Firefox in Mountain Lion is draining my battery.
Hi. I've recently performed a clean install of Mountain Lion in my MBP. I noticed a quick degradation in my battery time and started to verify if it was due to some application. Sadly I noticed that FF 18 was causing that drainage. I switched to Safari 6 and immediately saw the impact on my battery estimated time. Final note: on both browsers I have installed plugins to stop flash animations from playing automatically and to block unwanted ads.
Has any one noticed the same behavior?
Additional System Details
- Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402
- iTunes Detector Plug-in
- Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 220.127.116.118
- Microsoft Lync 2010 Meeting Join Plug-in
- Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.9.2 for Mozilla browsers
- Google Update
- The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
- NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
- Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 18.104.22.1686
- Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.4
- ActiveTouch General Plugin Container Version 105
- DivX Plus Web Player version 22.214.171.124
- Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 126.96.36.1993
- DivX VOD Helper Plug-in
- The plug-in allows you to open and edit files using Microsoft Office applications
- Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers
- User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0
Have you compared the memory and processor consumption of both browsers? Maybe it's some add-on consuming more cycles than it should? Are you comparing them with the same amount of tabs and similar pages opened?
I'm using the same configuration as you do and I haven't noticed a particular degradation in the battery life.
Try to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox.
- Firefox > Preferences > Advanced > General > Browsing: "Use hardware acceleration when available"
Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.
See "Creating a profile":
If the new profile works then you can transfer some files from an existing profile to the new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files.
Hi. So, I tried turning off hardware acceleration and took a look at Activity Monitor. Firefox with only 1 tab with google search, same for Safari 6. CPU for FF 0,5% for Safari 0%. Threads: FF 28, Safari 18. Strange behaviour for a simple tab with google.com, right. Not to mention the RAM utilisation where Safari shows 175MB and FF 320MB. Should I try the profile test mentioned above? Thanks.
Yes, you can give a new profile a try if you can't find a cause in your current profile folder.
I tried the reset firefox option and apparently battery consumption seems normal. Thanks to everybody who helped.