Magic Mouse Induction charger

Discussion in 'iMac' started by froll, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. froll macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    I've now had the Mobee induction charger for a few days and wanted to share my thoughts with you all. I got this because by MM was eating batteries like crazy. Although inserting the replacement battery cartridge wasn't as easy as it looks, after a few minutes of fiddling, it finally snapped into place and is just a hair short of being completely flush with the housing. This is not a problem and I found no difference in the feel. The induction charger plugs into a USB port and will remain active while the computer is in sleep mode. It utilizes NiMH batteries which have a lower voltage then alkaline so when fully charged OS X shows a 65-75% charge level. Mouse can sit in any position on the charger and there is an indicator light to tell you it's charging or fully charged. So far after a few days it's been great. Use without charging wears similar to alkaline; recharging seems relatively reasonable (although I can't give exact time since I put my baby on sleep and went down for dinner. When I returned, MM was fully charged) I'm pretty happy with this product since I won't be scrounging for batteries anytime soon. :):) (PS excuse quality of pictures. I used my blackberry)

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  2. mheidt macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2005
    If it wouldn't be so expensive.
    I have 2MM und would have to pay 80EUR.
    I can get a lot of rechargable batteries for that money.
    I have to switch every second month. Not worth the money in my case.
    30EUR and 15 for each battery pack would make me weak :)
  3. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    For half the price I bought the Apple battery charger and six batteries. In my opinion, much beter value for money and my keyboard is maintained as well plus no extra wires on the desktop! :)
  4. spcdust macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    London, UK
    Alternatively just buy a charger from Maplins, supplied with 4 x batteries and costs £6.99. What's the difference? It doesn't have an Apple logo on it which seems to translate in being able charge a premium for what is a basic product.

    By the way, thanks for the OP's opinions on the induction charger - at least this is a sexier product, albeit slightly overpriced, but if it resolves a problem for you then fair enough.
  5. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I did the same thing. Pretty sure they arent that much of a mark up as well, considering they are eneloops.
  6. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    I use the 'Varta 15 minute charge and go' battery system for everything from my mouse and key board to my camera and wii remotes. It was relatively expensive at $40 AU for the charger and two batteries plus $16 AU for each set of four batteries you want to add on but the 15 minutes charge time can't be beat.

    I haven't had my iMac long enough to say how long they will last in the MM but I used to change them once every two months in my logitech mouse.
  7. froll thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008

    Update: I've now been using this charger for about 6 weeks. I know the comments about the cost and using rechargeable batteries at half the cost, but honestly, what a pleasure it's been to never have my mouse die of power or have to remember to charge batteries. Every once and a while I put the mouse on the induction charger. If you can swallow the $50 price tag, you should get a great deal of convenience. Kind of surprised Apple didn't come up with this one - like building an induction charger into the stand.
  8. theory macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Ashland, Oregon
    I bought one directly from them and received it fairly promptly. It didn't work, so I fiddled with it for about a half hour. Finally I got the little green light on the mouse to come on, but once I got it to work, it losses power about every 5-10 minutes. I have contacted them several times over the past four weeks and have heard nothing back from them as of yet. So far, the product sucks AND the service sucks, If I do eventually hear back from them, I will post it here. It's a good thing there is NO PHONE # anywhere on their site... otherwise I would be calling them up and bitching.... A LOT. That's a ton of $$ for a battery!
  9. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i long avoided the magic mouse because of the ridiculous power consumption not to mention the overall design , but as soon as this induction charger came on the market i ordered a Magic mouse and the induction charger , god is that great , it works perfect , no worries any more about empty batteries using it now since 4 weeks and totally happy about the induction charger

    ok still not getting used to the magic mouse , either i get cramps in my fingers or i click and tap all over the screen without sense , maybe another couple month to get used to handling the mouse without having to amputate some unnecessary fingers to operate it
  10. froll thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    While I don't have the issue of discharge loss as you stated, I do agree that service response time sucks. I wrote to them several times about what appeared to be a failure to reflect refreshed battery level after charging. I figured out on my own that you needed to turn the mouse off then on again in order to show the current battery level. Ironically, only after I figured it out did the company respond with the same info about turning the mouse off and on. I think these folks have a great product but really need to work on their customer service.
  11. Doxology macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2012
    I realize this is going to be a resurrection BUT I think it should be said that the small app MagicPref can adjust the areas that are touch activated. I currently have it set so ONLY the middle part of the Magic Mouse can achieve a scroll, while touching just above the Apple logo will launch Mission Control. Check it out... lots of customization!
  12. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I'm sticking with Eneloops.....Got so many now I never run out!...Looks good though.

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