Google Chrome is a resource hog. You know it, we know it and one would have to assume Google knows it too — though perhaps not, judging from what little has been done over the years to mitigate the browser's longstanding reputation for sucking battery life.
Fortunately, though, a fix might be on the way that could seriously help your laptop last much longer while using Chrome.
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It's surprising Google hadn't instituted this policy in the past, because you'd think that reducing background tab activity would present an easy and obvious opportunity for battery saving. The Windows Club says that this setting will remain an option in Chrome 86, and that Google is still exploring it, so it's unclear when or if it might become the default approach for Chrome going forward.