iPhone 14 One-Ups the iPhone 13 in This Category: Battery Life

During its fall product event on Wednesday, Apple said the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups include "all-day" battery life. The company says the best battery life, now included in the iPhone 14 Plus, was previously only available in the iPhone Pro Max models. (Here's how all four iPhone 14 models compare.)

iPhone 14 One-Ups the iPhone 13 in This Category: Battery Life
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02-10-2022 10:59

That likely means the latest models will all offer more minutes of battery life than the iPhone 13 series.

Battery life can vary depending on what people use their phones for so the results might not be the same for everyone. The battery information on Apple's website suggests that you can watch more video and listen to audio for a couple of more hours on the iPhone 14 compared to its predecessor. The company said that the iPhone 14 includes up to 20 hours of video playback, up to 16 hours of streamed video playback and up to 80 hours of audio playback. The iPhone 13 includes up to 19 hours of video playback, up to 15 hours of streamed video playback and up to 75 hours of audio playback. You can compare the battery life of various models on this website.

CNET's battery tests last year -- playing looped video on airplane mode with the screen at half brightness -- showed the iPhone 13 Pro lasting 22 hours, 2 minutes, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max lasting 31 hours, 19 minutes. It'll be interesting to see how the new iPhones compare.

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Apple's improvements to the iPhone's battery life is one way the tech giant is trying to entice you to upgrade your phone as consumers in general pull back on spending to offset inflation and a murky economic future. While new features like Crash Detection and Dynamic Island draw all the headlines, most consumers have a basic set of needs they look for when buying a new phone. 

If the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro's new battery life still isn't enough, you can always consider adding a power bank for added charge.  

The iPhone 14 starts at $799, the larger screen iPhone 14 Plus starts at $899, the iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099. At Wednesday's event, Apple also unveiled the AirPods Pro 2, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and the iOS 16 release date. 

Best iPhone 14 Fast Chargers at the Lowest Prices We Can Find

With Apple not including a power adapter with any of the iPhone 14 models (or iPhone 13 models), here's a look at several chargers that will quickly juice up any iPhone.

Sure, unboxing that shiny new iPhone is exciting, but it is a little frustrating that it doesn't come with everything you need. As phones have gotten more advanced, Apple has removed more and more accessories, and these days you'll have to buy just about all the necessary peripherals yourself. So while the new iPhone 14 comes with a Lightning cable, you'll still need to buy a wall charger to juice up using an outlet. We've rounded up some of the best iPhone charger AC adapters below so you can get fast-charging capabilities at a good value. 

Apple's 20-watt USB-C power adapter sells for $18, which is about $11 less than its overpriced and discontinued 18-watt USB-C power adapter. But several attractive alternatives can be considered among the best iPhone chargers. We've rounded up some of our favorite Apple device chargers to give a boost to your battery life. A few quick ground rules before we start: 

  • You'll need a charger with a USB-C port, or you'll need to get a USB-A-to-USB-C adapter. At the prices below, you might as well just get a new charger for your Apple product. 
  • Chargers with USB-C or PD (power delivery) support can generally charge devices faster than chargers with USB-A ports.
  • Two ports are always better than one, allowing you to charge two phones at once, or a phone and an accessory like wireless headphones.
  • Higher wattage is better up to a point. But getting 18 watts or better will allow you to charge tablets and even a Nintendo Switch. Get 65 watts or more and you can charge most newer laptops, too.
  • Many of these new chargers use a new, fast semiconductor material called gallium nitride, aka GaN, that is replacing the old, slow, silicon chip. Chargers with "GaNFast" have a charging speed up to three times faster than traditional chargers -- and they're half the size and weight. They're compatible with everything in today's Apple range, from AirPods and iPhones all the way to the big 16-inch MacBook Pro. They might not be optimal for models older than the iPhone 12, though.
  • Every charger here can also juice up an Android phone (so long as you supply a compatible charging cord or USB cable) as well as a Nintendo Switch.

While there are a plethora of charging brands available, including some generic ones on Amazon that offer 20-watt USB-C chargers for as low as $12 for a three-pack, we can broadly recommend three phone-charger brands: Anker, Aukey and RAVPower. All three have similar offerings at similar wattage, and prices fluctuate almost daily. Our latest Apple iPhone favorites are below, including some power bank (battery), wireless, charging stand and car options. We've used all of these over the past few months (or their direct predecessors).

None of these incorporate the new Apple MagSafe charger technology -- an upgrade from the Lightning connector. That's brand-new and will have a price premium for the foreseeable future -- don't expect to pay less than $37. 

We've tested most, but not all, of these chargers with the previous-generation iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. We'll update this periodically with more current picks for the new iPhone 14 so you can find a great deal to stay powered up.

Note that in May and June, most RAVPower, Aukey and Mpow products disappeared from Amazon amid reports that the retailer was cracking down on fake reviews. Many of those products remain available at ravpower.com and aukey.com, but their prices tended to be a little lower on Amazon.