WebDriver - wait for element using Java

I’m looking for something similar to waitForElementPresent to check whether element is displayed before I click it. I thought this can be done by implicitWait, so I used the following:

driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(5, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

and then click by


Unfortunately, sometimes it waits for the element and sometimes not. I looked for a while and found this solution :

for (int second = 0;; second++) {
    if (second >= 10)
        fail("timeout : " + vName);
    try {
        if (driver.findElement(By.id(prop.getProperty(vName))).isDisplayed())
    } catch (Exception e) {
        writeToExcel("data.xls", e.toString(), parameters.currentTestRow, 46);

And it waited all right, but before timing out it had to wait 10 times 5, 50 seconds. A bit much. So I set the implicitly wait to 1sec and all seemed fine until now. Because now some things wait 10s before timeout but some other things time out after 1s.

How do you cover the waiting for element present/visible in your code?

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This is how I do it in my code.

WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(webDriver, timeoutInSeconds);


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