Battery Life Stretches to Meet Consumer Demands

By: | September 29th, 2013

The laptop and smartphone market is saturated and shows no signs of slowing down, especially with the latter and Apple’s recent unveiling of the iPhone 5S and 5C. People are on the go or telecommuting more than ever, which means the demand for greater battery technology is higher than it’s ever been before.

Here’s a quick look at some of the best laptop and smartphone battery durability out there today. Be sure to comment below on what your preferred laptop and smartphone models are.

The MacBook, in all its models, is challenging many other laptops with several different features but the MacBook Pro 2013’s battery has an increased battery life up 80%, which is somewhere in the region of 12 hours.

Lenovo’s laptops have rightfully gained a lot of acclaim in recent years. While the ThinkPad X230 is one of its priciest models, it boasts a hefty 6-cell battery that can reach up to 9.9 hours unplugged but can be used with an external slice battery that could potentially reach 20 hours of battery life.  Acer, meanwhile, has improved the battery life in its Aspire range with a solid seven hour battery life unplugged.

So where do smartphones come in? LG’s latest phones use an mAh battery that reaches up to 3,000. mAh means Milliamps Hour and the higher the milliamps, the longer the battery life. At 3,000 mAh, LG’s newest phones’ batteries can last over 10 hours.

For reference: Milliamps Hour is 1/1000th of an Amp Hour.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II ratchets the standard up even higher with 3,100 mAh. So as the smartphone market becomes increasingly competitive, expect to see your battery life expand.

Manufacturers are always looking for new ways to sway consumers to their models and for all the cameras, apps and other functions they may have, they aren’t of much use if you don’t have a powerful battery to keep it going. This is, of course, good news for the consumer regarding the features they are getting but how it will affect the pricing of smartphones in the long term remains to be seen.

Jonathan Keane

Irish journalist writing on business, tech and engineering.


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