Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL Battery Life: No Worries Here

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After almost a full week’s worth of testing (unboxing, camera comparisons, first 10 things, etc.), I think Tim and I have no hesitation in saying that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are solid in the battery life department. He’s hammered on the regular Pixel 2 like he typically does all phones, while I put in some extra time on the Pixel 2 XL to see how far a single charge could really go. Honestly, I’m pretty impressed by the initial numbers.

And to recap, the Pixel 2 has a smallish 2700mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL has a decent-sized 3520mAh cell. Neither is removable, but they do have rapid (fast) charging through included USB-C adapters should you ever need to grab some quick juice in a pinch. Those battery sizes aren’t topping the charts either, though our testing shows numbers that are as-good-if-not-better than competitors, including the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8.

Below, you’ll find Pixel 2 battery life results followed by the same from the Pixel 2 XL.

Pixel 2

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As you can see here, the Pixel 2 lasted all day with plenty of juice to spare. Tim’s results show days with less than 4 hours of screen on time along with days that eclipsed the 5-hour mark. On no day did he need to plug the phone in to save it from dying before he went to bed, which means 15-17 or so hours of being unplugged. For a 2700mAh battery, I’m not sure I expected that to be the case at all. Clearly, Google has done a heck of a job fine-tuning the performance of the smaller Pixel 2 to run as efficiently as possible.

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 Pixel 2 XL

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For the Pixel 2 XL, I almost always jumped past the 5-hour screen on time mark and still had fuel in the tank. One day, it’s obvious that I decided to do nothing with my life but stare at the phone’s screen and managed to push past 7 hours of screen on time, yet the phone still didn’t die. So for the 3520mAh battery in the Pixel 2 XL, I was seeing anywhere from 16-20 hours of overall usage without the need to plug the phone in. That’s impressive!

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While I’m not sure I’d crown either of these phones the “Battery King of the World” like we did with the Moto Z Play, I really don’t think you are going to run into battery life issues no matter the Pixel 2 you choose.



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