My magic mouse drains battery way faster then my keyboard?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ronaldcastillo, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. ronaldcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    I just got my iMac on Tuesday and my Magic Mouse percentage is at 87% compared to my Keyboard which is still at 100%. I do leave both on, and don't turn them off. Should I turn them off when I'm done using it?
     
  2. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Isn't it likely that you are using the Magic mouse a lot more than your keyboard?
     
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    Keyboard dynamically underpowers itself when the keys aren't being punched, so the differences in average battery life (1month for mouse, 4 months for keyboard) are pretty severe.

    Barring any type of professional writing job, chances are you use the mouse way more than the keyboard.
     
  4. jw3571 macrumors regular

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    My keyboard batteries drain after 3 days? Do I have some setting turned on that isn't turning the keyboard off?
     
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    There may be a firmware update for your keyboard that never got applied.
     
  6. mlblacy macrumors 6502

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    do yourself a favor...

    Your battery use seems high, however the mouse does seem to chew through batteries at a quick rate, especially when compared to the keyboards. Buy yourself a set of Sanyo Eneloops, or the new Apple branded rechargeables (which are probably Eneloops anyway). Amazon usually has the best pricing, and Costco carries them too. While there was some kvetching about the Apple pricing it isn't really off the mark.

    The batteries are awesome, they do NOT discharge when they are not being used, like most batteries and especially the rechargeables. I have an extra set so I always have a fresh pair ready.

    If I am working constantly I can have to replace the batteries in as little as 10 days, although a month is about average. Keyboard lasts about 3 times longer...

    cheers,
    michael
     
  7. GyroFX macrumors 6502

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    another thumbs up for eneloop. I've been using Eneloop batteries for over 2 yrs now in various devices and it's always holding charges. I haven't used it in my magic mouse yet but the battery that came with it is now down to 39%, 14 days later. I'm sure the eneloops will fair much better.
     

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