Switching From Chrome to Safari on Your MacBook Could Get You an Extra Hour of Battery Life


According to a new study from BatteryBox, switching from Chrome to Safari on a MacBook could get you an extra hour of battery life.

After noticing that on of their employees was consistently getting better battery life out of his MacBook after switching to Safari, the company decided to modify a testing program they had to monitor power consumption on a MacBook.

“We measured the power consumption of watching videos on YouTube, browsing Reddit, streaming on Netflix vs Putlocker, creeping on Twitter and FaceBook, composing emails on services like Gmail and Hotmail, and searching for stuff on Google, Bing (yup, surprisingly, it’s still used), and DuckDuckGo. We used a factory-restored MacBook Pro Retina 13” to test each website on one internet browser at a time. No programs other than the browser were open.”

After averaging data from all the tests, Safari consumed the least power and allowed for 6 hours and 21 minutes of total use. Firefox came in second with 5 hours and 29 minutes of total use, and Chrome came in last with 5 hours and 8 minutes of usage.


The simple switch of web browsers from Chrome to Safari is likely to give you an hour or more of extra battery life on your MacBook.

What web browser are you using on your MacBook? Have you seen battery life improvements by switching from one browser to another? Let us know in the comments below.

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