Crome Is Killing Your Battery Faster Than Others-Edge Saves The Most

Microsoft has conducted a series of experiments showing just how power hungry Google’s search engine is:

Google Chrome may be the most popular internet browser out there, but a series of tests conducted by rival company Microsoft, show how much it is eating up your laptop’s battery.

The experiment saw Microsoft stream the same video on four unplugged, identical laptops. The only difference between them was the browser the video was being played on.

Up against the clock in Microsoft’s lab was Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge.

The results clearly put Google Chrome at the bottom of the pack, with the laptop’s battery only lasting 4 hours and 19 minutes.

This was followed by Mozilla Firefox which drained the laptop’s battery in 5 hours and 9 minutes.

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.

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.