battery life

What new Android phone should I buy?

Episode 1434

Richard from Poway, CA
Pixel 2 XL

Richard really likes his phone, but the battery is starting to run out and Verizon says that since the battery is built-in, it can't be replaced. He'll have to replace the whole phone. Leo says that drives him nuts. Richard has a perfectly good phone that he likes, but he has to go to the extra expense of upgrading a phone and throw his old one away. What phone should he get now? Leo says that Google's Pixel 2 XL is exclusive to Verizon and it's a great phone. It runs pure Android. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is another great option, with a great screen.

How can I extend the battery life of the iPhone 7?

Episode 1397

Rob from New Jersey
Mophie Juice Pack Air

Rob's daughter has an iPhone 7 and she needs more battery life to get her through the day. Jason says that a case that has an extended battery built in is a good option. What does MFI mean? Jason says that MFI stands for Made for iPhone — certified products that work with the iPhone. Mophie is a very popular brand, and their Juice Pack Air is their current model. It would make the phone heavier and bigger, but it will work.

Why do so many devices have non-replaceable batteries?

Episode 1373

Clarence from Chesapeake, VA
Nintendo Switch

Clarence is concerned about the new trend to have irreplaceable batteries in devices, like the new Nintendo Switch. Leo says that iFixIt says the battery in the Switch can be replaced with the right tool and replacement part. It's doable. But there's no user serviceable part for the battery in the iPhone. It's all glued in now. Apple will repair a battery for you, but it can't be done by the user. Clarence's battery should last around 500 complete charges. Once that happens, they are dead.

How can I find out what's draining my phone battery?

Episode 1373

Brittany from Anaheim, CA
iPhone Battery Stats

Brittany has heard that the Android phones are having battery life issues. Leo says that the iPhone 7 Plus is one of the best phones for battery life. Apple is also very aggressive about controlling apps on the phone to prevent them from running in the background. The Android phone that Brittany's boyfriend has probably has an ill behaved app that's sucking the battery power out of it. Facebook, for instance, is a battery hog.

What's an Android alternative to the iPhone 6S with good battery life?

Episode 1347

Gary from Laguna Nigel, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

Gary's iPhone 6S has an issue with his battery suddenly dying, which seems like it should be part of the recall, but Apple says it isn't, and won't fix it. Leo says that's terrible! They should support it. The best he can hope for is getting a replacement for $200. So Gary wants to go Android, but he needs good battery life. Leo says that the Motorola Z Phone or the Sony Xperia have the best battery life for Android phones.

Will my laptop battery die out?

Jim from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1296

Jim's Lenovo laptop gets a notification that his lithium ion battery is 70% depleted. Leo says that there's a lot of mythology and garbage about LiOn batteries. But what we do know is that a standard battery has a cycle life of about 500 recharge cycles. They've discovered why and are working on designs to make sure batteries never wear out. But that isn't in the current state of the art. You can do things to make sure you get the most out of your battery by 1) never completely depleting your battery and when you do store them, store them half charged.

Why does my phone battery die when I'm charging it?

Episode 1273

Dave from Torrance, CA
Samsung Galaxy S6

Dave is having trouble charging his Galaxy S6. He plugs it in when it's low and it will continue to drain until it dies before it starts to recharge. Leo says it could be this app Dave has called DU battery saver. Leo says that those apps often take up more power than they save. It could just be a defective battery. Dave may want to talk to them about replacing it.