Magic Mouse battery life

jerwin

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Hi, I picked up an iMac retina the Saturday before Memorial day, and although it's an improvement over my old iMac 9,1 in every respect, the magic mouse eats batteries. Any suggestions on a long term solution?

I'm using it on a white desk, if the problem is related to the mouse not going to sleep. I had a mouse pad, but the feel of the mouse gliding over the roughened surface was all wrong, so I started using the mouse without the pad.
 

Weaselboy

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How long are your batteries lasting? I'm a very heavy user and get a couple weeks or so out of a set. I bought some of the Panasonic Eneloop rechargeables and just use those now.
 

jerwin

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Well, Ive had to change batteries twice, and I got it on the 23rd of May, so I'd say "less than a fortnight"
 

rugmankc

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I also use the highly rated Panasonic Eneloop. I get a month, but probably not a heavy user. I never turn mouse off.
 

frankdogg

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i use my mouse to game (not the greatest mouse for gaming but I'm not serious about it) and it last a good couple of weeks, maybe longer?

if its not going to sleep b/c of the desk color, i would look into a gaming mouse pad. those are very thin w/ a great surface feel. check em out maybe at a local best buy or frys.
 

jerwin

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OK. I'll look into a gaming pad. Ask for gaming with this mouse-- I tried booting up some of my old games (Call of Duty II) and seeing how absurd they looked in 5k--and the touch to scroll functionality really threw me off.
No, I didn't want to switch to smoke grenades!

I suppose it will take some editing of my settings files.
 

HenryAZ

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It just depends on your usage. Use Eneloop batteries. On my main desktop machine, the batteries last 1 week to 10 days. For my MacBook Pro, which while it is on my desk it has a MM, otherwise trackpad for mobile, they'll go a month or two or three.
 
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