New study confirms Google Chrome is a MacBook battery killer


Google Chrome may offer more features than Safari, and is the best option for those who use multiple platforms. But it should be avoided if you use a notebook and rely on good battery life. A new study has confirmed that Google’s browser drains more of your MacBook’s energy than its rivals.

The makers of the BatteryBox decided to put Chrome, Firefox, and Safari through their paces to find out which one was best for MacBook users. They had already heard that Apple’s browser provided the best results, but they needed hard evidence that proved that.

So, using all three browsers, the team measured power consumption during a number of popular tasks, including browsing Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter; streaming video on Netflix, Putlocker, and YouTube; using email in Gmail and Hotmail; and searching with Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.

A factory-restored, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro was used for all tests, and no other programs were open.

On average, Safari was by far the winner, with around 6 hours and 21 minutes of use off a full charge. Firefox came second, providing 5 hours and 29 minutes of use, while Chrome came last, with just 5 hours and 8 minutes. That means you get more than an hour of additional use by sticking with Safari.

MacBook battery life with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

In certain scenarios, Safari lasted around twice as long as Chrome. When browsing Imgur, for example, Safari lasted just over six hours, while Chrome only lasted just over three. Safari also lasted more than eight hours browsing Forbes, while Chrome last less than four.

To see the results for yourself, check out the complete test on the BatteryBox Blog. And if you’re using a MacBook, be sure to view it in Safari.

[via TechnoBuffalo]