Opera wants to help you browse the web for even longer on your MacBook. The latest developer version of its OS X web browser includes a new power saving mode that drains less energy when you’re on the move and need all the battery life you can get.
According to Opera, the new feature makes a massive difference. In comparison with earlier versions of its browser, and rival Google Chrome, it can extend battery life by up to 50 percent, adding up to three hours of additional use in between laptop charges.
“It’s extremely frustrating to run out of battery on your computer, whether you are out traveling, watching videos, or you have just left your charger behind,” says Opera’s Krystian Kolondra. “Our new power saving mode will nudge you when the laptop starts to consume battery, and, when enabled, it can increase the battery life by up to three hours.”
It should be noted that Opera did its testing on a Lenovo X250 powered by Windows 10. That means your mileage could be different on a MacBook, but given how efficient Apple’s laptops already are, we’d expect to see similar results.
You can activate power saving mode by clicking the battery icon that will appear alongside the address bar whenever your notebook is unplugged from its charger. If you forget to activate it, Opera will prompt you to do so when your laptop battery gets low.
When it’s active, power saving mode reduces activity in background tabs, redraws pages less frequently, and optimizes video playback. You may notice a slight impact on performance, then, but that’s a small price to pay for an additional three hours of battery life on the road.
Opera’s power saving mode comes just three weeks after it rolled out built-in VPN, which is free and unlimited. However, power saving mode is currently only available in the developer version — not the primary release — so you’ll need to download that to enjoy it right away.
Power saving mode should make its way into the final Opera build soon — providing there are no substantial bugs that need to be ironed out.