Internet Explorer 8 Extends Laptop Battery Life

by Klaus on November 21, 2009

in Green Tech

internet_explorer_8_logoWho would have thought, there’s actually something that Internet Explorer 8 does better than the other browsers :)

When it comes to battery life on your laptop, surfing with Internet Explorer 8 is likely to provide you with 8% more minutes for surfing than if using Firefox 3.5.2. Safari 4 in Windows is the worst combination giving only 184 minutes of surf time in the tests done by Anandtech where Internet Explorer 8 comes in at 227 minutes.

Firefox with the AdBlock plugin installed will come close to IE8, with 222 minutes, ahead of Chrome and Opera 9.64. Take away AdBlock and Firefox goes below both Chrome and Opera.

The conclusion by Anandtech seems to be that Internet Explorer 8 looks to be a good balance of features, performance and battery life.

I, for one, are not going to start using Internet Explorer to get more browsing time for the following reasons:

  1. I rarely use the battery in my laptop anyway. Which reminds me, I should probably soon calibrate my battery.
  2. I’m too addicted to all my Firefox add-ons.
  3. I’m on a Mac, so Internet Explorer 8 is not the best choice of browser for me.

What about you, would you consider switching to Internet Explorer 8 in order to save more power or what browser are you currently using & why? Leave a comment below!

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Sandesh November 21, 2009 at 17:47

IE may extent the battery life but its the slowest of the browsers.

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Klaus @ TechPatio November 21, 2009 at 21:26

That’s true :)
(or, I like to believe it is)

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DiTesco November 21, 2009 at 19:33

That’s new to me. I thought that it was completely the opposite. I use FireFox and I am never going back to IE8, unless they come up with a IE9 that will make me fall in love again, regardless if it saves me more battery life or not. In my equation, I loose more time with IE8 than FireFox when browsing, so what good is having more battery time?
.-= DiTesco´s last blog ..Blog Engage: A Blogging Community That Pays Off =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio November 21, 2009 at 21:27

I didn’t bother, yet, to check out the videos available on IE9. But I hope, for the sake of PC users that just browse with the standard browser, that IE9 will be better than previous versions. IE8 is definitely better than IE7, but I still don’t think it’s as good as Firefox.

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Christie November 21, 2009 at 21:09

Hah – Sandesh and DiTesco you beat me to it. :) I was going to say that sure, IE may allow you a little more time with your battery, but if you’re browsing with IE, you’re gonna NEED it!
.-= Christie´s last blog ..Quiet! Trying to think here! =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio November 21, 2009 at 21:29

I’m glad to report that 54% of my readers use Firefox, 23% Safari and 12% Internet Explorer. Safari is surely scoring that high cause I have some Apple-related posts that gets quite a lot of traffic.

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Kiran November 22, 2009 at 03:35

Interesting. But not enough to deter me from using my fav, Firefox :)

If I need to extend my laptop battery life, I would just plug in the cord into power supply. Certainly not give up my Firefox and the addons! One tip that was given to me a long time ago by a tech support is to not plug your power adapter 24 7 into your laptop. First purchase, power it up for 24 hours for full charge. After that, only recharge when it’s required. Never over-recharge or keep the hardware on a charging mode all the time.
.-= Kiran´s last blog ..I needed a break from =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio November 22, 2009 at 20:36

Good call Kiran, stick with Firefox, I like that :)

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Phaoloo November 22, 2009 at 05:00

I hate IE though still keep it on my computer to test web designs and for some apps use IE engine to show web content. Agree that it’s quite slow, prefer Firefox and Opera.
.-= Phaoloo´s last blog ..Auslogics Antivirus: Comprehensive Anti-virus And Anti-spyware Protection =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio November 22, 2009 at 20:36

I have IE in my Windows installation as well, but it always takes forever to boot because of all the Windows updates all the time, since it can easily be a few weeks between each boot.

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Alan @ Basin Glass Co. November 22, 2009 at 06:34

I use Linux so Firefox is my best option (I can’t use IE) but whne I had a mac or Windows I didn’t use it either; actually I havent used it for about 6 or 7 years (whenever it was that Safari came out). I just became tired of all the problems it had: CSS wouldn’t load properly and it was open to so many viruses and vulnerabilities. Firefox plugins are amazing too so the 8% of battery life doesn’t really justify using IE.

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Klaus @ TechPatio November 22, 2009 at 20:37

Let’s hope that IE9 will bring Internet Explorer “back into the game” so that we don’t have to take special care for IE browsers when doing our web development.

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Sunny Bhasin November 22, 2009 at 19:04

Hi Klaus :) :)
As you are also addicted to Firefox Addons , same prob is with me also ;)
I use Flock Browser which also supports these addons , so what would you like to say about Flock??? :) :)
.-= Sunny Bhasin´s last blog ..Go Green with Your Wordpress Blog =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio November 22, 2009 at 20:38

Hi Sunny,

I’m afraid I don’t know Flock :( It sounds familar to me, but I haven’t tried it I’m afraid.

I tried to use Safari as my main browser once, it went well for a few weeks, loved how fast it was compared to Firefox. But eventually, I missed my Firefox plugins too much and switched back to Firefox again.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..iPhone Free Week: Warm-up To My “iPhone Replaced By Tattoo”-Experiment =-.

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Michael Aulia November 23, 2009 at 00:53

I don’t understand how using a different browser can actually extend the battery life O_O … is it the colouring? lol
.-= Michael Aulia´s last blog ..Be secure with Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 =-.

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neo November 23, 2009 at 11:55

tats good from mircosoft but will it make a difference? .. probably we can have this as a secondary browser ,might come in handy wen the battery level is low.
.-= neo´s last blog .. =-.

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