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Magic Mouse causing keyboard battery drain?

updated 11:55 am EST, Fri December 4, 2009

Batteries running dry at unusually fast rates

The Magic Mouse may be behind rapid battery drain on Apple's wireless keyboards, support forum complaints suggest. The keyboards are typically said to last several months on a single set of batteries, but after installing a Magic Mouse, battery life may shrink down to a span of two to three weeks or less. In extreme cases, users may have to replace batteries every week.

The source of the depletion is uncertain, as while Apple is in some cases replacing keyboards, it has yet to publicly acknowledge the problem or offer a remedy. It is believed however that the Magic Mouse may be preventing keyboards from sleeping properly, leaving their Bluetooth transmitters constantly active. A stopgap solution involves simply removing the batteries whenever a keyboard is left alone for several hours.

An alternate solution may involve buying the absolute latest wireless keyboard, which is said to have better power management, and depend on just two AA batteries instead of an earlier three.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bryanlyle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Keyboard - Same problem

    Thinking that my keyboard had gone belly up, I purchased a new keyboard (that requires two batteries). The new keyboard eats batteries just as fast.

    Not sure it it was 10.6.2 or the Magic Mouse drivers that were installed (before 10.6.2 was available) that did it, but one of these two updates killed my battery life.

    Wake up Apple.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wired Version

    Okay.. Not for nothing. I purchased this mouse to give to my father who thought he'd like it. It turns out he wasn't as crazy about it as the current mouse he had so he sent it back to me. I've been using this with my wired keyboard so this doesn't effect me. I know there are people who love using wireless products but this is my only complaint about it. Please release a wired version of this mouse. Not EVERYONE likes to buy batteries every month. FYI.. My batteries lasted a month and a week. So much for the whole 3 month thing! I finally purchased rechargeable batteries but the cost of this battery is more than a wired one. This is "Thinking Green"?

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like it but...

    I have a Magic Mouse with a wired keyboard, and I too wish they'd make it in a wired version. For the most part, I like the mouse, but wish it was a bit taller to fit the palm of your hand. I'm not used to wireless mice, so I often forget to turn it on when I turn the computer on.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I noticed this too

    And am using rechargeable batteries until there is some firmware or software fix.

  1. chas_m



    Not a big deal.

    Yes, annoying QC bug. Yes, you should be using rechargeable batteries (as should everyone).

    Problem can and will be fixed in software asap.

    So, not a huge deal really.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Not a big deal

    Yes, not a big deal, if it does get fixed (or even acknowledged) by Apple, whenever that is.

    Assuming that it can and will be fixed asap is giving Apple too much credit. They, at times, let problems fester for months before getting around to fixing them,.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wired version...

    wired version with support for earlier OS & computer models, thanks!

    - A

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