Laptops with the Longest Battery Life

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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 2.0, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, we've identified the longest-lasting notebooks on the market. We're talking more than 9 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country flight, a long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes.

Note that, in February 2018, we switched from Laptop Battery Test 1.0, which surfed the web at a lower, 100 nits of brightness, so scores have gone down to reflect the more aggressive (and realistic) test.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (16:01)

If you want a truly fantastic keyboard, durable chassis and strong performance, look no further than the ThinkPad T470. The T470 makes room for an optional extended battery that gives this 14-inch laptop over 16 hours of endurance (with its optional, 6-cell battery). You can charge the laptop over a proprietary ThinkPad connector or via its Thunderbolt 3 port, which allows you to juice the laptop and output to multiple monitors over a single wire. A durable, MIL-SPEC-tested chassis helps this long-lasting business notebook stand up to the rigors of all-day business travel.

Pros: Best-in-class keyboard; Speedy PCIe SSD; Durable design; Thunderbolt 3 charging; 
Cons: Relatively-dim screen; Tinny sound

Key Specs: 14.1-inch display; Up to 1920 x 1080 screen resolution; Up to Core i7 CPU; 3.48 pounds / 3.88 pounds (6-cell battery)

Dell XPS 13 9360 (15:14)

The Dell XPS 13 9360 uses a nearly-bezel-free Infinity display to pack a 13-inch panel into a chassis that might otherwise hold an 11-inch laptop. Despite its slim, 0.6-inch thick dimensions and 2.7-pound weight, Dell's laptop offers nearly 16 hours of battery life with its standard, 1080p screen. 

Add to that an Intel 8th Gen Core i5 or i7 CPU, a speedy PCIe SSD and plenty of ports and you have the best consumer Ultrabook around. A Killer Wi-Fi card and Thunderbolt 3 charging round out this impressive package.

Pros: Very light; Great port selection; Gorgeous, nearly-bezel-free display/ Strong Wi-Fi
Cons: Awkward webcam placement

Key Specs: 13.3-inch screen; Up to 3200 x 1800 resolution; Up to Core i7 CPU; 2.78 pounds

Lenovo ThinkPad X270 (13:15)

Weighing 3 pounds (3.4 with extended battery), the 12.5-inch ThinkPad X270 is light enough to carry anywhere and small enough to fit easily on most airplane tray tables. Its 12.5-inch display outputs a vibrant 88 percent of the sRGB color gamut while a snappy keyboard and accurate pointing stick make editing documents a pleasure. Unlike many Ultrabooks, the X270 has plenty of ports, including a USB Type-C connector, multiple USB 3.0 connectors, an SD card reader and an Ethernet connector.

With its extended battery on board, this powerful laptop lasts more than 13 hours on a charge. If that's not enough endurance for you, you can carry a spare battery and swap it in, without even turning off the computer.

Pros: Great keyboard; Colorful screen; Hot-swappable battery; Light weight
Cons: No Thunderbolt 3 port; Mediocre battery life with 3-cell battery

Key Specs: 12.5-inch screen; Up to 1920 x 1080 resolution; Up to Core i7 CPU; 3 pounds / 3.4 pounds (with 6-cell battery)

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 (13:05)

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ThinkPad, Lenovo has taken a T470, dialed up its components to 11 and added a few cool retro design elements. In place of the standard island-style keyboard, Lenovo has put the classic 7-row keyboard, which offers a superior user experience thanks to its dedicated media controls, enlarged Esc and Delete keys and page forward / page back buttons. A soft-touch palmrest is more comfortable against your wrists than the hard, coarse plastic of the T470.

With its optional 6-cell battery on-board, the ThinkPad 25 lasted a strong 13 hours and 5 minutes on our  battery test. However, that time is 3 hours less than the T470 we tested, because the ThinkPad 25 comes standard with a touch screen and an Nvidia GPU, both of which use more power than the parts in our T470. 

Pros: Attractive retro design; Superior typing experience; Strong performance
Cons: Only one configuration; Expensive

Key Specs: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen; Core i7-7500U CPU; Nvidia 940MX GPU; 16GB of RAM; 512GB SSD; 4G Modem

Dell XPS 13 9370 (11:59)

The latest version of Dell's flagship laptop comes in an attractive rose gold and white color scheme and is a bit thinner than its predecessor, the still-for-sale XPS 13 9360. Because Dell shaved 0.14 inches off of the thickness and 0.13 pounds off the weight, the XPS 13 9370 has smaller battery and three hours less endurance. However, this sleek and sexy ultrabook still lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge and offers stronger performance and a more attractive screen than the 9360. You can also get the Dell XPS 13 9370 with an eye-popping 4K display.

Pros: Attractive design; Colorful display; Strong sustained performance; Very light
Cons: No USB Type-A port; Webcam looks up your nose

Key Specs: 13.3-inch screen; Up to 4K resolution; Up to Core i7 CPU; 2.65 pounds; Thunderbolt ports; 2.65 pounds; 0.46 inches thick.

LG Gram

The LG Gram's battery life of 10 hours and 46 minutes is its standout feature, alongside a vibrant display. It's extremely light at just 2.2 pounds and 12.7 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches, but it's lid has some give to it and the hinge leans back when you touch the display. But if you primary needs are something light and long-lasting, the Gram is worth a look.

Pros: Very light; Vibrant display; Good sound; Long battery life; 

Cons: Bland design; Lid wobbles; Pricey;

Dell Latitude 7380 (10:15)

With its extended battery on board, the Dell Latitude 7380 lasts for 10 hours and 15 minutes on a charge. This 13-inch laptop has a really light starting weight of 2.75 pounds and a durable MIL-SPEC-tested chassis that can survive extreme temperatures and pressure.

A luxurious soft-touch deck and deep key travel provide an excellent typing experience while an optional infrared camera lets you log into Windows 10 using facial recognition.

Pros: Colorful display; Durable chassis; Strong typing experience
Cons: Plain design; Expensive

Key Specs: 13-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen; Up to Core i7-7600U CPU; 2.75 pounds

Lenovo Yoga 920 (10:14)

Lenovo's flagship consumer 2-in-1 has great performance and even better aesthetics. Thanks to a quad-core, 8th Gen Core i7 CPU and a speedy PCIe SSD, the Yoga 920 can handle productivity tasks with aplomb. However, you may be distracted from your tasks when you spend time staring at its gorgeous bronze-colored chassis, super-thin bezel and colorful display. Best of all, it lasts over 10 hours on a charge.

Pros: Attractive bronze chassis; Powerful 8th Gen Core i7 performance; Rich audio playback
Cons: Somewhat shallow keyboard

Key Specs: 13.9-inch, up to 4K display; NVMe PCIe SSD; 16GB of RAM; 3 pounds

Laptop Mag Battery Test

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

Laptop Name: Hours/Minutes: Starting Price:
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 16:01 $881
Dell XPS 13 9360 (8th Gen) 15:14 $799
Lenovo ThinkPad X270 13:15 $881
Lenovo ThinkPad 25 13:05 $1,899
Dell XPS 13 9370 11:59 $999
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) 11:34 $1,999
LG Gram 10:46 $1,050
Dell Latitude 7380 10:15 $1,199
Lenovo Yoga 920 10:14 $1,299

 

Author Bio
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch,
The current editor-in-chief of our sister site, Tom's Hardware, Avram served as editorial director of Laptop from 2007 to 2018. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of our real-world benchmarks, including the Laptop Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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59 comments
  • Doug Southern Says:

    Are there any Laptops/PC's with an HDMI input currently on the market?

  • Franklyn Says:

    Which laptop from HP or Dell has over 12 hrs batter life and big or good storage space?

  • Achukwu Nnonye Victoria. Says:

    Thank you so much for the insights Avram❤.
    Pls I'm from Nigeria. Electricity is a huge problem. There can be blackout for two months 😫in my country. and due to sales of substandard products, generators ,it also contributes to damage of gadgets.
    Pls I need you to help me with recommendations on what laptop to buy. I want fairly used,since I'm a student and I want to start blogging with it. Thank you in anticipation.

  • Leo Schumer Says:

    Where are 2017 LG Gram 13,14(60Wh/FHD), 2015 MBP13r (75Wh/Retina), Lenovo Yoga 910 (78Wh/FHD) Dell Latitude 5580(92Wh/FHD), Lenovo Thinkpad T570/P51s(104Wh/FHD) and Thinkpad T560/P50s(116Wh/FHD)? And there's more, so where are all these excellent dual-core battery champs??

  • Raja sekhar Says:

    Yeah, where is Lenovo X270, it has 21 hrs battery backup.

  • Manuel Perez Says:

    Where is the Lenovo Thinkpad x270 on the list? ??????

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew Says:

    The Toshiba Portege Z20t-B crushes 2/3rds of that list and it's last years model. The Z20t-C would give every machine listed a run for it's money.
    http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/toshiba-portege-z20t

  • wow... Says:

    the number of moronic comments here is amazing - heres some quick answers to your dumb questions:

    - we don't know why your machine is slow, nor care - Off-Topic

    - A laptop with 8 hrs battery isn't on the list, because thats about an hour less than where they cut off the list, and its nothing spectacular - thats fucking why.

    - This article isn't about why XXX model isn't available anymore...

    - "Im looking for a computer with long battery life..." - Read the fucking article above!!

    - "Please send me full details of XX model" - Do your own research? We don't work for free...

    - Dell is the best battery for Dell laptops...


    hope i could make a couple people smile :D

  • 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.

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