attery life is a major topic of discussion when it comes to phone-based navigation. The answer to “how long will my battery last?” is an important one, especially for those of us who ride in remote places for long hours. The answer is, it depends on how you are using the phone and your settings. we’ve found that if you’re just recording rides with your phone in your pocket, only taking it out occasionally to see where you are, it can go 10 or more hours on a single charge using Rever on an iPhone 7 Plus. But, there are several factors you need to consider.
- Phone model. It sounds so obvious, but all phone batteries are not created equal. The latest iPhone 7 Plus has an incredible battery. Older ones don’t. This is the major factor in what you can expect from battery performance.
- Display on/off. Keeping your screen on is one of the major power drains. If you need to have your screen on to constantly see your location on a map you can expect four to five hours of battery from an iPhone 7.
- Background refreshing. Many apps and programs, like the email client on your phone have settings for how often it fetches information. Try optimizing these settings for better battery life.
Stand alone GPS units will definitely get better battery performance than a phone, but it’s not unlimited. You’ll need to charge, replace or hardwire your GPS device eventually. The same is true for your phone. Luckily it’s an easy task to make a direct connection to your bike. Most new bikes have a USB or cigarette-type charging port. If yours doesn’t you can purchase a kit for under $30.00 that you can wire directly to your battery. There are numerous options out there but we’ve used Powerlet and BikeMaster kits with no complaints.