Opera Browser Boasts Stingy Power Saver Mode, Extends Battery Life 50 Percent Compared To Chrome
"We are the first major browser to include a dedicated power saving mode, designed to extend your laptop battery life by up to 50 percent compared with, for example, Google Chrome. Depending on your type of hardware, it can mean several hours more browsing before you need to recharge your laptop," Opera Software states in a blog post.
That's no small claim, but how can a browser affect battery life to such a degree? When you enable power saving mode—a battery icon appears next to the search and address field when the laptop is unplugged—Opera makes a series of optimizations intended to put less strain on the notebook.
Naturally the actual impact on battery life will depend on how you use your system. Opera Software acknowledges that, but also says that it focused on a solution that wouldn't just work in clean lab conditions, but in real world scenarios as well.
Source: Opera Software
"It took us quite some time to normalize our test environments, but still the challenge was to be able to repeat the tests multiple times in order to get statistically meaningful results. Draining battery fully takes time, recharging takes time as well. Therefore, we have been working on estimating battery lifetime from shorter tests that we can do now with a pretty high degree of confidence," Opera Software added.
You can test the power saver feature yourself by downloading the latest developer version of Opera. If you do, we hope you'll disable Opera's built-in (and automatically enabled) ad blocker for sites you support, like this one.