Found out a trick to boost batt life while surfing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hari-bhari, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. hari-bhari macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2007
    I noticed that a lot of websites use flash, especially for ads which saps your batt life while surfing. So I installed Safari Adblock and also went into Safari preferences and disabled plugins. Most sites I visit work fine because they have backups for browsers without flash. When it comes to a site with a video, I just renable plugins and refresh the page (no need to quit safari completely). But it added about 45min to and hour of predicted battery life on a full charge.
  2. hari-bhari thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2007
    By the way, using this trick with low screen brightness (4 clicks) and moderate keyboard backlight, I got about 1:20 of surfing off of 29% battery. Calculates to about 4:45 total for full charge. 9400m of course
  3. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I think it's criminal how much CPU Flash occupies... good tip :)
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    i should have thought of this earlier! its only criminal on macs :( and considering macs were the first computers to have flash its a bit rude too.
  5. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    I just use Firefox 3 Beta 2 with AdBlockPlus add-on, it blocks out all the flash ads, and all other ads, but allows youtube and other video players.

    (btw, I use FF3 beta 2 because it allows trackpad gestures like Safari)
  6. bay2sacto macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Have you heard of MultiClutch? Its a free preference pane that allows you to assign gestures to *ANY* app on a multitouch MB/MBP.

    Link (Via TUAW)
  7. hari-bhari thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2007
    yes but sites like cnet, abcnews, and facebook all use flash if its available. if you actually remove the plugin totally you will see a message requesting you to install it. however if you disable the plugins then the sites switch into some other mode and everything still renders normally. i cant tell the difference in functionality, but i can tell the difference in battery life :D
  8. Sean7512 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    If you guys haven't done so, update to Flash 10. It uses less power than the old flash that comes pre-installed on the computers....You can download it here.. It is still pathetic compared to Windows, but the latest version is a step in the right direction...I know this is old news, so if you are already using this new version, sorry...
  9. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    I'm using FF3 beta 2, and found that AdblockPlus doesn't work for me, on sites like or Just got FlashBlock instead, which works great.
  10. semitry macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2008
    I use noscript, a firefox plugin, it lets you block anything and allowing sites or certain flash applications on the fly is simple.

    And does multiclutch work with 4 finger gestures, would be nice to remap spaces to that.
  11. bay2sacto macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Unfortunately not at this time. Though the author has said on his site he plans to implement them in a future update.

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