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Chrome Worst for MacBook’s Battery Life While Safari is Best, Says Study

There is no doubt that in the web browsers’ popularity scale, Google Chrome is right up there. However over the years, Chrome has garnered the reputation of being a “memory hog.” And now for MacBook users who are conscious about their battery life might want to reconsider using Chrome. According to a new study, Google’s browser drains battery life faster compared to other browsers.

Safari MacBook
BatteryBox, a company that sells smart portable MacBook batteries, has decided to put Chrome, Firefox and Safari to a test to determine the browsers’ performance in terms of battery life. Based on the results, things are not looking good for Chrome.

Using all three browsers, the team measured battery consumption by performing common tasks like composing / sending emails, browsing social media and news, using search engines, YouTube and music streaming. For all the tests, a factory-restored, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro was used and no other apps were running.
Safari vs Chrome vs Firefox
Overall, the clear winner of all the tests was none other than Apple’s Safari. Using Safari over Chrome will get you a full hour of more battery juice on your MacBook. Safari scored 6 hours and 21 minutes of battery use after a full charge. In second place comes Firefox with 5 hours and 29 minutes of use. And in last place is Chrome, netting only 5 hours and 8 minutes. There are even tasks where Safari lasted twice as long as Chrome such as when browsing websites like Imgur.

To see more of the tests, you can check out BatteryBox’s blog. There are even more tips that will help your MacBook’s battery life last longer. [via TechnoBuffalo]

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