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iHavequestions

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 23, 2011
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Is it common to run out of battery in two weeks? Don't tell me you have to shut the mouse off everyday...
 

iHavequestions

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 23, 2011
206
3
How often do you use the mouse and keyboard? What batteries are you using? Next time time give us more information in your initial post.
Regular batteries. Daily use for about 2 hours a day... I guess the fact that you have to even ask answers my question. Most other mice and keyboard these days lasts for months under heavy use...
 
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costabunny

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May 15, 2008
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well my keyboard and mouse are still running the same batteries I put in them in January this year. I use the Ultra Lithiums from Eveready.

Admittedly I don't use them all the time (I hate that Fn key) and I do use the mouse about 50% (I also have a G500).

Still lively after all this time. I think the magic mouse is the best on power use I have ever seen in a wireless mouse.
 
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inselstudent

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Jul 27, 2012
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I use an apple keyboard and a Magic Trackpad and both last me several months. I do turn them off at night, that is I try. The trackpad's battery meter is broken though, and always shows about 50% of the actual charge. That one drove me crazy at first until I'd figured it out. ha. According to google quite a few other people have similar problems.
 
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Dark Dragoon

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Jul 28, 2006
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UK
If you are using rechargeables, what mAh are they? You should be looking at AA with around 2400-2800mAh and AAA with 800-1100mAh.

Need to be a little bit careful there, many of the higher capacity rechargeables will run down a lot faster than the more modern lower capacity cells that are low self discharge. I used to own some high capacity NiMH cells but they tended to run out very quickly even when I wasn't using them. Nowadays I just tend to use standard Eneloop (2000mAh AA) cells in most of my devices.

I do own some Eneloop XX (2500mAh AA) LSD cells as well, but unfortunately they don't fit well in the Magic Mouse. So you have to be careful there too.


With that said my Magic Mouse using standard Eneloops under heavy use tends to last around 2-3 weeks, my Apple keyboard lasts a few months-half a year.
 
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leon771

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Sep 17, 2011
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Australia
My Magic Mouse and Keyboard run out of batteries FAST!

Daily use of Magic Mouse for 6-8h a day at work last me around 2-3 weeks. I use Eneloops.

I have a Mac Mini HTPC and the keyboard and trackpad on that last 4-6 months. They are left on all the time, but barely get used as once I'm watching something I do f need to touch them again.
 
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nebo1ss

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Jun 2, 2010
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I use regular non-rechargeable batteries. Use both devices everyday never switch off and easily get year or more of use.
 
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telequest

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Feb 1, 2010
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NJ
Gave up on wireless

I had a similar problem of short-lived batteries on my Apple wireless mouse a while back. Keyboard lasted longer. But the Bluetooth connection to my MP was always crappy and would drop the connection about once a day. Maybe a bad Bluetooth connection forces it to use up battery power? Plus the wireless mouse was so fragile that 2 died due to dropping from my desk to the floor. So I've gone back to wired mouse/keyboard.
 
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gavinstubbs09

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Feb 17, 2013
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Here is my experience with it. My Mac Pro has a USB Bluetooth dongle and my Keyboard works just fine and lasts for a long time. My MM on the other hand, dies out like every week. Just bought new rechargeables that I'll throw in the MM the next time it dies. My backup mouse that is stashed behind the monitor is a normal apple mouse which comes in handy quite often!
 
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hfg

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Dec 1, 2006
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Get some "low self-discharge" Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries. The Apple rechargeable batteries with 2 cell charger seem to be similar. They work great in the Magic Mouse, wireless keyboard, and Magic Trackpad.

Mobee also makes a rechargeable battery pack for the Magic Mouse with a inductive charging platform you set the mouse on at night.

http://www.mobeetechnology.com/the-magic-charger.html
 
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Gav Mack

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Jun 15, 2008
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I use a mixture of eneloops and the apple cells which are really eneloops in Cupertino wrapping paper. Lasts normally a couple of months minimum with me being the heaviest user, and I have 3 magic mice, Magic Trackpad and two wireless keyboards. The keyboards seem to last much longer than the rodents..
 
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