Apple Bluetooth Mouse Battery Life

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  1. wirelessimports macrumors member

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    I Just switched from PC to mac and yes, i feel like an idiot now that I know I was wrong all these years.

    I ended up with a Mac Mini fully loaded (minus DVD-R) and a beauitful 20" display which I am seriously thinking of upgrading to the 23" soon.

    But my question to all of you is this... I got it a little under a month ago and well the battery life on the keyboard is 3 out of 5 bars of life. The mouse just hit 2 out of 5 bars, but heres the catch, ive already replaced the batteries on the mouse like not even 2 weeks ago and the keyboard i still havent replaced.

    Im sure the light on the mouse must have something to do with it but I used to use the MS wireless mouse and the battery on that lasted me months before I had to change them.

    I just wanted to know, did I get a lemon for a mouse or are the rest of you who own the apple bluetooth mouse having the same issue?

    Thanks in advance from a new mac lover!
     
  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

    Chaszmyr

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    I've never used one of Apple's, but mice are notorious for eating batteries. If you get yourself one of those rechargeable battery sets (they frequently come with 4 batteries and a charger), you will probably save yourself money in the long-run.
     
  3. Sly macrumors 6502

    Sly

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    When you’re not using the mouse turn it off by sliding the little plastic cover over the light on the bottom. I get about 4 months out of my batteries this way.
     
  4. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a

    rtdgoldfish

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    I've had my Mac Mini with wireless keyboard/mouse for almost three weeks now and the batteries are both still full. I usually turn off the mouse when I'm not using it but the keyboard is left on all the time.
     
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Not necessary. The LED goes dark when the Mac is put to sleep. I get about 6-8 weeks from a pair of alkaline cells. I used Ni-MH rechargeables for a while but they don't last nearly as long because they only put out 1.25 volts fully charged.
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    agreed, the battery type does make all the difference when it comes to this

    i do use recharables, but considering their charge life i think i will be switching to a different type of battery

    the keyboard life is great, i get a few months easily between changes, and i usually go about a month and a half with the mouse

    i turn neither off at night either, so i know i could conserve a bit more power with em if i wanted to by putting my mac to sleep
     
  7. aafuss1 macrumors 68000

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    I have a Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse and its batteries last me around 6 months (just like what Microsoft says)-a bit longer than the Apple wireless mouse might.
     
  8. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

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    well, that thing basically shuts its self off after 5 seconds of inactivity anyway...

    on a good pair of alkaline batteries, I get 2 months on my mouse. now that im on rechargables, im getting a little bit less.
     
  9. rikers_mailbox macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have a cat? Besides the obvious cat-playing-with-mouse pun, my cat constantly jumps onto my desk and knocks around my stuff. He wakes my iMac up all the time. . . what a pest! :)

    I just picked up a Apple wireless keyboard myself and stopped at Target to get a set of rechargeable batteries. I think it will be worth it in the long run.

    -r
     
  10. wirelessimports thread starter macrumors member

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    who knows, i just bought 40 AA duracell batteries off ebay for $10, that should be plenty.

    Anyone know if the Microsoft BT mouse will work with Macs?
     

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