Magic Mouse battery life

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jerwin, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    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.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    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.
  3. jerwin thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    Well, Ive had to change batteries twice, and I got it on the 23rd of May, so I'd say "less than a fortnight"
  4. rugmankc Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    I also use the highly rated Panasonic Eneloop. I get a month, but probably not a heavy user. I never turn mouse off.
  5. frankdogg macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2011
    Mid-Wilshire LA
    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.
  6. jerwin thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    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.
  7. HenryAZ macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    South Congress AZ
    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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