The best phones and power banks for maximum Pokémon GO battery life

Angus Kidman 12 July 2016

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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.

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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:

PhoneGeekbench 3 Battery Test Duration
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge11:55:00
Huawei Mate 811:14:40
Samsung Galaxy J210:05:20
Samsung Galaxy S710:01:20
Samsung Galaxy Note 59:18:00
Huawei P98:26:30
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+8:24:10
LG Stylus DAB+8:11:40
Apple iPhone 6S Plus7:48:10
LG G57:36:10
Alcatel Go Play7:21:10
Google Nexus 5X7:14:20
HTC One X97:03:10
Oppo R7s7:00:00
HTC 106:54:30
Samsung Galaxy S66:51:30
Sony Xperia X Performance6:46:51
Oppo R96:41:50
Google Nexus 6P6:39:20
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 35:42:00
Sony Xperia Z55:41:30
LG G45:27:50
BlackBerry PRIV5:25:40
Huawei P8 Lite4:39:40
Apple iPhone SE4:27:10
Apple iPhone 6s3:52:10

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

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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.

Buy it online: $94 @ Ebay

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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.

Buy it online: $99.95 @ Cygnett

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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.

Buy it online: $44.99 @ Amazon

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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.

Buy it online: $59 @ Kogan

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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.

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4 Responses to The best phones and power banks for maximum Pokémon GO battery life

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    | July 23, 2016

    Dam I was really hoping you would of tested the Moto G4 Plus on that list as well :(

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      Lexie | August 16, 2016

      You mean you hoped they WOULD HAVE. Spend less time on the Internet and go back to school.

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    TheTimePokemon | July 15, 2016

    Hello what would last longer for Pokémon Go a Ipad mini 4 using cellular or a S7 Edge?

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      Jake | July 15, 2016

      Hi! The S7 Edge is actually the best Pokemon catching phone we’ve tested. For this reason (and for the fact iPads are significantly bigger) I’d probably suggest taking your phone on any Pokemon GO escapades. Hope this helps!

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