Battery Life

Behind the removable back cover, sealed behind another layer of plastic, is the non-removable 7.52 Wh (1,980 mAh) lithium-ion battery. This is a decent-sized battery for an entry-level handset, especially when you consider the lack of power hungry components and a relatively small display.

During my general usage I found the battery life to be quite good, lasting a day with little trouble. To get a full breakdown of the battery life, though, let’s turn to our suite of benchmarks.

The Moto E finishes down the end of the video playback battery benchmark chart because the Snapdragon 200 SoC is only capable of decoding up to 720p footage, meaning decoding the 720p video for the test stresses the decoding block out. Nearly six hours of life isn’t a surprising result, with the more powerful video decoders excelling.

When it comes to web browsing, the Moto E lasts just as long as the flagships, which is a great result.

Thanks to a small battery and supporting quick charge protocols, the Moto E can charge in under two hours from a 10W charger. In the box you only get a 4.6W charger, which theoretically can charge the battery in 98 minutes in ideal conditions, but will take longer as not all the energy input turns directly into chemical energy.

The battery saver included with the Moto E only manages mobile data connections when the battery gets low, so it has limited scope for extending the battery life.