Battery saver in the Opera browser: Extend your laptop battery life

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Battery saver in the Opera browser: Extend your laptop battery life

Does your laptop run out of power too soon? We know this is a common concern, and that’s why we’ve added a unique battery saver feature to the Opera browser. It extends your laptop battery life by up to an hour, letting you browse longer without a charger.

Browse up to an hour longer

Browse up to an hour longer

According to our tests, the Opera browser runs up to 35% longer with the battery saver on, compared to other browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Depending on your laptop model, this might give you an extra hour of browsing away from a power outlet.

You can find more info about our testing below.

How to enable the battery saver feature in Opera

How to enable the battery saver feature in Opera

To keep things simple, we've placed the battery saver icon right next to the search and address field. You'll see it when your laptop's power cable is unplugged. Click it and flip the switch to activate the battery saver.

And, whenever your battery goes down to 20%, we will give you a nudge to switch the battery saver on and enter power saving mode.

How the battery saver works

Except for the prompt to turn the feature on, most of the power saving magic happens in the background. For example, when the battery saver is on, it reduces activity in the background tabs, automatically pauses plug-ins you don’t need and pauses browser theme animations until you can charge the laptop. So, you can still enjoy Opera’s speed and functionality at their best!

More about our test methodology

The benchmark test was conducted in June 2016 on a Lenovo Yoga 500, 14″, i3-5005U, 4GB, 500GB HDD, Win 10 using the balanced power profile. We ran Opera developer version 39.0.2248.0 with the native ad blocker and battery saver enabled, Microsoft Edge version 25.10586.0.0 and Google Chrome version 51.0.2704.103. We loaded nine popular websites,including YouTube in separate tabs and simulated scrolling activity in a loop. For a detailed, step-by-step description of the test, check out our desktop team’s blog post .

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