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I am familiar with the phrase battery hog.

Is this a common phrase?

Is there any better expression?

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    "Drain on the battery" is probably a good as anything. And I've probably heard "battery sucker" once or twice.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:13
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    A quick search on google reveals the most common (that i can find anyway) phrase for this is battery drain, and returns over a million relevant results when searched. I more often hear people say that something eats battery although this doesn't seem to be very common on the internet
    – 123
    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:14
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    I personally like the fairly obscure term vampire app.
    – Bookeater
    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:15
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    @technophyle Personally, I would go with "battery killer."
    – Elian
    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:20
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    Thanks guys for all the answers. Every suggestion is quite valuable to me. Oct 26, 2015 at 9:22

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Battery hog is a good expression. It would be instantly understood in the tech field. By way of analogy, we call CPU-intesive apps CPU hogs, as in Chrome could be a huge CPU hog.

Here's an example from CNet:

GPS is a huge battery hog, as it harnesses data from the phone's GPS chip, cell phone towers, and Wi-Fi hotspots to find your location

(http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-get-better-battery-life-on-android/)

Or you can simply say battery drainer:

Surprisingly, the Wal-Mart (WMT) app is the top battery drainer among U.S. Android users in this category.

(http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/03/technology/battery-draining-apps/)

The adjective battery-intensive could work as well:

What are the most battery intensive apps?

(http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/what-are-the-most-battery-intensive-apps.1097790/)

Edit: These may not be very common, but they still, I think, deserve a mention:

battery killer:

No, GPSD is not the battery-killer on your Android!

juice-killer:

Can somebody help me figure out what is draining my battery so much? - springtomize is definitely a juice killer...

juice-drainer:

The big Note 4 big screen will likely be a real battery juice drainer.

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The google search (with quotes) returns 60,000 results, so, yes, it's pretty popular. I mean, common. I mean, common and/or popular. Not exactly witty or beautiful, but pretty popular nonetheless. I mean, common. Yes. Right.

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  • Any synonymous phrases that come to your mind? Oct 26, 2015 at 9:05
  • I don't know ... Juice guzzler?
    – Ricky
    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:13
  • Sorry I'm not a native speaker, so it's hard for me to distinguish a joke. You're kidding right? Oct 26, 2015 at 9:24
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    Only half-kidding, actually. A car is a gas (petrol, if you will) guzzler if it consumes too much gas (petrol). "Juice" is a slang word for electric power. Thus an application (such as Google Chrome) can theoretically be referred to as a juice guzzler. I'm not sure whether it's popular or not.
    – Ricky
    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:48

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