Oppo A54 5G battery test: 5G hotspot and live streaming without end

A mid-range smartphone with 5000 mAh under the hood: How far does the battery last? We put the Oppo A54 5G to the test and test the smartphone as a mobile 5G router, continuous streamer, and in the everyday benchmark. How many hours do we manage each time?

With a 5000 mAh battery, the Oppo A54 5G offers good conditions for long runtime. In addition, there is the frugal Qualcomm SoC Snapdragon 480. In our battery test, we test how far the smartphone can carry us.

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Briefly about the setup: I had inserted a SIM card from Deutsche Telekom with a 5G-capable tariff in the Oppo A54 5G. For all tests, I set up two Google accounts on the smartphone and – unless explicitly stated otherwise – activated mobile data. For a practical result, we left the display brightness in the standard-setting (suitable for everyday use).

Oppo A54 5G battery test: live streaming

Whether via Twitch or YouTube: Streaming is very popular. But how long can you stream with the Oppo A54 5G until the battery is empty? Good question: And so at 9:49 p.m. I hung my smartphone over a 3D printer and wanted to stream a nightly print. Unfortunately with little success – at least on the part of the printer.

While the Oppo A54 5G lasted all night with the screen activated, I couldn’t persuade the 3D printer to print correctly and at some point went to bed, exasperated, and streamed a video of the switched-off printer online. The (not particularly worth seeing) stream on YouTube is exactly 9:44:59 hours. Out of consideration for my monthly data volume, I streamed here via WiFi.

Oppo A54 5G battery test: working with tethering

Working via tethering is part of the everyday routine of tech editors at all kinds of trade fairs and events, as is the lugging of power banks. Downloading and uploading images or videos via the mobile Internet, surfing through press releases, and writing articles cost a lot of battery power. For this part of the battery test with the Oppo A54 5G, I used the hotspot feature for a whole day.

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The mobile hotspot kept me connected to the internet all day long. / © NextPit

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It started at 11:09 a.m. in the home office – unfortunately I didn’t plug the smartphone back in immediately after the streaming marathon with the 3D printer. While I unfortunately only had 4G network coverage at home, I was able to work on the S-Bahn and in the office via 5G. So until around 7:00 p.m. I had video calls, wrote texts, uploaded pictures, researched the Internet, and worked in Google Docs.

After work, there was a round of Starcraft and some soccer over the mobile data connection in the nearby hotel. At bedtime at 10:47 p.m. the battery was still 27 percent on the clock – and my data volume was 1.4 GB lighter. The hotspot remained activated overnight – at 8:15 am the next day, when there was a remaining capacity of four percent, the message came up that please activate the super energy-saving mode.

Oppo A54 5G battery test: standard benchmark

Last but not least, the obligatory battery benchmark. We ran the “PCMark Work 3.0 Battery Life”, which cuts the smartphone battery from 100 to 20 percent. In the test, in airplane mode and with the display brightness calibrated to 200 nits, it took 17 hours and 12 minutes until the 20 percent limit was reached.

Just for comparison: With the more energy-efficient Snapdragon version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, the lights go out after a good twelve hours, the Exynos version only manages nine and a half hours here.

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If the battery is fully charged, it takes a long time for the Oppo A54 5G to spit out this message for you.! / © NextPit

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If the battery does run out, the A54 5G also offers various energy-saving modes. In “normal” energy-saving mode, according to Oppo, the smartphone should last an hour per hour for less demanding tasks with five percent battery capacity. In the super night saving mode, only two percent should be consumed overnight.

And the charging?

Last but not least, charging: The Oppo A54 5G consumes up to 10 watts via the USB-C port. The charger included in the scope of delivery fulfills this charging capacity exactly – and thus reaches a battery level of 15 percent after around 20 minutes. It takes an hour until the battery is half full, and a full charge from zero to one hundred takes 2.5 hours.

Unfortunately, this is not particularly fast, especially in comparison with Oppos “larger” models, which manage up to 125 watts with SuperVOOC. If you don’t have a livestream marathon ahead of you, you can get through the day well with half the battery. In the practical test of the Oppo A54 5G, Ben usually had around 60 percent battery capacity in the evenings.

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This battery test is part of a cooperation with Oppo. Of course, the manufacturer had no influence on the results in this article.

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