Which iPhone Has The Best Battery Life (Updated For 2020)

The Latest iPhones – Battery Life Compared

When deciding what iPhone to buy next, battery life is most likely a deciding factor. No matter if you’re someone who is going to be camping and want other things to think about or someone who uses the phone a lot but don’t always have access to a charger. In the past years, smartphone companies have started making bigger and bigger phones, which means more space for a battery, but that doesn’t automatically mean more battery life. Bigger screens with higher resolution consume more energy, and phones have gotten a tiny bit thicker, which could be to keep up with the battery life in older models.

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As you’ll see in the table below, the battery life has increased in some models, but when you compare them to how much the battery capacity has increased, it proves that the phones are using more energy to do the same thing they used to do on a smaller screen.

I want to focus on Apple’s iPhones today. With the new releases of iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, Apple has a big lineup of different phones with different battery sizes. Let’s take a look at how they compare.

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Apple iPhone SE, 64GB, Black - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

Apple iPhone 11, 64GB, Black - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

New Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB, (PRODUCT)RED) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

New Apple iPhone 12 (64GB, Green) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

New Apple iPhone 12 Pro (128GB, Graphite) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

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New Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB, Silver) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Battery Capacity
1,821 mAh

3,110 mAh

2,227 mAh

2,815 mAh

2,815 mAh

3,687 mAh

Screen Size
4.7″

6.1″

5.4″

6.1″

6.1″

6.7″

Headphone Jack

Face ID

5G

Video Playback
Up to 13 hours

Up to 17 hours

Up to 15 hours

Up to 17 hours

Up to 17 hours

Up to 20 hours

Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 8 hours

Up to 10 hours

Up to 10 hours

Up to 11 hours

Up to 11 hours

Up to 12 hours

Audio Playback
Up to 40 hours

Up to 65 hours

Up to 50 hours

Up to 65 hours

Up to 65 hours

Up to 80 hours

Release Date
April 24, 2020

September 20, 2019

November 13, 2020

October 23, 2020

November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

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Apple iPhone SE, 64GB, Black - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
1,821 mAh

Screen Size
4.7″

Headphone Jack

Face ID

5G

Video Playback
Up to 13 hours

Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 8 hours

Audio Playback
Up to 40 hours

Release Date
April 24, 2020

Preview
Apple iPhone 11, 64GB, Black - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
3,110 mAh

Screen Size
6.1″

Headphone Jack

Face ID

5G

Video Playback
Up to 17 hours

Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 10 hours

Audio Playback
Up to 65 hours

Release Date
September 20, 2019

Preview
New Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB, (PRODUCT)RED) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
2,227 mAh

Screen Size
5.4″

Headphone Jack

Face ID

5G

Video Playback
Up to 15 hours

Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 10 hours

Audio Playback
Up to 50 hours

Release Date
November 13, 2020

Preview
New Apple iPhone 12 (64GB, Green) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
2,815 mAh

Screen Size
6.1″

Headphone Jack

Face ID

5G

Video Playback
Up to 17 hours

Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 11 hours

Audio Playback
Up to 65 hours

Release Date
October 23, 2020

Preview
New Apple iPhone 12 Pro (128GB, Graphite) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
2,815 mAh

Screen Size
6.1″

Headphone Jack

Face ID

5G

Video Playback
Up to 17 hours

Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 11 hours

Audio Playback
Up to 65 hours

Release Date
November 13, 2020

Best Battery Life

Preview
New Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB, Silver) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
3,687 mAh

Screen Size
6.7″

Headphone Jack

Face ID

5G

Video Playback
Up to 20 hours

Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 12 hours

Audio Playback
Up to 80 hours

Release Date
November 13, 2020

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Some interesting takeaways about the latest iPhone-models

  • Apple has changed the way they advertise battery life since last year. They now share video playback as streamed, instead of wireless.
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest battery, by far.
  • The iPhone 11 has better battery life than the iPhone 12 Mini since it’s a larger phone.

So which iPhone has the best battery life? The iPhone 12 Pro Max.

If you are looking to buy the iPhone with the best battery life in 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro Max should be your choice. If you feel like its screen size (6.7 inches) is too big for your hands, the iPhone 12 Pro (6.1 inches) is a great choice.

Fast charge

Something else to take into account if you’re thinking about buying an older model like the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus is that since iPhone 8, all iPhones released support something called fast charge. This makes it possible to charge your phone from 0 to 50% battery in 30 minutes when using the right power adapter. You can read more about that here on Apple’s website.

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Disclaimer: All information about battery sizes and battery life given in this article is taken from Apple’s website and has not been tested by thecampingnerd.com. Take into account that most companies advertise a slightly higher battery life than what users usually see in the real world. I wrote this article to give you a broad overview of what Apple has to offer in terms of battery life.

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