5c battery poor. Is 5s better?

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  1. emembee macrumors regular

    emembee

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    Have A 2 year old 5c and battery is down to 20% early evening after not much on it, no calls, just a few texts. Don't want to upgrade at huge cost to 6 or 6s so am thinking about 5s but is the battery any better do you think , or do you have experience of both phones and the battery life? I could maybe get a battery replacement but it won't be that much cheaper than upgrading to 5S.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. canuckRus macrumors 6502

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    Some 5 Series phones had battery issues and their batteries were replaced free by Apple. Check out this site to see if your iPhone is perhaps included.

    < https://www.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/ >
     
  3. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    The 5s and 5c have basically the same battery, with the 5s being a bit bigger. Don't know how that plays out in terms of actual battery life on a day-to-day basis, as things like signal strength and display could easily make one more efficient than the other. But I suspect you won't see a big difference, if you're comparing phones with 2 year old batteries.

    What you COULD do is try to find someone who's got a 5s that was recently replaced/fixed, or just isn't as old as yours. Or one that's eligible for a battery replacement, as per the link above. You should be able to check that if you get the serial number of the phone you're looking at purchasing.

    According to this test, the 5s lasted about 7% longer (10:19 vs 11:03) in a looped video test.
    http://www.macworld.co.uk/review/iphone/iphone-5c-review-3464643/

    It's fairly easy to google "Iphone 5s 5c battery comparison" and get results, btw...

    C
     
  4. emembee thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks both for your help. I was just thinking that the battery is going faulty (though it says good condition) and would either need to replace it or get a new phone, which is why I am thinking of the 5S as it is significantly cheaper than the 6 or 6S. But I will do some more tests to see how quickly it depletes , else may learn to live with it.
     
  5. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    Did you get the battery tested by Apple? Or some third party app?

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  6. emembee thread starter macrumors regular

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    Neither yet, just my own observations but it has got worse the past week. Will look for some 3rd party apps if they are any good (I have System Status).
     
  7. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    If you're in the area, make an appointment to have it checked at an Apple store. They have "special" diagnostics to determine your battery health. You can always decline to have the battery replaced by them, if you chose.

    C
     
  8. convergent macrumors 68000

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    The 5s is a nice upgrade from the 5c. TouchID alone is worth it.
     
  9. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    The 5s is still a great phone imo. Also, the camera is arguably the best till date in some aspects (no heavy post-processing).
     
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Have you tried checking the actual health of your battery with Coconut Battery?

    It's also possible you have some rogue apps eating up your battery. Have you tried backing up your phone, erasing all contents and settings, and then restoring your phone?
     

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