Apple Wireless Keyboard Batteries

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Terong, May 14, 2014.

  1. Terong macrumors newbie

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    Out of interest - has anyone got a iMac with wireless k/b and mouse ?

    My other half has one and is having to change the batteries about once a week which seems crazy to me?

    I've not done much digging yet but it doesn't sound good.


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  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    My keyboard lasted about 3 months of regular use. The magic mouse about 1 month, my Razor Orochi about a week. I use Sanyo Enloop rechargeables. I also use an excellent NiMH charger a MH-C9000

    Gotta say on a stationery device like an iMac a wired keyboard is a good option.
     
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    If the better half turning them off when not in use? How many hours per day are they being actively used. It takes me all of 1 minute to swap out the batteries in my wireless and put the dead batteries into the wall changer....what is the problem?


    Agreed. For my rMBP I have wired keyboard connected via the ATD. No need for a wireless version. Neither the keyboard nor the mouse go on field trips with me.
     
  4. MacTCE macrumors 6502

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    Mileage definitely depends on usage. I've got the wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse and I turn them off every night before I go to bed and both of mine since to last about month before I need to change batteries. If you're not already I would pick up a Eneloop pack with the charger. Problem solved.
     
  5. Rob.G macrumors 6502

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    I use the wireless kb and trackpad with my Mini, and over the last month or so, it's been going through batteries pretty quickly... like maybe every two weeks. I do use it almost all day everyday (work from home) but still. It didn't used to be this bad.

    Rob
     
  6. phositadc macrumors 6502

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    Lol you realize you can buy wireless mice and keyboards on amazon that literally last over a year on a single aa battery? Logitech, Microsoft, even a cheap brand named Anker all have good products that last and last and last.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    My mouse (no keyboard) lasts months on a single battery, it gets used every day.

    I'm not sure why you're seeing such poor performance with the keyboard. Perhaps its defective in manner.
     
  8. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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    The keyboard should last for months. I put regular batteries in the keyboard since it lasts a long time, but use the Apple rechargeable batteries for the trackpad and magic mouse.
     
  9. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    I use wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad on multiple computers. Used to use Energizer Lithium AA batteries with very long life - many months between changes, but still the cost added up.

    I've since switched to rechargeable; some Duracell DuraLock and some Eneloop. I am probably getting no more than a month on a charge on the mice & trackpads - longer maybe on keyboards - but it's no big deal to switch, there is always a fresh pair in the charger so it takes all of 30 seconds.
     

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