Google Chrome - Battery Drain?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pat.micunnis, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. pat.micunnis macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    I just received my 15" 2.6/16/1 TB/750 M. I noticed the battery levels fluctuates (+/- 20 to 40 minutes).

    Are other Haswell rMBP owners seeing their battery drain faster with Google Chrome? I only have 5 tabs open. When I close a tab, the battery level increases by 15 minutes!

    In the Mavericks forum, there are posts about the known bug about Google Chrome helper not responding.

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  2. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    i find the opposite, safari chews up tons of memory for me and chrome does not same goes with battery.
  3. covertash macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2012
    Same here.

    I have more tabs open and less memory usage in Chrome. Of course if I check the Activity Monitor, Chrome is the energy hog out of the few programs I am currently running, but it's all relative to the moment.
  4. Animalk macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Montreal Canada
    Safari has been much more power efficient than Chrome for me over the last couple of years.
  5. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Chrome is definitely sucking power for me. It always comes up in the Apps Using Significant Energy.
  6. vraxtus macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    mine's definitely hitting my battery as i've used 10% in maybe 45 minutes
  7. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    Chrome still annoyingly forces the dGPU to be used even though it's not needed, which consequently will devour your battery life.

    I recommend installing gfxCardStatus and forcing it into iGPU-only mode if you want to use Chrome on battery power.
  8. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    What about those of us with Iris only? I have the 13" model.
  9. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    Hmmm... maybe turn the brightness down to zero and use some night vision goggles ;)

    I have no idea, to be honest.
  10. actuallyinaus, Oct 30, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013

    actuallyinaus macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2013
    you can see from that image pepper flash player is the main culprit, i suggest:
    using click-to-enable for flash objects;
    or don't use flash at all;
    or have two browsers one with flash and one without
  11. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Chrome is a battery hog on my rMBP. Safari is much more power efficient.
  12. alex.maxham macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    I've been finding the same thing here, and I've been using Chrome for years. I wish Google would fix it :(
  13. rex450se macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2011
    Independence, MO
    I've found that in what I browse on the web Safari is both more efficient with memory and less of a battery drain. I only use Chrome when I can't use Safari.

  14. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    As others have already said it's mostly the content, primarily Flash player and activation of the discrete GPU that causes chrome to drain the battery fast. It's not only on the mac, on both of the PC laptops in the house my girls flash based games and clubs suck the living daylights out of the battery in windows.

    I'm a Firefox user myself, mostly for the superior extensions and excellent sync, but on the MBP I run it without flash player installed and use a open in chrome extension to view flash based pages. I suggest you safari users remove flash player from system preferences and use a safari open in chrome extension, and chrome users use a flash blocker and as a lot of the drain is down to flash based ads use Adblock too.
  15. Liberty. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2008
    I don't have a discrete GPU in my rMBP 15,4 and Chrome still sucks up the battery quite badly. As high has 1% every 1-3 minutes.
  16. lokster macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2010
    chrome for mac iss a disappointment to me because it consistently uses a lot of resources and makes my macbook hot, on an average using chrome i run around 60C and above, sometimes 70C. but with safari i run a cool 55C on usage and even less when its idling.
  17. kfmfe04 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Although I prefer Chrome to Safari, my 2009 mbp runs noticeably hotter when using Chrome instead of Safari, sometimes enough to get the fans running.

    It's bad enough that I have begun switching over to Safari for most tasks.
  18. appleii.c macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2013
    For me Chrome uses up my battery quite a bit so I only use it when I need to visit a Flash based site. It could possibly be Flash since I notice some posters experience similar situations with Safari. I uninstalled Flash from my system so I use the built in one on Chrome when needed.

    Your battery drain might not necessarily be Chrome but some of the plugins.
  19. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Somebody mark this as the "answer" to this thread! (If only we could do that here.)
  20. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Or just use Click-to-Flash in Safari. I use Safari and Firefox if Safari won't work with a particular website, I don't need to use Chrome at all.
  21. Liberty. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2008
    I don't have a discrete GPU and already use a flash blocker. Chrome still drains by battery like crazy.

    There are better extensions in Chrome available that I use on a daily basis.
  22. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Then you are stuck with Chrome's poor resource usage - not all of which is just flash-related.
  23. jimmyco2008 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2014
    Yes, Chrome is a resource hog.

    When browsing with Chrome, OS X tells me I have about 4 hours of battery left, and my Macbook (13" rMBP) gets pretty hot.

    Currently I'm in Safari, and OS X says I have around 10 hours of battery left.

    If it truly is Flash behind all this, here's to an HTML5 video future. Seems to be the way things are going, anyway.
  24. Hansana macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2014

    Agreed. 10000% chrome sucks the battery and starts spinning the fans when running you tube videos. On battery.

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