Phone 5: 12:23
  8. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: 12:19
  9. iPhone 13 Pro Max: 12:16 (tie)
  10. Cat S62 Pro: 12:16 (tie)
  11. OnePlus 10 Pro: 11:52 (tie)
  12. Moto G Pure: 11:52 (tie)
  13. TCL 30 V 5G: 11:46
  14. iPhone 13 Pro: 11:42
  15. Moto G 5G: 11:37

The best phone battery life in 2022

Moto G Power (2021) review

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1. Moto G Power 2021 (14:04)

The Moto G Power (2021) features better specs than its long-lasting predecessor — 2020's Moto G Power. But the most important spec remains in place in the form of a 5,000 mAh battery that lets the phone go multiple days without a charge under normal use. 

We like that Motorola introduced a cheaper version of this phone with the 2021 edition, a trend that continues with its successor. (Yes, there's another Moto G Power model on this list.) While you can buy the Moto G Power (2021) for $249, getting you a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of memory, if you opt for the 3GB/32GB version, you can bring the price down to $199. You'll still get the same long-lasting battery but for even less.

Read our full Moto G Power (2021) review.

redmagic 6 review

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2. Nubia RedMagic 6 (13:20)

We can argue about whether you really need a gaming phone, but one thing we have learned is that gaming phones generally deliver great battery life. The Nubia RedMagic 6 is no exception to that observation, capturing a Highly Recommended award from Tom' Guide for its great battery life.

As impressive as the RedMagic 6's nearly 13.5 hour result on our battery test was, we're even more hearted by what happened when we enabled the gaming phone's fast refreshing display. Yes, the time dropped since faster refresh rates consume more battery, but the RedMagic 6 still held out for 11 hours and 49 minutes at 120Hz and 11 hours and 16 minutes at 165Hz. Both of those times would have been good enough to land on this list.

Other features on the Nubia RedMagic 6 aren't nearly as impressive — look elsewhere if you want good cameras to go with your handset — but you'll never have to fear running out of power with this gaming phone.

Read our full Nubia RedMagic 6 review.

Front view of Moto G Power 2022

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3. Moto G Power 2022 (13:15)

Motorola keeps producing new versions of the Moto G Power, and if the results yield multi-day battery life, then why not? Like its predecessors, the Moto G Power (2022) lasts a long time on our battery test, though it suffers from the same slow charging as other Moto G series phones. 

A pokey processor also makes us less enthusiastic about this version of the Moto G Power than we were about the 2021 edition, which remains available and is probably the better buy, even if it will never get an update past Android 11. The Moto G Power (2022) ships with Android 11, but will get an update to Android 12. At least the 2022 edition ships with 64GB in its $199 version, doubling the storage you'd get from the 2021 Moto G Power at that price.

Read our full Moto G Power (2022) review.

redmagic 6s pro review has a long-lasting battery even at 165Hz

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4. Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (13:13)

Like the RedMagic 6 that came out before it, the RedMagic 6S Pro variant absolutely crushes our battery test, lasting 13 hours and 13 minutes when the screen was set at 60Hz. Even better though, the 6S Pro didn't have nearly as big a drop-off when we enabled faster refresh rates as the RedMagic 6 did. With its screen set to a power-hungry 165Hz refresh rate, the RedMagic 6S Pro still held out for 12 hours and 50 minutes in our test.

That's great news since 165Hz is a terrific refresh rate for immersive gaming. So you'll be able to max out the RedMagic 6S Pro's display settings without fear of draining the phone's 5,050 mAh battery prematurely. We're still not convinced that dedicated gaming phones are a must-have, and the cameras on this Nubia device disappoint. But if you do want a phone tailor-made for gaming, the RedMagic 6S Pro will not let you down when it comes to either performance or battery.

Read our full Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro review.

Moto G Stylus (2022) with stylus

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5. Moto G Stylus 2022 (12:30) 

Just about the only thing to recommend the Moto G Stylus (2022) is its long battery life. With a 5,000 mAh battery, the latest version of Motorola’s stylus-equipped budget phone was able to hold out for 12.5 hours on our battery test. And that result came with the phone’s variable refresh rate enabled. Even locking in that refresh rate at 90Hz, the Moto G Stylus still lasted nearly 11.5 hours.

That said, we’d caution against the Moto G Stylus, unless you really need a long-lasting phone with a stylus that doesn’t cost a bundle. The Helio G88 chipset is laggy and the cameras didn’t impress. The phone also ships with Android 11 — last year’s software — with only one update to Android 12 promised.

Read our full Moto G Stylus review.

best phone battery life: kyocera duraforce ultra 5g uw

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6. Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW (12:29)

As a durable phone that caters to people on construction sites, the Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW has to work a long time between charges. And that's exactly what this phone does, thanks to a 4,500 mAh and a power-sipping Snapdragon 765G chipset. Kyocera's durable phone lasted a minute shy of 12.5 hours when we put it to the test.

That result is particularly impressive given that the phone offers 5G compatibility. However, that UW in the DuraForce's name implies that this device is built to work with Verizon's super-fast Ultra Wideband 5G, meaning you'll have to look elsewhere if you want a long-lasting phone that works on networks other than Verizon's.

Read our full Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW review.

Asus ROG Phone 5 review

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7. Asus ROG Phone 5 (12:23)

We knew the Asus ROG Phone 5 was going to last a long time on a charge — the only question was how long. After all, you put a 6,000 mAh battery inside a phone, you're going to get a device that lasts a very long time even if it is a premium gaming phone designed to play demanding titles.

In the end, the ROG Phone 5 held out for nearly 12.5 hours on our battery test, with the screen set at a 60Hz refresh rate. Even upping the refresh rate to 120 Hz and re-running the test produced an impressive 10 hour, 53 minute result. In everyday use, we enjoyed lengthy gaming sessions with no dent in the battery.

Even with a 6,000 mAh battery, the ROG Phone 5 charges quickly, thanks to support for 65W charging. A half-hour of charging a drained phone got us back to a 70% charge.

Read our full Asus ROG Phone 5 review.

Best Phone Battery Life: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review

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8. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (12:19)

This midrange phone from Samsung may pack in 5G connectivity, but that doesn't put a crimp in the Galaxy A52 5G's battery life. The phone managed to last 12 hours, 19 minutes on our test. Note that we got that extraordinary time when the phone's screen was set to refresh at 60Hz. The A52 also lets you adjust refresh rate to a very fast 120Hz, a rare feature among phones under $500. Unfortunately, that does cut down the A52 5G's longevity, but the 10 hour and 19 minute result on our battery test is still better than the average smartphone.

Don't expect fast-charging from this device, unless you spring for a faster charger. While the Galaxy A52 5G can support 25W fast wired charging, Samsung only includes a 15W charger in the phone's box. That yielded a fairly ho-hum 31% charge after half-an-hour.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max lasted 12 hours 16 minutes to land on the best phone battery life list

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9. iPhone 13 Pro Max (12:16)

With the exception of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 models from 2020 didn't impress when it came to battery life. Apple responded by boosting the batteries in its new iPhone 13 lineup, which sees improvements across the board, though no Apple phone can outlast the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

This iPhone lasted more than 12 hours on our battery test, particularly impressive since it features an adaptive display that can ramp up the 6.7-inch screen's refresh rate when your task would benefit from a fast-refreshing display. That can consume more power, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max's bigger battery and efficient A15 Bionic chipset are up to the task. We just wish Apple would also boost the charging speed on its iPhones. Also bear in mind that Apple phones tend to have batteries that are good at holding their charge over the years. 

Read our full iPhone 13 Pro Max review.

best phone battery life: cat s62 pro

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10. Cat S62 Pro (12:16)

Like the Kyocera DuraForce above, the Cat S62 Pro is a durable phone built to go a long time on a charge. And the Cat S62 Pro delivers, lasting for 12 hours and 16 minutes on our battery test. It manages to grind out that time with only a 4,000 mAh battery, though unlike Kyocera's phone, the Cat S62 Pro doesn't connect to 5G. As a result, there's no power-hungry 5G modem.

You won't get the fastest charge times when you do need to top off the Cat S62 Pro's battery. After 15 minutes of charging, the phone got back to 17% of its charge, reaching 37% after half-an-hour. That's not terrible, but you'll find faster charging phones on this list.

Read our full Cat S62 Pro review.

OnePlus 10 Pro in hand

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11. OnePlus 10 Pro (11:52)

The OnePlus 10 Pro is such a good phone, battery life is just one of the many things that impressed us about this new flagship. Even with a variable 120Hz refresh rate, the phone held out for a little less than 12 hours on our battery test. Turning off the fast refresh rate pushed that time up to 12 hours and 39 minutes, though we’re pleased that even with a power-hungry refresh rate feature enabled, the OnePlus 10 Pro remains on our best phone battery life list.

It’s not just about battery life, though. The OnePlus 10 Pro also recharges quickly, thanks to its 65W wired recharging rate for versions of the phone released in the U.S. (Elsewhere, the OnePlus 10 Pro supports 85W recharging, a speed that U.S.power standards can’t support.) Just 15 minutes of charging got a fully drained OnePlus 10 Pro back to a 55% charge — an impressive result.

Read our full OnePlus 10 Pro review.

Moto G Pure camera app for the best phone battery life

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12. Moto G Pure (11:52)

The Moto G Pure has two things going for it — a low price and a battery that lasts nearly 12 hours on our test. Motorola promises multiday battery life, and in regular use, we can confirm that's definitely the case. (And that's a good thing, too, since the phone's 10W charging speed will take a while to top off that 4,000 mAh battery powering the Moto G Pure.)

Combine the long battery life with a $159 price, and the Moto G Pure would seem like a good value, especially if you don't need a phone with 5G connectivity. But the Moto G Pure has other limitations, and if you can spend a little more, you can find other Motorola phones that last even longer and deliver more features.

Read our full Moto G Pure review.

TCL 30 V 5G review

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13. TCL 30 V 5G (11:46)

Verizon customers who want an inexpensive 5G phone will be pleased with how long the TCL 30 V 5G lasts on a charge. In our testing, the phone lasted 11 hours and 46 minutes at its default 60Hz refresh rate. When we enabled a power-saving mode that lets the phone scale down its refresh rate when appropriate, the phone held out for more than 12 hours — an excellent result

The TCL 30 V supports 18W wired charging, so don't expect to top off the battery in record time. You will get a phone capable of working with Verizon's fastest 5G network, though some other trade-off typical of low-cost phones — so-so cameras, laggy performance — are in effect here. 

Read our full TCL 30 V 5G review.

iphone 13 pro lands on the best phone battery life list with a time of 11 hours, 42 minutes

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14. iPhone 13 Pro (11:42)

The iPhone 13 Pro Max isn't the only new Apple device to join the ranks of our best phone battery life list. The iPhone 13 Pro also makes a big leap forward in battery life over its predecessor, thanks to a bigger battery and a more efficient A15 Bionic chip. Like the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 Pro offers an adaptive ProMotion display that changes up the screen's refresh rate, making its strong battery life even more impressive.

Again, the only power problem with Apple's latest round of iPhones is how quickly they charge. Wired charging is capped at 20W while wireless charging tops out at 15W with Apple's MagSafe accessories. In a world where Android phones are pushing charging speeds upwards, Apple needs to follow suit with the iPhone.

Read our full iPhone 13 Pro review.

Moto G 5G (2022) best phone battery life

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15. Moto G 5G (11:37)

The Moto G 5G doesn't impress in many areas, but one area in which this midrange 5G phone excels is battery life. With the adaptive display rate enabled, the Moto G 5G lasted 11 hours and 37 minutes; setting the display rate at a less power-hungry 60Hz extended battery life by 22 minutes in our test. Regardless of how you set the display, you can expect the Moto G 5G to last a long time on a charge.

That said, there's more to a phone than battery life, and in areas like performance and cameras, the Moto G 5G falls flat. You can also find cheaper 5G phones than the $399 Moto G 5G, such as the $282 OnePlus Nord N20 5G, which finished just 17 minutes behind the Motorola phone in our testing.

Read our full Moto G 5G review.

How we test for the best phone battery life

Every phone we review goes through extensive testing in addition to being put through everyday use. The test most relevant to determining the best phone battery life is our proprietary Tom's Guide Battery Life test.

In this test, we set the display of a phone to 150 nits, so that we can get consistent results. We then run a script on the phone that makes it surf the web via its default browser app until the phone runs out of power and we time the results. Phones with longest endurance land on the best phone battery life list, though we cycle out devices older than 18 months to keep our list of longest-lasting phones current.

Many smartphones — particularly premium models — now offer displays with faster refresh rate settings. Because a high refresh rate can drain the battery of a phone faster, we'll test phones multiple times — once with the display set for the maximum refresh rate and once with it locked at 60Hz. We'll indicate which setting produced which battery life time in our review and in our best phone battery life rankings.

We run one other test on smartphone batteries, timing how long it takes for a drained phone to charge. We'll note the percentage charge after 15 and 30 minutes of charging a phone that's run out of power. We'll use the charger that comes with the phone for this test; in cases where a phone ships without a charger — increasingly coming among premium handsets — we'll use a charger that's capable of delivering the fastest charging speed supported by the phone as listed in the device specs.

Battery testing is one part of the tests we run to review phones. We also run benchmarks to evaluate a phone's performance, measure screen brightness and color reproduction to rate its display and take multiple pictures to evaluate cameras. All those help us assign ratings to devices in our smartphone reviews, though for the purposes of the best phone battery life list, our battery test is the only result affecting rankings.

Philip Michaels is a Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. He's been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the building when Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time. He's been evaluating smartphones since that first iPhone debuted in 2007, and he's been following phone carriers and smartphone plans since 2015. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics, old movies and proper butchery techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.

  • Mark Spoonauer
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  • Mitch_16
    No mention of any Xiaomi phones, many of which have longer battery life than the ones on this list. Yes, I know they aren't available for LTE in the US but they work well on LTE in other countries, including Canada. Too bad about so many overly US-centric blog posts.
  • frozenfirevr
    Do you guys not know of Lenovo P2?
  • maxtram
    How did the Droid Turbo 2 stack up with the battery life test?
  • MingLee617
    Check out Lenovo P2, I used it for a month already, one charge worth 3 days of using
  • jugrajpatrick13
    Can you please test the battery lengths of the Oukitel 10,000 Pro and the Turing Cadenza?
  • MingLee617
    20164700 said:
    Can you please test the battery lengths of the Oukitel 10,000 Pro and the Turing Cadenza?

    Sorry , I don't have these 2 models available in HK:no:
  • dwissmar
    If you are in Iraq, you make a decision about weight batteries vs ammunition, I have an old Garmin and Canon, they both have to AA's in a zip-lock. I also put a little square of paper in the battery holder so the batteries last longer.
  • wpymes
    I have a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Global Version with 4G LTE Bands 4 and 20 that packs a SD625 and a 4100 mAh battery. Id say it lasts more than 13 hours of screen on time, and with 4Gb RAM and 64 Gb storage capacity costs around $200. Worth considering!
    Ca S41 Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery..isn't that good enough to be included in the list?