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

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
 

slu

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AA.

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

skye12

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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.
 

tkermit

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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).
 

cesko

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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 :)
 

knewsom

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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.
 

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.
 

thibaulthalpern

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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
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.
 

Wotan31

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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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