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Which iPhone Has The Best Battery Life (Updated For 2023)

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 made bigger and bigger phones, which means more space for a battery, but that doesn’t automatically mean more battery life.

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Bigger screens with higher resolution consume more energy, and phones have gotten a bit thicker, which could be to keep up with the battery life in older models.

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 13, 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max, Apple has a big lineup of different phones with different battery sizes.

Let’s look at how they compare in the table below.

Summary (links to Amazon)

Preview
Apple iPhone 13, 128GB, Blue - Unlocked (Renewed)
Only one with Touch ID
Apple iPhone SE 3rd Gen, 64GB, Midnight - Unlocked (Renewed)
Apple iPhone 14, 128GB, Blue - Unlocked (Renewed)
Biggest Battery
Apple iPhone 14 Plus, 128GB, Purple - Unlocked (Renewed)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro, 128GB, Space Black - Unlocked (Renewed)
Best Battery Life
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, 256GB, Space Black - Unlocked (Renewed)
Battery Capacity
3,227 mAh
2,018 mAh
3,279 mAh
4,325 mAh
3,200 mAh
4,323 mAh
Screen Size
6.1″
4.7″
6.1″
6.7″
6.1″
6.7″
Headphone Jack
Face ID
5G
Video Playback
Up to 19 hours
Up to 15 hours
Up to 20 hours
Up to 26 hours
Up to 23 hours
Up to 29 hours
Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 15 hours
Up to 10 hours
Up to 16 hours
Up to 20 hours
Up to 20 hours
Up to 25 hours
Audio Playback
Up to 75 hours
Up to 50 hours
Up to 80 hours
Up to 100 hours
Up to 75 hours
Up to 95 hours

Preview
Apple iPhone 13, 128GB, Blue - Unlocked (Renewed)
Product (Link)
Battery Capacity
3,227 mAh
Screen Size
6.1″
Headphone Jack
Face ID
5G
Video Playback
Up to 19 hours
Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 15 hours
Audio Playback
Up to 75 hours

Only one with Touch ID

Preview
Apple iPhone SE 3rd Gen, 64GB, Midnight - Unlocked (Renewed)
Product (Link)
Battery Capacity
2,018 mAh
Screen Size
4.7″
Headphone Jack
Face ID
5G
Video Playback
Up to 15 hours
Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 10 hours
Audio Playback
Up to 50 hours
Preview
Apple iPhone 14, 128GB, Blue - Unlocked (Renewed)
Product (Link)
Battery Capacity
3,279 mAh
Screen Size
6.1″
Headphone Jack
Face ID
5G
Video Playback
Up to 20 hours
Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 16 hours
Audio Playback
Up to 80 hours

Biggest Battery

Preview
Apple iPhone 14 Plus, 128GB, Purple - Unlocked (Renewed)
Product (Link)
Battery Capacity
4,325 mAh
Screen Size
6.7″
Headphone Jack
Face ID
5G
Video Playback
Up to 26 hours
Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 20 hours
Audio Playback
Up to 100 hours
Preview
Apple iPhone 14 Pro, 128GB, Space Black - Unlocked (Renewed)
Product (Link)
Battery Capacity
3,200 mAh
Screen Size
6.1″
Headphone Jack
Face ID
5G
Video Playback
Up to 23 hours
Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 20 hours
Audio Playback
Up to 75 hours

Best Battery Life

Preview
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, 256GB, Space Black - Unlocked (Renewed)
Product (Link)
Battery Capacity
4,323 mAh
Screen Size
6.7″
Headphone Jack
Face ID
5G
Video Playback
Up to 29 hours
Video Playback (streamed)
Up to 25 hours
Audio Playback
Up to 95 hours

Last update on 2023-02-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Some interesting takeaways about the latest iPhone-models

  • Apple changed the way they advertise battery life a couple of generations ago. Now they advertise how many hours of video and audio playback its iPhones can last.
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max has the largest battery and best battery life, although it’s slightly smaller than the last generation.. The iPhone 14 and 14 Mini is not far behind though, compared to the iPhone 13.
  • iPhone 14 has significantly better battery life than the iPhone 13 even though the battery size is not that different.
  • The iPhone SE has terrible battery life compared to all the above, but for some it’s the perfect phone.

So which iPhone has the best battery life? The iPhone 14 Pro Max.

If you are looking to buy the iPhone with the best battery life in 2022, the iPhone 14 Pro Max should be your choice.

If you feel like its screen size (6.7 inches) is too big for your hands, the iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inches) is a great choice.

Battery Tests

I recommend this video by Mrwhosethebest for further info regarding battery life.

Fast charge

Something else to consider 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.

If you want to charge your iPhone with a solar panel or a battery pack, check out my posts about the best options.

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 offers in terms of battery life.

by Jesse
Jesse has always had an interest in camping, technology, and the outdoors. Who knew that growing up in a small town in Sweden with endless forests and lakes would do that to you?

5 thoughts on “Which iPhone Has The Best Battery Life (Updated For 2023)”

  1. Latest apple ios is the challenge… turning you into a complete traceable entity and revenue generating unit.

    Not Smart

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      • No, actually, it is not. The pixel can be reflashed with de googled operating systems. From there you can do whatever you want with the hardware. Apple continues to upswell the image of security and privacy all while selling you out from under your own feet. The latest inclusion of on hardware scanning simply provides the much requested back door that governments have been requesting for years, while telling its customers your safe from prying because “we would refuse to give government access to your data” much like they did in China and many other countries. So no, Apple is not more secure, google less, etc. the devil is in the details. You don’t own your Apple hardware. It now owns you.

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