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persol19 Calculating status...
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Nov 12, 2009 1:34 AM
I have a year old wireless apple keyboard (the small aluminum one) and lately it has been eating batteries.
This did not happen before I installed snow leopard however that might not be the cause.

Is anyone else having these problems?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Persol
MBP 15" 2.2 Santa Rosa, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Nov 12, 2009 5:48 AM (in response to persol19)
    Hello p:

    One of my two BT keyboards is doing the same thing - very little use, but using lots of battery power. That one is attached to a G5 running OS X 10.5.8 so OS X 10.6 is not the cause.

    Candidly, I have ignored the issue as I use rechargeable batteries (2650 mAh Duracells) and a 15 minute recharger (both quite reasonable new on eBay). I have a drawer full of rechargeable batteries so I am never more than 15 minutes from replacement. Rechargeable batteries do not last as long as Lithium ones (voltage difference, I think), but that makes no difference to me.

    Barry
    iMac 20" 2.4 Ghz Intel-based/2 GB, iMac 17" 1.8 Ghz G5/1 GB, DSL, Firewire HDs, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • ReLu Calculating status...
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    Nov 16, 2009 5:40 AM (in response to persol19)
    Hello Persol

    I have the same problem on two BT keyboards (on a PowerBook and MacBook Pro respectively) since I updated the driver in order to use Apples new mouse.
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
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    Nov 16, 2009 6:02 AM (in response to persol19)
    Yes, I have had this problem and no, it shouldn't happen.

    As Barry mentioned you can use rechargeable batteries, or better yet, have it repaired/replaced under warranty or AppleCare.

    Message was edited by: DaddyPaycheck
    A collection of clinking, clanking, clattering caliginous junk., Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, PDP11
  • bjsully Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2009 8:55 AM (in response to persol19)
    I also have experienced this problem. I have a wireless aluminum keyboard (short style) that has been eating batteries since I upgraded to Snow Leopard. Two sets of batteries (six) since the upgrade. I also noticed my wireless mighty mouse also using batteries. I have since gone to the new magic mouse, so we will see if the new mouse has an appetite.
    iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 20", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • NI3LS Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2009 12:11 PM (in response to ReLu)
    Same here.

    Updated to the new Magic Mouse Software and the battery life is shorter from both!

    10.6.2 doesn't resolve it!
    Apple iMac Mid '07, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 20" 2,4 Ghz 4GB RAM
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    Nov 18, 2009 5:19 PM (in response to persol19)
    I can't exactly pin point when this started happening but it was either after a keyboard firmware update or the installation of the new driver for my magic mouse. But I barely use my keyboard and had the same batteries in it for over 6 months. Now since one of these update (2 to 3 weeks ago) I have had to replace the batteries twice, with no more than 30 minutes of usage a day.

    Hopefully Apple can get the ball rolling on a fix.
    ALG4, Core Duo Mac Mini, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • NI3LS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 19, 2009 7:57 AM (in response to persol19)
    I'm using rechargeable batteries for over six months now. No problems at all.

    It seems a lack in the Software Update for the Magic Mouse/Wireless Keyboard.

    The Magic Mouse does work much longer than the keyboard, with the same batteries.

    Apple, resolve this, please, can't work with this!
    Apple iMac Mid '07, Mac OS X (10.5), 20" 2,4 Ghz 4GB RAM
  • ShadowX Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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    Nov 19, 2009 9:36 AM (in response to persol19)
    I'm having the same issue. I picked up a Magic Mouse right when they became available. At the time, I was using my USB keyboard but I also had the short aluminum (3 battery) bluetooth keyboard in my closet. Since my new mouse is wireless I decided to start using the BT keyboard as well to go all wireless. Since then, the batteries in the mouse have been fine and still report 75% charge but the batteries in my keyboard have needed to be replaced 3 times already. I'm using normal Energizer batteries (not rechargeables). I do use the keyboard quite a bit (probably 8 hours a day) but I remember when I used this keyboard in the past the batteries lasted for many months, not the few days they are lasting now. I put in new batteries in the keyboard yesterday and today I see it is reporting only a 77% charge already.

    I am running Snow Leopard on a Mac Pro.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • jaynewt Calculating status...
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    Nov 19, 2009 6:16 PM (in response to ShadowX)
    Exactly the same issue here, since upgrading to the Magic mouse my batteries are being gobbled up. I replaced them just last night and today they are down to 68%. So much for apple being green! Apple please fix this now!
    Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • coreygs Calculating status...
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    Nov 19, 2009 7:29 PM (in response to persol19)
    I am having this exact problem going through about a set of AAs every week on my keyboard. Started happening about the same time I got the new magic mouse. Hope apple releases an update soon to fix this...
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • ashtonskye Calculating status...
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    Nov 19, 2009 8:56 PM (in response to persol19)
    after upgrading to 10.6 and purchase of a mighty mouse, my never used 3 battery apple wireless keyboard goes dead in two weeks time
    a pair of mini's, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • youngcr Calculating status...
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    Nov 20, 2009 3:51 AM (in response to persol19)
    Seeing the same issue, keyboard batteries lasting little less than 2 weeks now. Was a couple months prior to Snow Leopard.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • BayouTiger Calculating status...
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    Nov 20, 2009 4:50 AM (in response to persol19)
    Add me to this list since adding the Mighty Mouse I have been through 4 sets of batteries.
    Mac Pro, Mini, Macbook Pro 17Penryn, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
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