Battery Life: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Firefox 11 vs. Google Chrome 18 vs. Opera 11.6

By | April 3, 2012 | 22 Comments

Battery Life: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Firefox 11 vs. Google Chrome 18 vs. Opera 11.6

Back in 2009 we have published an article on battery life, where Internet Explorer 8 pretty much dominated other web browsers; now, it’s time for a rematch.

By comparing top 5 web browsers battery life on a HP Pavillion laptop, 7tutorials found out the following…

Tested web browsers

Internet Explorer 10 Beta
Internet Explorer 9
Firefox 11
Google Chrome 18
Opera 11.62


Battery Life: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Firefox 11 vs. Google Chrome 18 vs. Opera 11.6


As seen in the results above, Internet Explorer 9 and 10 is still in the lead, followed by Opera, Firefox and lastly, Google Chrome.

So here you have it folks, switching from Google Chrome to IE10 alone would extend your battery life by you as much as 23 minutes.

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  • Shane Bundy

    I’m surprised at IE being the winner and Chrome being the loser since they’re both HWA. Firefox is getting better but the CPU time required to run it is still a bit much.

    A Maxthon battery benchmark would be cool, V. :-)


      I don’t have a laptop, believe it or not :) 

      • Shane Bundy

        I prefer desktops myself. ;-)

  • Guest

    IE10 doesn’t support WebGL. If it would be, that 20 minutes goes away. :)

  • Armin

    Does this have anything to do with Internet Explorer being native to Windows, or integrated into Windows?

    • Anonymous

      Yes it does. The core services are built into windows and IE takes advantage of this and HW acceleration to use the GPU to complete tasks quicker which saves battery life in the long run.

      • Armin

         No Flash? Only HTML5? Or am I misunderstanding?

        • apád anyád

          Exactly. No Flash, Shockwave, silverlight or Java in metro IE10.

          • Anonymous

            The metro IE has no flash. You can launch the desktop version from within metro if you need to though.

  • Fgduygk

    battery life increased by how decreasing cpu cycles or any other way ?

  • Felipe Fujiy Pessoto

    What do you mean about score? If you are doing some unbounded processing and Chrome is doing more work, it will always consume more.
    It´s the same that compare SSD vs. HD using 100% CPU. SSD will consume more, because it DO MORE.

    • Shane Bundy

      Opera seems to have the best score/life ratio. Chrome’s never been that great on laptop batteries.

  • Guest

    Awww!! IE & Opera rocks!!

  • Armin

    I am on a desktop running Firefox and currently have 22 tabs open. If I use Opera instead, will my electricity bill go down ever so slightly or am I misinterpreting something here?

    • Anonymous

      On the desktop it would be negligible.

      Best thing is to use a kill-o-watt and test the wattage drawn from the socket. Compare this for how many varibles you see fit. Then calculate this with the hours the computer is running with the tarrifs your electricity company sets.

      I say maybe $1 savings/year

      • Armin

        That’s not worth it at all! I just topped up 10ÂŁ and only got three days worth of electricity out of it.

        • Anonymous

          You guys buy electricity in blocks? Like prepaid?

          I don’t know what you mean by “topped up”

          BTW: I am in Australia and pay one of the highest for things including electricity.

          • Armin

            Yea, former housemates of mine switched the house over so that it’s pay as you go for electricity and gas. Why? An idiot housemate of ours left an old electric heater running in his room for three days straight…Without even being there. Massive bill. I currently live alone in the house and saving money is always nice, especially as a student, and if Opera does the job better than Firefox…

    • Anonymous

      On a Mobile, using Opera makes a noticable difference, but on a desktop, not  so.

  • god

    Funny because you already waste about 70% battery life by the time firefox loads lmao

  • Chromefan

    C’mon dont tell me you are that naive. If you save power with IE10, it is also much slower than firefox or chome so you also have to account on how much longer you will have to use your PC for the same task. Post the stats on that and we will know if your test results hold some water.

  • Sachhyam

    Firefox all the way. Chrome is just another flash in the pan.