The OnePlus 5 comes with a 3300mAh battery, 100mAh smaller than what’s on the OnePlus 3T. it’s a very minor trade-off given that the phone had to have those smooth rounded edges and an oveall super-slim profile.
Testing the OnePlus 5’s battery challenged some of our existing beliefs about battery life. For starters, just to get things out of the way, the phone lasted one full day of heavy use (you can see the usage in the screenshots below), needing to be charged by the time the day was over. On average, the screen on time we got from the phone was about 3.5 hours, which is about average for phones with a battery this size. Where our notions were challenged, however, was the need to have the battery last through a whole day. Let us explain.
The OnePlus 5 comes with Dash Charge, which is the company’s proprietary fast charging method. Utilizing this method, the OnePlus goes from 0 percent battery to fully charged in about 70 minutes, a very impressive number. If you don’t have that much time, you can just plug the phone into the charger for about 10-15 minutes and still walk away with about 20 percent (or slightly more) battery charge. A 30 minute charging session will get your battery to about 45 percent which is again very impressive.
Once our usage tests were done, we tried to not use the “charge overnight” strategy for the OnePlus 5 and noticed that charging the phone randomly for 15-20 minutes every few times a day allowed us to get through the whole work day with great ease. Going to bed with 10 percent battery and waking up to just 5 percent charge was not a concern as a 10 minute top-up was enough to get the phone through the morning routines and the drive to work, despite being connected to the car’s Bluetooth system. Once at work, the battery was topped up for another half an hour before we had to head out for a meeting. A few hours later, another 45-minute charging session had the battery go back up to 70 percent and later in the evening, the phone was left plugged in to hit the 100 percent battery mark.
It is incredible just how functional Dash Charge really is. It has always been one of our favourite things about the OnePlus devices. Unfortunately, the only way to get the OnePlus 5 to charge as fast is to use not only the supplied wall charger but also the cable, which means a battery pack won’t be able to replicate these speeds. However, a battery pack plugged in long enough will definitely get you the top up you need.
Overall we feel that the OnePlus 5’s battery doesn’t leave us disappointed given that a power socket can practically be found anywhere and everywhere these days and even 10 minutes of access to one is enough to get your phone going for a significant amount of time.