Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge were all tested against each other in the experiment
Opera, a browser with a specific power saving mode , came in second place, lasting 6 hours and 18 minutes. Opera recognises when your laptop is no longer plugged in and reduces background activity, pausing unused plug-ins and hidden animations. This was followed by Mozilla Firefox which drained the laptop’s battery in 5 hours and 9 minutes.
Unsurprisingly Microsoft’s own browser, Edge, came out on top. Edge managed to stream the video for a total of 7 hours and 22 minutes – 70% longer than Google Chrome.
It’s worth pointing out that Microsoft Edge doesn’t have all the features that Google Chrome has, and browser extensions are not currently available.
However this is set to change when the company launches its Anniversary Update to Windows 10 this summer.
Microsoft is hoping to counteract the amount of battery life consumed by these extra features with even more power-saving enhancements, like more efficient processor management and controls on background activity.
It’s not the first time that Google Chrome has been singled out as as a browser that guzzles power. While it may be the world’s most popular browser, it is notoriously tough on laptop batteries – especially MacBooks.
Google has previously said it is working on solving this problem, but these latest tests show that no substantial improvements have been made yet.
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