On average, they reported that the effect of using a security app on reducing battery run time is only about 2% which translates into less than 30 minutes of lost battery life per day. And the study went on to explain that the differences in performance of one mobile security product to another were small (they tested 13 products each from a different vendor). I was amused by the author’s comment that they were “not providing a ranking” because it “could get misused by marketing departments”. Indeed!
The report shows a picture of Agilent’s N6705B DC Power Analyzer as the measuring device. They used this product because “This high-precision instrument can measure battery drain exactly”. A screen shot of Agilent’s 14585A Control and Analysis Software for the DC Power Analyzer was also shown in the report. The software allowed them to evaluate power consumption while performing various mobile phone tasks, such as making phone calls, viewing pictures, browsing websites, watching YouTube (I wonder if they watched any of the DC Power Analyzer videos we have posted!), watching locally stored videos, receiving and sending mails, and opening documents.