Apple iPhone Battery IconBack when we had regular cell phones that lacked touchscreens and Wi-Fi, it was not out of the ordinary to go up to a week between charges. That’s just not the case anymore, given our insatiable appetite for wireless data and Angry Birds. The power demands are just so much higher, so until some magical battery technology comes along to address it, we’ll need to find a way to extend our smartphone batteries as best we can.

Yes, there are an assortment of backup batteries, battery-touting cases, and external charging solutions, but you still need something to keep your phone going on a daily basis so that you can make it through the day. Thankfully, there are several iPhone battery management apps available through the iTunes Store that can help you better understand your battery usage and hopefully help you get just a few more minutes of WhatsApp messaging before your iPhone turns itself off. All of these battery management apps are also compatible with the iPod touch and iPad.

Battery Life Pro

Battery Life Pro for iPhone

Battery Life Pro for iPhone

iTunes Store: Free

It’s not enough to simply keep an eye on your battery usage patterns; you want to do it on some good-looking eye candy. Battery Life Pro comes with seven attractive layouts that provide all sorts of battery status information, including how long your battery will last on 10 different tasks. Knowing that you have three hours of Wi-Fi usage left is a little more informative than simply knowing that you have 27% battery life remaining. This app also keeps a log of your device’s charging time, as well as tips for how to extend your battery life.

Battery HD+

Battery HD+ iPhone Battery Management App

Battery HD+ iPhone Battery Management App

iTunes Store: Free

The core functions here are quite similar to Battery Life Pro above. You also get a list of estimated time remaining for a variety of tasks, like 2D games, 3D games, GPS navigation, e-book reading, video chats, taking photos, listening to music ,and standby. Given this, it is perhaps more accurate to call this a battery monitoring app rather than a battery management app. All estimates are given in increments of 5%, which is really all the accuracy that you need.

Battery Boost Magic Pro

Battery Boost Magic Pro

Battery Boost Magic Pro

iTunes Store: $0.99

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, Battery Boost Magic Pro reduces battery drain and helps to maximize your battery life. Part of this has to do with the special 3-step full cycle charging. This helps to extend the life of your battery so that it will be better able to hold a charge in the future. There’s a fast and trickle charge to 100%, as well as a top-off charge and an extra top-off charge. The accuracy is in 1% increments and, like the above two apps, this one will also show how much power you have left for a variety of tasks.

BatterySense by Philips

Philips BatterySense App

Philips BatterySense App

iTunes Store: Free

Long before iPhones even existed, Philips was in the battery business. They know a thing or two about how those miraculously pockets of energy work, so it makes sense that Philips BatterySense is one of the better iPhone battery management apps available. The free app is simple and intuitive, giving you the estimated time remaining for common activities, as well as a unique battery simulation tool to estimate how much battery life you could achieve if you altered certain settings on your preferred iDevice. Turning down your screen brightness and turning off your Bluetooth can make a huge impact.

Battery Doctor Pro

Battery Doctor Pro

Battery Doctor Pro

iTunes Store: $0.99

Is this just what the doctor ordered? I don’t know too many physicians that would order iPhone battery management apps, but this might be a viable choice if they did. Accuracy is in 1% increments, it supports full cycle charging, and it can help with maintaining battery health in the long run. The process monitor is quite helpful, as it watches all the background processes and let you know which ones are draining your battery without your knowledge. Several battery-extending tips are also provided.

Battery Manager Pro

Battery Manager Pro iPhone App

Battery Manager Pro iPhone App

iTunes Store: $0.99

Yes, like the other iPhone battery management apps on this list, Battery Manager Pro will also tell you how much time you have remaining for a variety of common tasks and activities, but it comes with a special secret weapon. It’s called Supercharge mode and it’s activated automatically when the battery is at 100%. At that time, it increases your battery life by up to 5%. Another useful feature is dock mode, giving you a clearer indication of the charge status and time until fully charged.

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