Of the major web browsers that are available out there, which one do you think is killing the battery of your laptop? This is a question that a lot of people ask amongst other questions concerning web browsers anyway.

There are lots of web browsers out there. However, the major ones as silently agreed by everyone and that are running on Windows laptops in alphabetical order are

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera

Microsoft is currently trying to phase our Internet Explorer and trying to replace it with Microsoft Edge, which is now the default browser in their latest version of Windows – Windows 10. So, we can safely reduce our list of major browsers running on Windows to

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera

To answer the question, “Which web browser consumes the most power?”, Microsoft went all out to carry out an experiment in which four (4) different laptops with the same specification were set-up separately to stream a particular video online using all these major web browsers one on each laptop. A timer was set in motion to record how long it took each laptop to run out of juice. Since the web browser is the only software running on the laptop at the time, it can be safely assumed that the web browser is the one consuming the power of the laptop, which would in turn enable them to be able to determine which browser consumes the most power.

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At the end of the experiment

  • Google Chrome took 4 hours 19 minutes and 50 seconds (04:19:50) to finish the power on its laptop
  • Mozilla Firefox took 5 hours 09 minutes and 30 seconds (05:09:30) to finish the power on its laptop
  • Opera took 6 hours 18 minutes and 33 seconds (06:18:33) to finish the power on its laptop
  • Microsoft Edge took 7 hours 22 minutes and 07 seconds (07:22:07) to finish the power on its laptop

This simply means that Google Chrome is the worst power consumer, followed by Mozilla Firefox, Opera then Microsoft Edge.

You can also watch the video of the experiment below.

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