How long does the battery last for the wireless keyboard and the magic mouse ?

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  1. bo-waleed macrumors 6502

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    do you use the imac a lot ?

    do you think it is better to have usb keyboard and mouse ?
     
  2. MacHamster68, Feb 24, 2011
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    sorry i am the first ,and i am a old fashioned grumpy old man and as such i still prefer wires everywhere , so for me there is no question but a answer :USB just because i'm to lazy to stockpile batteries to keep the keyboard working

    but at least for the magic mouse you get a inductive charger
    http://geekbeat.tv/magiccharger/
    if you get the magic mouse get that charger , if you dont want to search for batteries in the middle of work all the time as some of these magic mice eat batteries for lunch some even in a less then two weekly interval , dont know what apple was thinking when they did build a device like a mouse that needs battery changes so often , a bit counterproductive in apples going green department


    just in comparison my microsoft arc mouse (old model with scrollwheel) from microsoft needs only a battery change every 4-6 month , my mouse is in constant use nearly 24/7 with only small rests and last time i changed the batteries was i think mid /end of october , so i guess in about the first week march the little window will come up to warn me about low battery and gives me roughly 2 weeks to prepare myself to get some charged ones

    i mean 3 month should be a absolute minimum for batteries to last in such devices , better would still be if you could have the option of making them usb , which should not be all that tricky for apple to manage , i mean usb cables are ready available just would need a plug on the device , so you could enjoy both worlds wireless if you sit on the other end of your room , or to show of your mates a cable free desk , but if you need to work plug in the cable and keep on working undisturbed by a low battery , and charging would work too that way, but again its just me who thinks economical , because batteries even rechargeable ones cost money, plus for the later you need a charger too and you need a set of charged ones ready if you want to continue working
     
  3. rmitchell248 macrumors 6502

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    not imac but mac pro and I am on it 8-12 hours everyday and the batteries last about 5-6 months. You get plenty of warning when your batteries are low so if you mess up that it is certainly not the technology's fault :)

    Right now my Keyboard tells me on every power up of the computer that its batteries are low. It started 2 weeks ago at 20% and now has 15%. It is as simple as clicking the bluetooth icon in the menu bar to see what level your batteries are at. Right now my mouse is 44% and keyboard 15% I think I changed to these ones in October. I will run them until they are 100% dead.

    I love the wireless, I wish the keyboard was the full size though. I absolutely hate wires and hope to never have a wired keyboard again.
     
  4. bo-waleed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    you changed them 4 months ago,right ?

    is your mouse the magic mouse ?

    i read somewhere that you have to change the battery every 2 weeks.
     
  5. RiceKilla macrumors member

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    I've had my iMac for over a month, the keyboard is still at 100% battery level, and the mouse I changed last week.

    Looks like once a month for the magic mouse give or take.
     
  6. bo-waleed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    really ? that's bad.

    i hope apple replace the magic mouse for another mouse.
     
  7. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    "Mystic Mouse"? Lol
     
  8. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    the question how long the batteries will last depends not only on the device itself , but on the batteries too , you get some that hold more charge then others and therefor last longer and cost more , same for chargers some are more efficient then others
     
  9. biggd macrumors 6502

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    +10 points for lack of sarcasm
     
  10. RiceKilla macrumors member

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    I was told by another magic mouse user that theirs lasts a month give or take.

    Either way this is on the factory provided batteries, so we'll see what happens with the next battery on the mouse.
     
  11. John T macrumors 68020

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    My Magic Mouse and iMac, purchased Sept 1010, are on 24/7. They go to sleep overnight and when not in use during the day.

    Wireless Keyboard still using original batteries and at 57% charge.
    Apple rechargeable batteries replaced in Magic Mouse at 4-5 week intervals.
     
  12. mattg3 macrumors 6502

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    My problem is i use rechargables and every time i put charged pair in my mouse it only give me a 56 percent charged reading.Ive tried three different chargers and batteries and its always the same.Am i doing something wrong?
     
  13. John T macrumors 68020

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    That's not unusual. It's how long they last that's important. :)
     
  14. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I think the good high power rechargeable batteries (Ni-MH) are really meant for power hungry devices such as cameras and toys. Putting them in a slow draining device ruins them in the long run.
     
  15. GoDuke1 macrumors member

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    My iMac was put into use the end of December 2010. I used the supplied batteries in the Keyboard and Magic mouse. Keyboard has over 70% left, and the magic mouse batteries needed replacing after 6 weeks. I power off the iMac at night.

    I'm using re-chargeable batteries now.
     

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