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Flash uses more battery than HTML5?

HTML5 Canvas 3D particles

There’s been a lot of talk about whether Flash drains the battery on MacBooks as much as HTML5 does, so I thought I’d check this claim out. I’m concerned that any tests would be based upon Flash vs no Flash, without an HTML5 version to compare to.

So here we have identical content in Flash and HTML5. It’s just a simple 3D Particle system.

My challenge, leave this running and see which one runs down your battery fastest!

FLASH VERSION

HTML5 VERSION

Now of course this will just be comparing one small part of Flash and HTML5 – rendering animating bitmap images. I’m sure that rich content will use the battery no matter which technology you use. But is there a difference in how fast it drains? And to be fair, please make sure you use the non-debug version of the FlashPlayer.

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