AMITIAE - Friday 1 November 2013
Cassandra: iPhone 5s Battery Life - Not What the Headlines Told me
By Graham K. Rogers
I had one of those. It behaved perfectly, as did the replacement battery, but perhaps I am not clever enough to see the connection between my long-gone Mac and the iPhone, which was not even announced until 2007. As a note, iFixit identifies the battery in the iPhone 5s as "from Desay Battery Co., Ltd in Huizhou, China" and tells us it is "3.8V - 5.92Wh - 1560mAh battery." So, not even a Sony connection.
I am not economical - electrically speaking - and have everything on: GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, and anything else that needs power. While I am out, I listen to music, check email and look at social networking sites several times during the day. I am a battery's worst enemy.
Out of the box, the iPhone 5s I bought yesterday was showing a charge of around 70%. While I was fiddling and farting around restoring the data from the MacBook Pro and finding a couple of passwords that went missing, it was being charged via the USB port and Lightning connector. I disconnected it around 7pm.
The iPhone 4S went on charge a couple of hours before bedtime, but when it was time for me to retire I saw that the battery indicator was still high on the 5s. As an experiment, I did not charge the new iPhone overnight. It was still good in the morning. Several messages and emails had arrived during the time I was asleep, so it was at work while I was not.
Still with a good charge shown on the indicator, I went to work and used the phone as normal all day, returning home as the sun went down. It still took over an hour before the 20% warning appeared: over 24 hours and still performing. I can live with that. I will not be asking Apple for a new iPhone just yet.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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