Does Google Chrome use a lot of battery?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by andyACEcandy, May 18, 2010.

  1. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

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    I installed Chrome and my battery life with minimal usage went from 6ish hours to 3...

    I closed out and opened firefox, and it went back to the 6ish.

    I calibrated my battery and retried again.... Chrome still decreased battery life a lot.

    Weird? Anyway, I have since uninstalled Chrome.... wondering if anyone else noticed this?
     
  2. LifeIsLaughter macrumors newbie

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    That's strange.
    Chrome so far has proven to be very fast and efficient for me. What plug-ins do you have installed? There is no reason that I know of that would explain why Firefox would be more power efficient.
     
  3. hackeron macrumors newbie

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    Google chrome causes my macbook pro to turn on the nvidia GPU which drains the battery significantly faster than safari and firefox - so I tend to turn off chrome whenever I'm on battery :(
     
  4. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    Might have something to do with the rendering engine.
     
  5. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    I would like to bump this.

    My 13" '09 MBP, with full charge, gets around 3hours 40mins when surfing the web with Chrome, at a little over medium brightness.

    Safari, with the same conditions, lasts for 4 hours 50 minutes.

    Any solutions, explanations, or tips?
     
  6. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    Try disabling its built in Flash plugin and see how that effects battery life.
     
  7. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    Visit chrome://plugins/ and disable "Shockwave Flash"
     
  9. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    Thankyou! I will try that and report back with results.
     
  10. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    I dont have chrome on my mac anymore, but I really didn't have as good experience with chrome on the mac as I have on windows, its very buggy, I just couldn't stand the Expose glitch.
     
  11. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    Luckily I have never experienced that.
     
  12. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    I have disabled the flash plugin, however the battery life didn't get that much better. Ah well :/
     
  13. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wondering if I should reinstall...

    I like Firefox, but I do think Chrome is a bit faster and lighter
     
  14. dobirip macrumors newbie

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    macbook pro 13inch late 2011

    Yep, i just bought this mac and was mad about apple the battery runs out much faster then expected, never experienced any similar battery drain with my older 15inch macbook pro (didn't have chrome then). with chrome battery is around 3:30 hours, with safari 7:30. I guess thats due to my google sync etc and offline gmail but not worth it. recommendation don't use chrome at all on MacBooks (still use on iMac and love it).
     

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