Two Safari Extensions to Improve Battery Life

southerndoc

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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.
 

lchlch

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Mar 12, 2015
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At this point I wouldn't recommend Adblock.

uBlock is much better because its uses less resources.
 

bcaslis

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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:
 

southerndoc

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Safari has flash blocking functionality built in, you don't even need an extension.
It's hit or miss.

Click2Flash also blocks HTML5 videos.

Haven't seen any unusual resource utilization with AdBlock. Is UBlock more efficient?
 

ksmith80209

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Aug 15, 2007
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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!
 

cookies!

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Jul 3, 2011
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At this point I wouldn't recommend Adblock.

uBlock is much better because its uses less resources.
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.
 

mikeray

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Jan 17, 2006
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Really? Where?
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).
 

headcase

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Jul 4, 2007
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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.
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.
 

thewusman

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Aug 8, 2013
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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.
Another vote for uBlock being the fastest.
 

thadoggfather

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im a ublock fan too.

used ad block in the past

on my jailbroken devices i use minimal hosts blocker
 
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