My Magic Mouse and Keyboard run out of batteries FAST!

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  1. iHavequestions macrumors regular

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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...
     
  2. sunnyj macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  3. iHavequestions thread starter macrumors regular

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    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...
     
  4. Fastsavage macrumors member

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    You would think if you are asking for help you'd be a little more polite....

    Hard to give accurate answers without all the info
     
  5. costabunny macrumors 68020

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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.
     
  6. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    Do you mean Zinc-Carbons? They are "regular" batteries and would indeed have a short life. Alkaline would last longer.

    If you are using rechargeables, what mAh are they? You should be looking at AA with around 2400-2800mAh and AAA with 800-1100mAh.
     
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    :):):)
    :apple::eek::cool::D
     
  8. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  9. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same issue, replaced them with the logitech equivilant, batteries last 3 months now :cool:
     
  10. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  11. leon771 macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  12. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  13. telequest macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  14. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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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!
     
  15. hfg macrumors 68040

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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
     
  16. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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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..
     
  17. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    The Eneloops in my keyboard typically lasts at least two months. The Eneloops in my Magic mouse last maybe about 3-4 weeks.
     
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