Laptops with the Longest Battery Life

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Longest Battery Life

No matter how stacked its specs are, a laptop is useless if it can't hold a charge. Fortunately, there are plenty of notebooks that go the distance. Using our Laptop Mag Battery Test, which invovles continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness, we've identified the longest-lasting notebooks on the market. We're talking more than 10 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country fight, a long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes.

Lenovo ThinkPad X260 (17:14)

The ThinkPad X260's 17 hours of endurance are enough to fly from New York to Taiwan or spend every waking hour of the day online, before going for a short night's sleep. If you need even more endurance, the 12.5-inch laptop has Lenovo's Power Bridge technology, which lets you swap out the battery while the system remains on. At 3.6 pounds (with the extended battery), the X260 is light enough to go anywhere and slim enough to fit in small spaces. Even better, Lenovo's laptop offers a comfortable keyboard, accurate touchpad and plenty for performance for getting work done.

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook (14:43)

When it comes to price per hour of battery life, Acer's $199, 14-inch Aspire One Cloudbook has every other system beat. On Laptop Mag's Battery Test, the Cloudbook lasted a staggering 14 hours and 43 minutes on a single charge, 2.5 hours more than the next-closest budget machine, the Asus X205. You also get a big 14-inch screen, a sturdy body, a full-sized keyboard and Windows 10 instead of Chrome OS. So if you're looking for an affordable system that doesn't need to be tethered to an outlet, this is the laptop for you.

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (14:00)

The latest MacBook Air keeps the same sleek design as its predecessor and adds a 5th-gen Intel Core i5 processor and even faster flash storage. And, with a 14-hour runtime, it lasts nearly 2 hours longer than before. Add in OS X and its useful Continuity features, and it's easy to see why the $999 Air is one of our favorite ultraportable values.

Dell Chromebook 13 (13:25)

With its soft-touch carbon fiber lid, magnesium alloy deck and full HD display, this 13-inch system certainly doesn’t look like a Chromebook. It also boasts a backlit keyboard, Intel Celeron processor and 16GB of storage, making it powerful enough for all cloud-related tasks. But its best attribute is its 13-plus hour endurance, better than any Chromebook we’ve tested.

Lenovo ThinkPad T460 (13:12)

If you want a truly fantastic keyboard, durable chassis and strong performance, look no further than the ThinkPad T460. Unlike its slim sibling, the T460s, the T460 makes room for an optional extended battery that gives this 14-inch laptop up to 13 hours of endurance. A durable, MIL-SPEC-tested chassis helps this long-lasting business notebook stand up to the rigors of all-day business travel.

Microsoft Surface Book (12:29)

 

When coupled with its keyboard dock, Microsoft’s first notebook will last up to 12.5 hours. But this “ultimate laptop” also comes with a clever fulcrum hinge, 13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000-pixel display, and a magnetically attached stylus. All this in a minimalist magnesium chassis that will probably end up in MoMA.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display (12:04)

Not only does the 2015 MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display last more than an hour longer than the 2014 model — 12:04 versus an already-excellent 10:44 — but it's also a lot more powerful. Plus, a new Force Touch trackpad can sense pressure, letting you do more things with fewer clicks.

Dell XPS 13 (11:54)

Not only did Dell manage to fit a 13-inch display into an 11-inch, 2.6-pound chassis, but it also squeezed in enough juice to last nearly 12 hours. (The touch version, which has a quad HD display, made it 7.5 hours). Add to that a Core i6 processor, 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, a backlit keyboard and a smooth touchpad, and you’ve got one of the best ultraportables of the year.

Lenovo 100s Chromebook (11:19)

For less than $200, you can get a notebook that lasts more than 11 hours. The highly portable Lenovo 100s Chromebook weighs just 2.5 pounds and has a better than expected keyboard for the price, but typing is a bit cramped on this 11-inch system. Its Celeron CPU will easily get you through email and Web surfing, though. 

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA (10:56)

For under $350, the Transformer Book Flip TP200A gives you a whole lot of functionality and endurance in a lightweight package. This 11.6-inch 2-in-1 features a 360-degree hinge that allows it to morph into tablet, tent or stand modes. This hybrid provides a USB Type-C port for the next generation of peripherals, a bright display with accurate colors and nearly 11 hours of battery life.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 (10:05)

Our favorite Chromebook, the 13-inch Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 pairs a vibrant full HD screen with a snappy keyboard and attractive, textured-plastic chassis. Best of all, Toshiba's laptop lasts over 10 hours on a charge.

Laptop Mag Battery Test

Continuous web surfing over wireless until battery is drained. Higher is better.

Laptop Name: Hours/Minutes: Starting Price:
Lenovo Thinkpad X260 17:14 $764.10
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook (14-Inch) 14:43 $199.00
MacBook Air (13-inch) 14:00 $999.00
Dell Chromebook 13 - 7310 13:25 $399.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T460 13:12 $809.10
Microsoft Surface Book 12:29 $1499.00
Macbook Pro w/ Retina Display (13-inch) 12:04 $1299.00
Dell XPS 13 (non-touch) 11:54 $799.00
Lenovo 100s Chromebook 11:19 $179.00
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200A 10:56 $349.00
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 10:05 $330.00

 


 

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51 comments
  • Samir Says:

    Helping? Let's see a chrome or cloud book isn't a laptop, they all have tiny screens so of course battery life is good. How about reviewing laptops we all actually buy typically 15" screens and up. While you are at it explain to these moron manufacturers we want battery life! I don't care if it is wafer thin and weighs less than a penny. Make the entire bottom a battery!

  • Vishal kumar Says:

    Dear sir
    Please tell me which company battery is good for dell laptops.

  • Collins Says:

    Interesting, i love this it is helping

  • Carl Beigle Says:

    What is the best recommended replacement "longer life" battery for HP G60 Notebook PC?

  • Sakyi Williams Says:

    Am using Lenovo G505 model number 20240. it worries me too much. it runs slow. please what is wrong with it?.

  • Aman Singh Says:

    Which laptops is best under 30000/- including battry lif ...and also gud luking...

  • Dindin Says:

    When we will see T460/T460s/T460p review?
    And which type has better battery performance than T450s?

  • Ben Myers Says:

    Now how about a project to do "long lasting" laptops, as in durable and easy to repair?

  • Naveen Panwar Says:

    I found acer aspire one cloudbook 14" best of all but I can't imagine they are not selling it in India?

  • Gabriel Says:

    What about the dell chromebook 13?

  • UConnRon Says:

    Chromebooks give the most bang for the buck. Light weight, no viruses, long battery life, automatic upgrades, and low price. I have been using computers (Apples, DOS, & Windows) since 1981. I like my Toshiba Chromebook 2 over all others.

  • Doda234 Says:

    I dont think so, I have t450s with standard batteries, it is false ads. The battery lasts barely 4-5 hrs.
    Please fix it

  • Stephen Says:

    The apple's shouldn't be considered worthy to be on this list. They're not worth it for their exorbitant price.

  • Santi Says:

    Apple laptop
    I need for all products by Apple.

  • Ikenah Says:

    Pls guys I want to get a hp laptop, but am looking for one dat can play high definition games, need ur assistance as soon as possible

  • lithic Says:

    I have been using the Lenovo Thinkpad T440s for seven months with the 6-cell external battery.

    It just keeps on going - sometimes a whole day in the office with full use(WiFi, full brightness etc.) and there's still charge left in the evenings.

    I've even taken it camping knowing that I would get reliable use for many evenings without recharging (I don't have a second external battery for it because one is enough!).

    I doubt that most, if any, of the other laptops in this review can achieve that, particularly with a 14" screen and a CORE i7 processor.

    That said, despite it's many strengths (for example, the ability to dual-boot Ubuntu without any hassles) I'm wary of Lenovo because of their fickle support and very poor communication.

  • Nathan Says:

    +saptarshi

    could be because it is lower in laptopmags battery tests.

  • saptarshi Says:

    where the fuck is sony vaio pro 13..?
    it has a battery life of 8.5 hours

  • wow Says:

    where is the asus transformer book t100?

  • Richard Outcault Says:

    I am looking for a computer for home use with a long battery life and is very productive.

  • thom Says:

    really useful

  • Missy Says:

    I'm buying my second battery for my samsung laptop, and when comparing my current battery to the pictures I see on ebay I'm finding one difference and would like to know if it makes a difference?

    I looked in my history and the last battery I bought had this title: samsung rv520 rc512 rv511 oem genuine battery 11.1v 48wh aa-pb9nc6b ba43-00282a

    On the back of the battery on the white barcode at the top, after the long barcode there is a smaller one and it either says "rev 1.0" or "rev 1.2".

    My current battery says "rev 1.0", do I need to get the "rev 1.0" one or will either work? All the other numbers and codes match up.

  • Matthew Says:

    where the fuck is the fucking lost you fucking cocksuckers

  • Dave Schaefer Says:

    Why is the HP Spectre 13t-3000 not available for purchase anymore? I really have been wanting to buy one of these, and now I see that it is no longer available. I can't seem to find a straight explanation as to why it is completely gone after only being released in Q4 of 2013. Was is recalled? Is a newer model coming out soon? Can I please get a straight answer?

  • Dave Schaefer Says:

    Why is the HP Spectre 13t-3000 not available for purchase anymore? I really have been wanting to buy one of these, and now I see that it is no longer available. I can't seem to find a straight explanation as to why it is completely gone after only being released in Q4 of 2013. Was is recalled? Is a newer model coming out soon? Can I please get a straight answer?

  • noah Says:

    can i still paly games on it and still work on it during the 20hrs and 28 mins

  • Jake Long Says:

    Why not include the rugged laptops (such as the ToughBook C2 - with 14 and 19 hour battery life options)?

  • Joena Says:

    now i am using this model . in past always facing some problem with low battery life in my laptop. this article will be helpful to those users they use laptop with low battery life.. thanks

  • Tony Says:

    Looking for help.

    Want a battery life of at least 5 hrs. of (real world use), Intel Core i7-4800MQ Processor, Windows 8.1, 17.3" Full HD Anti-Reflective Display, 16 GB of memory (crucial or top brand name), 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M (or close too), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 AC + Bluetooth Combo.... for under $2000.
    If there is such a beast, please let me know. I'm having a hard time finding one. Your help would be greatly appreciated !!!!!!

  • Jay Says:

    I am looking for a laptop that will store over 3,000 pictures, family documents, movies, voice etc. What laptop would best fit my needs

  • Alauddin Says:

    I had a Samsung band laptop at present like to have a new one .cost effective and latest version needs cooperate in this regard,

  • Barb Says:

    what do you think of a fugitsu laptop for home/business use?

  • Ihsanuddin Says:

    Please send me complete full deatails of thinkpad x-230 laptop along with price .
    thanks a lot.
    Mr: IHSANUDDIN ZAHEER

  • Ihsanuddin Says:

    Dear Jake,
    How i can get that long livebattery laptop that i am living in AFghanistan

  • pp Says:

    I feeling bad about lenovo idea pad
    U430 touch.authorized in Thai don't HV this
    Model.but v can find in black market.
    In case of warranty/u know what will they say...ha ha no service parts.
    Next time for pcmag/laptop review ...l very surprise for changing the price.
    At first stage u430touch /usd623
    But today show usd700.
    So hope for more precise for reader.

  • Jimmy Says:

    Battery life depends on the size, form factor, and its internal components. But where is the Samsung series 7 Chronos, and the Ativ book 9?

  • Paul Renault Says:

    According to Panasonic's spec sheet, their CF31 has a (with no extra) battery life of 14.5 hours; easily topping the Lenovo X320's "paltry" 7 hours. Adding the media pocket battery brings the total to 21 hours. To me, this is a clear winner in this battle.

    Yes, it is a little heavy, but you don't need to carry it in a big, heavy, padded case - so what if you drop it on the sidewalk, eh?

    Bonus, you can safely use it at the beach in the sun - just rinse it off if you spill your mai tai on it.

  • John B Says:

    Acer 4810T runs 7-8hrs with stock battery. Of course no longer available since this is 3 yrs old but it is the 'John Deere" of computers, IMO. Very satisfied and would suggest that you look at the current replacement of this item in an Acer model.

  • sunny dee Says:

    The best experience I have had is with samsung NC215 notebook.
    It runs for about 8 hours when fully charged

  • Ron B. Says:

    I have a Gateway 18" display. I know it will run for about 4 1/2 hours on a single charge. I haven't tried it much longer.
    My criteria was large screen and at least 3 GB of memory. Hard drive size didn't matter a lot because I don't store a lot of games or many large programs on it. My largest game is Microsoft Flight Simulator and I have an older version of Word and Excel. I don't upgrade unless there's absolutely no way to get around it. By the way, my old laptop died after about 11 years I had to get a new one. My biggest criteria was the ability for wireless connections for my wife and I. We use Comcast and have had no problems with our computers AFTER they came out and buried our phone lines.

  • theEVT Says:

    I think the FatBatt Fifty is a more accurate list. They update it too but I don't know how often.

  • kinesthe Says:

    Given some laptops are tested with sheet batteries, why not test the Dell e6430 with its battery slice as well? Over 30 hours of runtime with its battery slice option

  • freeskydiver Says:

    What settings did you used during the tests??

  • Laptors Says:

    Good articles=))))

  • Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:

    @nando4,

    Thanks. We'll try to get one in.

  • nando4 Says:

    How about testing a 12.5" HP 2570P with 100Whr 9-cell? It claims 9-15hrs battery life in it's specs. A system with a socketted CPU (so can be user upgraded) and optical drive. A decent alternative to a 12.5" Lenovo X230 which has a soldered CPU and no optical drive.

  • Mike Prospero Says:

    Jamshed: Your best bet would be a workstation from Lenovo or Dell.

  • Jamshed Says:

    Dear Jake:
    Where can I get a monster 18.4″ with discrete graphics cards with the new Sandy Bridge processors ?
    And Hi-Life batteries for geological field work.
    Thanks,
    Jamshed
    roameri@vsnl.com

  • Jake Says:

    Well battery life depends. If you have a monster 18.4" with discrete graphics cards expectations are alot less. But with the new Sandy Bridge processors your getting then you ever had before.

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