Two Safari Extensions to Improve Battery Life

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  1. southerndoc macrumors 65816

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    I was annoyed with CNN's automatic video playback, so I installed Click to Flash and AdBlock Safari extensions.

    Since doing so, I'm consistently getting 7-9 hours of web surfing with my rMB 1.3 with Mail running in the background.

    For those of you wanting more battery life and who use your computer mainly doing web surfing, look into something that will block Flash and HTML5 video.
     
  2. lchlch macrumors 6502a

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    At this point I wouldn't recommend Adblock.

    uBlock is much better because its uses less resources.
     
  3. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    I don't have Flash installed and those stupid CNN video still automatically play. I'll have to look at Adblock.

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    Wow, websites are almost usable again with blocker. :cool:
     
  4. mikeray macrumors regular

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    Safari has flash blocking functionality built in, you don't even need an extension.
     
  5. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Really? Where?
     
  6. southerndoc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's hit or miss.

    Click2Flash also blocks HTML5 videos.

    Haven't seen any unusual resource utilization with AdBlock. Is UBlock more efficient?
     
  7. lchlch macrumors 6502a

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    uBlock is lighter on the cpu if compared to Adblock.
     
  8. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Also far less Ram usage :)

    Q-6
     
  9. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow — I'd been using AdBlock for years and had never heard of uBlock. So far a couple of problematic pages seem to load faster while everything is still blocked as before with AdBlock.

    Thanks for the suggestion!
     
  10. cookies! macrumors 6502

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    In my personal experience, Adblock is much, much faster. uBlock delays the loading of websites for me by 1-2 seconds. I also tried AdGuard, and I found that it added no delay, but didn't take up as many resources as Adblock or uBlock.

    I don't know if my experience is typical or not, but it seems that there are some issues with uBlock.
     
  11. mikeray macrumors regular

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    Preferences > Security tab > Internet plug-ins section

    you can disable all internet plugins by unchecking the "Allow Plugins" checkbox, click the "Website Settings" button for more granular control over what websites if any can use what plugins, whether to ask each time for permission, etc.

    ymmv but it has all I need to block flash on all but a few choice websites (And no I'm not interested in blocking HTML5 video).
     
  12. headcase macrumors 6502

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    It probably varies by website, but in my experience, uBlock is consistently fastest. I was using AdBlock Plus for a long time, but it caused some long loading delays with certain pages, like ESPN.
     
  13. thewusman macrumors regular

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    Another vote for uBlock being the fastest.
     
  14. thadoggfather Suspended

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    im a ublock fan too.

    used ad block in the past

    on my jailbroken devices i use minimal hosts blocker
     
  15. fisherking macrumors 601

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    ublock seems faster (than adblock) here too...
     
  16. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

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    AdBlock plus is also selling ad pass through. So it will block less on sites that pay for their ads to be displayed.
     

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