Apple's Battery Charger Sets New Standby Usage Benchmark

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    One of Apple's more interesting product announcements today was its Apple Battery Charger, designed to keep the company's increasing array of wireless peripheral devices powered up. While we briefly mentioned the release in our coverage of Apple's new Magic Trackpad that utilizes the rechargeable AA batteries Apple is now offering along with the charger, the batteries and charger themselves bear some closer examination.


    Apple touts that its new battery charger carries the industry's lowest "vampire draw", a measure of power consumed while not actively in use for its intended purpose.
    The company also points to the AA batteries themselves, which are designed to maintain a full charge through hundreds of charge cycles and last up to ten years. The batteries also maintain their charge while simply sitting in a drawer, retaining up to 80% of their charge after a year on the shelf. Six of the NiMH AA batteries are included with the charger.

    As is to be expected, the Apple Battery Charger offers traditional Apple styling, offering the same rounded white plastic design as other power devices from the company, while also utilizing the same removable plug with fold-up prongs to allow for interchanging adapter fittings.

    Article Link: Apple's Battery Charger Sets New Standby Usage Benchmark
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
  3. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    So far my 4 year old RadioShack battery charger has done a great job. In the past five months is gets a lot of use recharging my Magic Mouse batteries every 3 weeks :eek:
  4. xtend macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2009
    who's lining up to get the charger? i'm pump'd :D

    finally an apple designed charger.. :)
  5. 314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    I am in the queue. I ordered two today for our iMacs here.
  6. memanta82 macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    They're great! My mouse feels more snappy. If you know what I mean.
  7. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    If I didn't have my BC-700 I probably would have gotten this, though they really are seperate products. The maha/la crosse chargers are more like Cell Maintenance Suites instead of chargers lol
  8. vista.john macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    sounds really interesting... can't wait to test it out!
  9. ellsworth macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2007
    Bravo.. I really like my Sanyo Eneloops... so I'm hoping Apple Batteries are at that level...
  10. sevimli macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
  11. GabooN macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    Windsor, Ontario
    So the battery cells themselves are like Eneloops? I have a few Duracell batteries that are rebranded eneloops and I'm liking them so far. How much will apple be charging for batteries though?

    *edit* oop, you meantioned eneloops above me as I was typing it out :p
  12. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
  13. MvdM macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    A wired version of the Magic Trackpad uses even less power, is cheaper to produce and will always work. Apple should go greener.
  14. dpruitt macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2010
    Just like Apple

    It's just like Apple to take something simple and make it even better. Way to go, Apple!
  15. iGod 2.0 macrumors regular

    May 4, 2009
  16. HiVolt macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    Batteries themselves have no Apple branding. They're probably just OEM'd Sanyo Eneloops, which wouldn't be bad as I have lots of them and they work GREAT. I have a set in my camera bag and when I need to use the flash, they've never failed, even after sitting for months.
  17. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2008
    So... what kind of batteries can it charge? And can it be plugged into all frequencies and voltages with the appropriate plug adaptor?
  18. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    I actually think this is one of Apple more innovative things, albeit small.

    This could actually be really helpful compared to some of the other battery chargers out there. Not to mention it comes with a decent number of batteries — and they're saying a lifespan of 10 years!

    And in the very least, they're at least better than those iPod Socks :)

    EDIT: The iPod Socks have a rating of 4 1/2 stars. I guess I eat my words.
  19. spazzcat macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    Every 3 weeks, what the heck are you doing? I am just getting ready to change my for the first time. I got my MM on day one.
  20. toddybody Guest


    May 13, 2010
    On Mars, thinking about my father...
    Maybe Apple should figure out how to make a better electric car too. But, then again, it would be frustrating if your house didnt have their proprietary wall plugs and garage size. Darn it.
  21. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
    I was thinking the same thing. Love those little white batteries.
  22. Tones2 macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    You know you're on a fanboy site when there is this much excitement about a friggin' BATTERY CHARGER! :rolleyes:

    Actually, it'd be a lot nicer if the batteries were re-chargeable within the devices THEMSELVES.

  23. Simsonic macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Cardiff by the Sea

    "Your my boy, Apple, your my boy"

    This company is so ********** innovative......
  24. Goldfrapp macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    Out of today's announcements, I'm mostly excited about the charger.

    Q: Are those batteries Apple-branded too?
  25. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    This beats my Powerex MH-C9000 how? Oh yeah, it does not. I don't see cycling, break-in, or refresh and analyze. At best, this is something that you can get at Wal-Mart for 10$.

    As to the vampire pull... I unplug mine when done with it and usually put it into my Pelican case. Is it that hard to unplug them when not in use? :rolleyes:

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