The best phones and power banks for maximum Pokémon GO battery life
Don't let a power crisis ruin your Pokémon GO journey.
Pokémon GO is hella addictive, but also hell on your battery life. Social media is awash with the distressed cries of Pokémon seekers who have lost out in crucial gym battles because their power ran out at a crucial moment.
Avoid that horror scenario by making sure you've got a phone that can go the distance. Below we've rounded up the best-performing current smartphones for battery life, and the best power banks and other gadgets you can add to your phone to ensure that you're always charged up when Magmar suddenly appears unexpectedly.
Phones with the best battery life for Pokémon GO
finder has tested every major smartphone released in Australia over the last 18 months. Here's how they stack up for battery life using the Geekbench 3 Battery Test Duration benchmark, which measures how long the phone takes to fully discharge in hours, minutes and seconds:
|Phone||Geekbench 3 Battery Test Duration|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||11:55:00|
|Huawei Mate 8||11:14:40|
|Samsung Galaxy J2||10:05:20|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||10:01:20|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 5||9:18:00|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+||8:24:10|
|LG Stylus DAB+||8:11:40|
|Apple iPhone 6S Plus||7:48:10|
|Alcatel Go Play||7:21:10|
|Google Nexus 5X||7:14:20|
|HTC One X9||7:03:10|
|Samsung Galaxy S6||6:51:30|
|Sony Xperia X Performance||6:46:51|
|Google Nexus 6P||6:39:20|
|Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3||5:42:00|
|Sony Xperia Z5||5:41:30|
|Huawei P8 Lite||4:39:40|
|Apple iPhone SE||4:27:10|
|Apple iPhone 6s||3:52:10|
We're not saying you'll get almost 12 hours of continuous Pokémon GO action on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, because the game does draw a lot of power. But you will do a lot better with an S7 Edge than with an iPhone 6s, which can only deliver a third of the raw battery life of the Galaxy S7 Edge. If you're an Apple owner, your best bet right now is the iPhone 6s Plus. Android fans are rather more spoiled for choice.
If you've been considering a new phone anyway, then aiming for a new device with stonking battery life is definitely sensible to ensure your Pokémon GO experience lasts as long as possible before you have to head home and recharge. However, to really maximise the experience, you'll still want to invest in a power bank which you can plug directly into your phone when the juice is running low.
Five of our favourite power banks for Pokémon GO fans
Mophie Juice Pack
Why we like it: Mophie produces case chargers for a wide range of popular smartphones. The big advantage of any case design is that it solves two problems in one: as well as giving you an extra source of power, it also offers protection for your phone. Let's be blunt: if you're walking around storing at your screen all the time, you're going to trip over eventually. Rated: Varies.
Cygnett ChargeUp Digital 10,000mAh
Why we like it: The ChargeUp Digital sports dual USB ports, so you can charge both your smartphone and your fitness tracker/smartwatch. Given the battery life of some of these devices (yes, we're looking at you, Apple Watch), this is a handy bonus. Rated: 10,000mAh.
Apple iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case
Why we like it: Having mentioned the highly unimpressive battery life for the iPhone 6s, it seems only fair to point out that Apple does produce its own accessory that can improve that performance. There are more powerful charging cases available for iPhones, but if you want the fully integrated Apple look, this is the one to go for. Read more in our detailed review. Rated: 1877mAH.
Kogan Universal 11000mAh Power Bank
Why we like it: This high capacity charger can actually charge two devices at once. More importantly for the intrepid Pokémon GO player, it can be used to recharge your device multiple times. That makes it a handy companion for day-long Pokémon-hunting tours, and at around $49, it won't break the (power) bank. If you want even more oomph, there's a 20,000mAh version, but that's rather less portable. Rated: 11000mAh.
Plox 6000 Powerbox
Why we like it: The Plox 6000 Powerbox has been my go-to charger for a couple of years now. The secret to its appeal? It has the USB cable built in, so you don't have to worry about loose connections or misplaced cables. Rated: 6000mAh.
How to choose the right power bank
- Get as much power as possible The higher the mAh rating, the more charges you'll get from the pack before it needs charging itself.
- Make sure it's right for your device The vast majority of Android phones use micro-USB. Newer iPhones using Lightning, older ones use the bigger 30-pin connector. Some power banks simply have a USB slot so you can use the existing cord from your phone charger.
- Go for brand names Unbranded cheap power banks often have minimal battery capacity. Avoid disposable battery packs for the same reason.