Is your Magic Mouse battery sub-par?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by appleguy123, Nov 6, 2009.

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Are you getting the expected battery life on your Magic Mouse?

  1. Yes

    16 vote(s)
    28.1%
  2. No but I am okay with it.

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    33.3%
  3. No and I am pissed off!

    22 vote(s)
    38.6%
  1. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    At 81% after 12 hours of use. How are yours?
     

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  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    80% in a little over week's use (the original alkalines). Not sure of hour total, but it's been used everyday. Also, never turned off. I'm on my computer off and on all day, but I wouldn't say heavy usage - mostly email and surfing.
     
  3. Swagfndr macrumors newbie

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    87% after 5 days of heavy use. Not sure if that is bad or good.
     
  4. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Apple claims these last 4 months of 8 hour days. Apple on their site says four months the 8 hours come from a Q&A page.
     
  5. KidMoe85 macrumors member

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    I've had mine for 3 days and I'm down to 87%. I remember when I first bought my Mighty Mouse, it stayed at 100% for over a month. Once it started to decrease, it drained quickly though but overall I think the included batteries lasted about 2 1/2 months. They stated 4 months for the Magic Mouse but at the current rate, this thing won't last more than a month.
     
  6. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I wish Apple would make real world battery claims (also a product that your fingers won't scratch up).
     
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I'm pretty sure the original Might Mouse came with lithium cells. They have a MUCH longer life than alkaline.

    But, I agree, you might not get the 4 months. Another poster said that's based on 8 hours/day. There are still a lot of variables, though. If you're working for 8 hours on a text doc, you might be using the mouse less than if you were doing graphics. I can easily see a 2x difference in usage habits.

    I guess we'll see how the Magic Mouse does over the next weeks and months to come. I expect it to be roughly the same as the Mighty Mouse.
     
  8. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    Mine is still at 100% after a day and a half of heavy usage. And yes the Mighty Mouse did come with Energizer lithium batteries, was kind of disappointed that the Magic Mouse didn't come with them.

    I will probably end up buying rechargeable batteries for my keyboard and mouse. Unfortunately I have the first-gen aluminum keyboard which takes 3 batteries so for both I will need 5 batteries and last I checked they only come in 4 and 8 packs.
     
  9. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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    74% after a weeks worth of work. Probably average use is 10 hours a day. I'm behind on a project :)
     
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    81% after 8 days.

    As soon as the "free" batteries are done I'll put in my NiMH rechargeables, they last a lot longer per charge than disposables.
     
  12. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    The next Apple Wireless Mouse should have a mousepad that would charge it inductively. Would you buy that?
     
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  14. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    Charges? No. A mousepad that powered the mouse (with disposable batteries for when it's off the pad) would be much better. I don't need another device with a built-in battery that needs to be replaced at the store.
     
  15. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    *runs to patent office*
     
  16. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    *When you get there sadly you will discover that I went there last week* :D
     
  17. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I had the idea for a few months but then I found someone had already done it. I can't find the link right now but it exists.
     
  18. iPhilPHX macrumors regular

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    Original Energizers that came with the mouse. 95% after 20 hours of fairly heavy use. I imagine I'll look into rechargeable ones soon, but overall very happy with this thing.
     
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  20. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    Here's one website that I found that has a wireless mouse charged by induction. BatteryFree Mouse
    Another cool device is the PowerMat.

    Also my Magic Mouse battery is at 93% and I have had it since Thursday afternoon.

    I really love your signature btw!!! It is awesome.
     
  21. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah , too bad I had to abbreviate it almost past the point of recognition.
     
  22. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    Maybe, but I can't say I'd be real crazy about running a wire to the mouse pad. As much as Apple goes on about being so "green", not only am I surprised that they used standard batteries (and not a dock), but also that they included disposable alkaline batteries.
     
  23. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I can kinda see that the mousepad idea would kinda destroy the purpose of the "wireless" aspect of the mouse.
     
  24. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    What would be great is if they did the same as Logitech did with at least one of their bluetooth mouse/keyboard combos. Provide a charging dock for the mouse, the Logitech dock also doubled as a bluetooth receiver but that is not needed though would be nice for older Macs that did not come with bluetooth.

    I would not be a fan of a wire running to the mouse pad as that would defeat the purpose of a wireless mouse for a desktop. Which is to remove the clutter. Personally I am happy with a wired setup and will not switch until they are no longer available.
     
  25. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    The wire would run to your wall not your mac.
     

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