Need more juice? Here are the phones with the best battery life

These smartphones offer all-day battery life with plenty of juice to spare

top tech stories iphone battery

Sometimes it feels like, in the rush to make phones slimmer and more powerful, battery life gets lost in the shuffle. While the modern smartphone has been around for nearly a decade at this point, the length of time you can expect on a charge has remained roughly the same. All the while, processors are getting faster, and screens are getting bigger and sharper.

Fortunately, there are still a number of solid devices out there to choose from that won’t leave you high and dry halfway through the afternoon. Here are our picks for phones with the best battery life.

Huawei P20 Pro

huawei p20 pro security scaremongering front opinion
Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

For those who want the ultimate smartphone camera experience, might we suggest the Huawei P20 Pro? While the P20 Pro is every bit the performance powerhouse you’d expect, the real magic is in its triple camera array, allowing you get excellent shots in just about any situation.

While the camera may be the marquee feature on the Huawei P20 Pro, it’s 4,000mAh capacity battery is nothing to balk at. During our review, we were easily able to eek out two days of moderate use on the phone. And when you’re ready to charge, Huawei’s SuperCharge system will get your phone charged completely within 90 minutes. Sadly, it’s not available in the U.S., so Americans might want to look at the Huawei Mate 10 Pro instead — it also offers two-day battery life.

Amazon

Razer Phone

Razer Phone review
Andy Boxall/Digital Trends
Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The Razer Phone might be the number one choice for media-enthusiasts thanks to its Dolby Atmos speakers, 120Hz display, and HDR support — but it’s also a strong contender for its battery life. There’s a huge 4,000mAh battery hidden underneath all of the Razer branding, and with the extreme focus on gaming and media consumption, it’s easy to see why Razer thought it would be a good idea to max out on battery life.

Run some games at the phone’s top performance with the 120Hz refresh rate and you’ll see that battery quickly disappear. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you’re not such a heavy gamer. Drop the phone’s refresh rate down using the inbuilt settings, game a little less, and you should get yourself close to two days lifetime out of this battery, while still getting the benefit of the strong (and very loud) speaker system and stunning HDR display. A gaming phone might not be your first thought when seeking a battery-focused device, but the Razer Phone is certainly a contender.

Amazon

BlackBerry Key2

blackberry key2 keyboard guide symbol
Andy Boxall/Digitaltrends.com

As TCL’s latest BlackBerry-branded handset, the BlackBerry Key2 combines gorgeous design with capable specs. And let’s not forget the awesome physical keyboard and BlackBerry suite of productivity apps that earned this phone our Editor’s Choice award.

You’ll find a chunky 3,500mAh battery inside the Key2. The battery along with its smaller screen and BlackBerry optimized software means you’ll have no problem making it through a day of heavy use. If you do find yourself running on empty, the Key2 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, meaning you can add hours to your battery life in just 15 minutes.

Amazon

Sony Xperia XZ2

sony xperia xz2 back full angle

If you’ve grown tired of the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, might we suggest giving the Sony Xperia XZ2 a look? In addition to its interesting ergonomic design, the XZ2 is a performance powerhouse with a Snapdragon 845 chip alongside 4GB of RAM.

The Xperia XZ2 packs a 3,180mAh battery. Sure, it’s not the biggest battery we’ve seen by a long shot, but you should have no problem making through a day of heavy use with plenty of juice to spare. In addition to offering excellent battery life, the XZ2 also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, as well as wireless charging.

Amazon

iPhone 8 Plus

how does fast charging work
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Apple’s iPhones haven’t generally been known for their long battery life, but that doesn’t mean that they’re a disappointment on the battery front. If you’re dedicated to picking up an iPhone, but still want strong battery life, then you’re always going to be picking up one of the Plus models. Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus may not be the most advanced model out there now, thanks to the iPhone X, but it does have a big, strong battery and Apple’s usual world-beating specs.

It’s not the largest battery available on a recent iPhone — the iPhone X and the iPhone 7 Plus trump it in terms of sheer size — but the combination of a more efficient processor than the iPhone 7 Plus and a smaller screen than the iPhone X means that the iPhone 8 Plus generally comes out on top when battery life is a concern. After a day of heavy usage involving taking pictures, watching videos, streaming music, and browsing the web, we’d get home at 6.30 p.m. with around 40 percent battery still available. That’s well within the bounds of most flagship phones, and an impressive performance for a phone with a smaller battery than most. Thanks to the addition of a glass back panel, you can also wirelessly charge it back up again once it’s finally drained.

Amazon Apple

Moto E5 Plus

Moto E5 Plus review
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends
Steven Winkelman/Digital Trends

If you’re looking for a budget phone that can get you through the day, and then some, you may want to check out the Moto E5 Plus.  The phone is Motorola’s latest budget option, featuring a 6-inch HD display along with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

The Moto E5 Plus packs a huge 5,000mAh battery that should last for about 36 hours. During our review, we were easily able to make it through a day of heavy use, with plenty of charge to spare. Should you find yourself running low on battery, you’ll find a 15W charger in the box that will add six hours of use in just 15 minutes.

Motorola

Moto Z3 Play

moto z3 play back against logo
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

In addition to a host of budget phones released this year, Motorola also released its latest Z-series phone. The Moto Z3 Play packs a 6.01-inch AMOLED display along with a Snapdragon 636 chip and 4GB of RAM into a super-slim 0.25-inch chassis. You’ll also find the requisite pogo pins on the back of the phone, making it easy to snap Moto Mods to its back.

The Moto Z3 Play packs the same 3,000mAh battery as its predecessor. During our tests were able to make it through a day of heavy use with 50 percent battery capacity to spare. If you want to push the limits of your battery even further, the phone comes with a Moto Mod Power Pack that adds an additional 2,28mAh battery to the mix.

Motorola

Cat S61

cat s61 front angle
Simon Hill/Digital Trends
Simon Hill/Digital Trends

Need a rugged and waterproof phone that can stand up to just about anything? While Caterpillar may not be the first name you think of, the Cat S61 smartphone can handle just about anything you subject it to. In addition to having all the features you’d expect to find on a typical smartphone, the S61 also offers a thermal imaging camera as well as an indoor air quality sensor.

In addition to its hearty shell, the Cat S61 has a huge 4,650mAh battery to boot. During our review, we found the phone could easily handle two days of normal use between charges. If you find yourself running low on battery, the phone supports Quick Charge 3.0, giving you a few hours of light use in just 15 minutes.

Caterpillar

Android

The dramatic BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is now available in the U.S.

BlackBerry's Key2 is likely to be the best keyboard-equipped phone in 2019, with a modern look, some powerful specs, and totally revamped features. Here's everything you need to know about it.
Mobile

The OnePlus 3 & 3T both receive an open beta for Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for April 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for April 2019.
Trash

In 2019, laptops are better than ever. Here are the best of the best

The best laptop should be one that checks all the boxes: Great battery life, beautiful design, and top-notch performance. Our picks for the best laptops you can buy do all that — and throw in some extra features while they're at it.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Samsung Galaxy Fold woes, zombie pigs, and more

Today's topics: Samsung Galaxy Fold, Facebook A.I. voice assistants, YouTube comes to Fire TV, facial recognition on airline flights, the SpaceX DART program, Yale's zombie pigs, and much more!
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 update gives manual control of Bright Night mode

Samsung 2019 flagship smartphone lineup is here, and there aren't just two phones as usual — there are four. There's the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, as well as a new entry called the S10e, as well as the Galaxy S10 5G.
Deals

Apple iPads and iPad Pros get price cuts up to $150 on Amazon

In the market for a new iPad? Now might be the time to buy -- Amazon has discounted a range of iPad models, including the 10.5-inch, 11-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, plus the standard iPad.
Deals

The excellent Moto G6 is just $99 from Google Fi for a limited time

Getting a cheap smartphone can be a great way to squeeze value out of your dollars. Motorola's Moto G-range has always been good value, but never better than this: Get the Moto G6 for just $99 from Google Fi.
Mobile

Keep your huge phone beautiful with the best iPhone XS Max cases

Apple's iPhone XS Max might be the best large phone the company has ever released. But a bigger OLED display and body means there's more glass to crack. Keep your massive phone safe with the best iPhone XS Max cases.
Deals

Ultra Wideband is here, and you can use it with the 5G Moto Mod (and save $150)

5G is rolling out in the U.S., and Motorola’s Moto Z3 is one of the few phones that can use it. Select people can take advantage of Verizon’s 5G service and enjoy a $150 discount with the purchase of a Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod bundle.
Deals

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Everything you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a few months off, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.
Mobile

The 15 most stylish iPhone docks and charging stands for your device

The right iPhone dock does more than just hold your phone. If you’re looking for the perfect dock for your bedroom, or one to sit discretely on your office desk, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here.
Product Review

The Xperia 10 Plus feels great in your hand, but you'll still want to put it down

There has never been a better time to buy a smartphone with an unusual design, and one of the cheaper models out there vying for your attention is the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, with its 21:9 aspect ratio screen.
Trash

How to save yourself money by buying a refurbished iPhone

There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a new iPhone, and it can be very expensive. Save yourself some heartache and some money with our guide on how to buy a refurbished iPhone.