iPhone model with best battery life?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wallaby, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. wallaby macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    I'm getting tired of my Moto X's instability and horrid battery life, and considering a return to iPhone. The last one I owned was an iPhone 4, and I could eke out 2 solid days on a single charge on that thing. Which of the more current-gen iPhone models have comparable battery life? I'm considering side-grading to an iPhone 5c, but maybe waiting until after the next Apple announcement to see if they go down even more in price. I know the 5s has the fingerprint reader, but I'd only consider it if the battery life is significantly better.

    Would love a 6s for 3D touch, but I'm not willing to spend $750 for it (I am done with 16GB models).

  2. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2014
    If I'm correct, the best iPhone for battery life is the 6+. The 6s+ is not so far but the 6+ bigger battery give it a slight advantage.
    Anyone correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not really sure about the 6+ vs 6s+ battery life because the A9 chip is more efficient than the A8.
  3. eyoungren macrumors P6


    Aug 31, 2011
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    In terms of size, yes, the battery of the 6+ is larger than that of the 6s+. This is because the 3D Touch component of the screen on the 6s+ takes up more room than the non 3D Touch screen on the 6+.

    But, while size is a factor, your usage is key.
  4. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    Wait for a new 5SE..but two days solid....depends on how you are using your phone....
  5. thatanonymoususer macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2015
    The 6 plus line would be your best bet for battery life. Recent phones haven't gotten the same battery life as their earlier counterparts for me as I use them a lot more than I used to, but I would say that if you have a usage pattern that allows 2 days on an iPhone 4 (pretty impressive), you'll see similar or better battery life on more recent devices.

    If all you want is battery life, I would suggest the 6 plus or 6s plus. It gets me though a day and a half of heavy usage when any of the smaller iPhones only got me though around 70%-80% of the day (including a 6).

    Considering that your current phone is a 5.2" Moto X, you're probably already used to the larger form-factor. The plus models are going to be the best fit for you.
  6. petecee macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2015
    Derry City, N.Ireland
    6s+ (TSMC) on a single charge gives me 48 - 50 hours standby time with 12 - 13 hours of screen/usage time. Happy enough with that.
  7. archer75 macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2005
    The 3D touch is just a gimmick. I never use it. Battery life is phenomenal. But it is also highly subjective. My 6s+ can get me to the following day without charging. But your usage is likely different.

    I easily get all day battery on my Nexus 6 with the marshmallow update. Based upon that I would imagine a nexus 6p would last as long as the iphone 6s+ with my typical usage.
  8. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    6s+ has the best battery life of iPhones
  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I would think the 6s+ has the better battery life over the 6+ because of iOS 9/hardware improvements. I know that my 6s is much, much better than my 6, even though it has a smaller battery.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am not sure my phone pick would be guided solely by the battery. But if that is most important to you, the 6S and 6S+ are the ones.
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors 603


    Apr 8, 2013
    The 6 +/ 6S+. I've owned both. Both are beast and are about the same. Most days I have about 50-60% charge left with moderate to heavy usage. When I'm not working the next day. I don't charge it at night and I have enough battery to last me until the next afternoon.
  12. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2013
    Usage time, yes. Screen time 12-13 hours? Not even remotely possible. Usage and SoT are different things
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yup, that's the one with the best battery life, though it comes at a price, i.e., most expensive and large form factor.
  14. Sajal macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2014
    Used to own 6+ and now a 6s+, battery life remains similar too me. If I game for an hour or two I need to charge at the end of each day, otherwise 2 days easily works out.

    Do remember even the network 4G/3G/2G effects the battery life, also you can always switch to the low power mode without much usability loss (unlike on androidland) and lengthen the time.
  15. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    My 6s+ has about the same battery life as my 6+, which is fantastic. It easily gets me from wake up (6AM) to bedtime (1030PM) practically everyday with anywhere form 50% to 20% remaining. That's all I could ask for.

    YMMV obviously, but the vast majority of people don't have to charge mid day using the plus model phones.
  16. petecee macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2015
    Derry City, N.Ireland
    My bad. Thought they were the same thing.

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