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

Intro

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 11, 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple has a lineup of six different phones with different battery sizes. Let’s take a look at how they compare.

April 2020 Update – Apple recently released the iPhone SE which has battery performance very similar to the iPhone 8. The iPhone SE has an 1821 mAh battery, with 13 hours of video playback, 8 hours of streamed video playback, and up to 40 hours of audio playback. It also supports fast-charging and can be charged up to 50% in 30 minutes with an 18W wall charger.

Preview
Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus, 64GB, Gold - For AT&T / T-Mobile (Renewed)

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

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

Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone 11 Pro (64GB) - Midnight Green [Locked to Carrier – Simple Mobile]

Best Battery Life

Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB) - Midnight Green [Locked to Carrier – Simple Mobile]

Battery Capacity
1,821 mAh

2,675 mAh

2,942 mAh

3,110 mAh

3,046 mAh

3,969 mAh

Audio Playback (Wireless)
Up to 40 hours

Up to 60 hours

Up to 65 hours

Up to 65 hours

Up to 65 hours

Up to 80 hours

Video Playback
Up to 13 hours (wireless)

Up to 14 hours (wireless)

Up to 16 hours (wireless)

Up to 17 hours, 10 hours streamed

Up to 11 hours (streamed)

Up to 12 hours (streamed)

Release Date
2017-09-22

2017-09-22

2018-10-21

2019-09-20

2019-09-20

2019-09-20

Preview
Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
1,821 mAh

Audio Playback (Wireless)
Up to 40 hours

Video Playback
Up to 13 hours (wireless)

Release Date
2017-09-22

Preview
Apple iPhone 8 Plus, 64GB, Gold - For AT&T / T-Mobile (Renewed)

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
2,675 mAh

Audio Playback (Wireless)
Up to 60 hours

Video Playback
Up to 14 hours (wireless)

Release Date
2017-09-22

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

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
2,942 mAh

Audio Playback (Wireless)
Up to 65 hours

Video Playback
Up to 16 hours (wireless)

Release Date
2018-10-21

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

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
3,110 mAh

Audio Playback (Wireless)
Up to 65 hours

Video Playback
Up to 17 hours, 10 hours streamed

Release Date
2019-09-20

Preview
Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone 11 Pro (64GB) - Midnight Green [Locked to Carrier – Simple Mobile]

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
3,046 mAh

Audio Playback (Wireless)
Up to 65 hours

Video Playback
Up to 11 hours (streamed)

Release Date
2019-09-20

Best Battery Life

Preview
Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB) - Midnight Green [Locked to Carrier – Simple Mobile]

Product (Link)

Battery Capacity
3,969 mAh

Audio Playback (Wireless)
Up to 80 hours

Video Playback
Up to 12 hours (streamed)

Release Date
2019-09-20

Note: Scroll left/right on tablets and phones

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 11 Pro Max has a massive battery, which adds 15 hours of wireless audio playback compared to the 11 Pro.
  • iPhone 8 Plus is still up there competing with the newer models even though it’s two years older, with its 2,675 mAh battery.
  • The iPhone Xr has a lot of value for the money. Excellent phone overall with remarkable battery life.
  • Note that the iPhone 11 has a bigger screen (6.1 inches) than the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches)

So which iPhone has the best battery life? The iPhone 11 Pro Max.

If you are looking to buy the iPhone with the best battery life in 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro Max should be your choice. If you feel like its screen size (6.5 inches) is too big for your hands, the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches) is a great choice. I would, however, recommend the iPhone 11 (6.1 inches) if you’re OK with not having an OLED screen.

The iPhone 11 offers a ton of features for its price and has an impressive battery life. Its biggest downside is the screen. It’s an LCD.

That said, there is nothing wrong with the iPhone 11 screen. It has been criticized for not running a 1080p display in 2019. While I understand the critique, it could benefit people that go camping and don’t have unlimited data or good service everywhere. By having a screen with less resolution YouTube and other video services will not try to run a 1080p video because it doesn’t make sense to do on a non-1080p screen. This will help you save data and battery life.

It also has 326 pixels per inch, which is not bad!

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.

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 has to offer in terms of battery life.

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