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

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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 seven phones with the best battery life.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro
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You’d be forgiven for assuming that Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro wouldn’t be much cop in the battery department. After all, it’s drop-dead gorgeous, delivers an incredible level of power with the Kirin 970, and comes equipped with one of the best camera suites around — which, given the competition, is saying a lot. So, despite the fact we knew the phone boasted an enormous 4,000mAh battery, the two-day battery life completely blew us away. That’s right — two days of battery power on a flagship phone.

It’s not just the massive battery that makes this possible. Huawei has become rather adept at adding various little bits of software trickery to its EMUI Android UI helping to conserve an awful lot of power, and enable the phone’s battery to last almost a week on a single charge. Users can turn off the battery saving measures at will, but the default settings will close down apps not being used, and alert you when an app is pulling too much battery power in the background — and that’s not including the really strict power saving measures. Add to these measures Huawei’s superfast SuperCharge charging technology that can refill the battery in a blistering 90 minutes, and you’ve got a winner.

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Razer Phone

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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-focused phone might not be your first thought when picking a battery-focused phone, but the Razer Phone is certainly a contender.

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BlackBerry Motion

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We’re not going to sugarcoat it — we had some issues with the BlackBerry Motion on launch. The lower-than-usual specs and limited camera made it a tough sell at its original price point, but since dropping to $450 at Best Buy, it’s now a phone that can be recommended simply on the strength of its battery life.

The BlackBerry Motion is packing a beastly 4,000mAh battery that — as expected — gives incredible longevity when paired with the energy efficient Snapdragon 625 processor. During our review testing we found the Motion managed close to two-day battery life, ending an eight-hour day of heavy usage with just over 50 percent of the battery remaining. That’s not the sort of performance you see often, even in the $500 price bracket, and it makes it a solid choice for a long-lived midrange phone.

If you’re looking for a more “traditional” BlackBerry experience with a QWERTY keyboard, then check out the BlackBerry KeyOne. It’s not perfect, but thanks to the large battery and power-sipping specs it’s another phone with an enviable battery life.

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HTC U11

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Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

On paper, HTC’s gleaming flagship appears as though it’d be pretty average in the battery life department. The U11 features a 3,000mAh unit — same as the Galaxy S8, and a bit less than the LG G6’s 3,300mAh. So we were surprised to find during testing that the U11 could last well beyond a day, even with heavy use. We averaged about 40 percent left in the tank by the end of the night, and that’s pretty good among similarly-specced handsets.

What makes the U11 particularly special in this list is that HTC didn’t have to significantly increase the size of the battery to deliver that kind of efficiency — and that makes the phone a snap to charge. Thanks to Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology, we were able to take our unit from 22 to 69 percent in just a half hour. Lengthy charging times are often the trade-off for devices with big batteries, so we were pleased to see HTC achieve long battery life in other ways.

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iPhone 8 Plus

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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.

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Moto E4 Plus

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Adam Ismail/Digital Trends

The best smartphones on the market right now start at about $700 or $800, and they tend to offer decent, yet unremarkable battery life. With that in mind, you might expect the device with the best battery life to cost upwards of $1,000. Fortunately, you’d be wrong. The Moto E4 Plus puts them all to shame, and it just so happens to cost $180 unlocked.

How is it possible for a handset that costs less than a quarter of the price of most flagships to deliver such impressive battery life? It turns out all you need is a massive 5,000mAh battery, a frugal Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip, and an efficient 720p display. Thanks to that winning formula, the E4 Plus can manage well beyond two days of heavy use. Reaching past three isn’t out of the question, and you’d be hard pressed to find another product at any price that can compete with the longevity of Motorola’s latest budget offering. Of course, the E4 Plus is far from the most powerful phone out there, but it should be capable enough for many users.

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Moto Z2 Play

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Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Say you like the Moto E4 Plus, but unfortunately it’s just not quite speedy enough for your needs. The Moto Z2 Play is the midrange alternative that sacrifices a bit in battery life, but makes up for it with power and expandability. It offers a 3,000mAh battery that can deliver up to two days on a charge. We were pleased with those results in our testing, though a little more capacity would have been welcome. Fortunately, that’s what Moto Mods are for.

Moto Mods are modular components that snap over the back of your device, and can enable a wealth of additional features, from wireless charging to more powerful external stereo speakers. They’re only compatible with devices in the Moto Z line, and a couple — like Incipio’s Offgrid, Mophie’s Juice Pack, and Motorola’s just-released TurboPower Pack — offer extra power, for those times when the stock battery just isn’t enough. Unfortunately, they’re not terribly cheap at $80 each — but combine the already efficient Z2 Play with the right Moto Mod, and you could have a device that lasts even longer than any of the ones on this list.

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