What type of batteries are best for Magic Mouse and Wireless keyboard.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jaybar, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. jaybar macrumors 6502a

    jaybar

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    I just got an old style aple wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse. What type of batteries are best when I need to replace them? Are recharegeable ones better? This is the first time I am using wireless.

    Thanks

    Jay
     
  2. slu macrumors 68000

    slu

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    AA.

    In all seriousness, I use regular alkaline. I don't like the hassel of rechargables.
     
  3. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    Just buy a rechargeable package with included batteries. Longterm they really are easy and do save you a lot of money vs buying batteries.

    Hassle?=insert batteries into recharger and plug into wall. I find it pretty easy.
     
  4. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    I can only reiterate my recent praise for Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries. They are truly great and will spare you the hassle that ordinary rechargeable batteries can sometimes give you.

    (No I don't sell them :p).
     
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...if you go rechargeable, make sure you get double what you need so one set can always be charged and ready when the other needs charging...
     
  6. cesko macrumors newbie

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    Guys what would you recommend for rechargeables specifically mAh rating?
    I'm using Panasonic's R2 rated at 2050 and am getting 3 days worth only. Upon installing a fresh pair the indicator never shows (even when using a mighty mouse) 100%; it starts out at 75% or 4 out of 5 boxes with Leopard's old Battery Level indicator ;)
    Would higher-rated batteries offer more time between replacements?
    TIA :)
     
  7. knewsom macrumors 6502a

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    wow, only 3 days? More mAH is better.

    Maybe NiMH is a bad battery type for this sort of application. If you want little waste, maybe Lithium would be the way to go.
     
  8. tkermit macrumors 68030

    tkermit

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    The Eneloops are only rated at 2000mAH and the battery level indicator also starts out at about 75% (iirc). Still, with the Mighty Mouse they lasted for about a month with normal, daily usage. 3 days seems really short.
     
  9. thibaulthalpern macrumors regular

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    The best rechargeable batteries to use is low self-discharge NiMH batteries.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_self-discharge_NiMH_battery

    These are fairly new so if you can't find them, regular NiMH batteries would be still better than NiCAD.
     
  10. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

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    Rechargable. I use them for everything. Modern NiMH are really great, not at all like the awful NiCD batteries of the 80's and 90's.
     

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