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Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries

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  • combi Calculating status...
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    Feb 9, 2010 1:42 AM (in response to persol19)
    Hi!

    I`m using the wireless apple bt keyboard (the small aluminum one, three batteries), and the "normal" bt-mighty-mouse.

    Just installed the Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1 to solve the battery eating of the keyboard.

    But - no change after installing the update (yes, it's installed - checked via profiler). Yesterday 11:58 100%, 19:19, 81 %, today 10:21 64 %. It's a mess...

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
    Manfred

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  • AppleZilla Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)
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    Feb 9, 2010 12:34 PM (in response to persol19)
    Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse still eating batteries like crazy. No change after update.

    I am averaging a set of batteries every month. I think these devices were designed by the battery industry.

    Why can't Apple build in their own rechargeable battery technology like my MBP? It runs like a champ.
    16GB White iPhone 3G+3.06GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro 8GB - 500GB@7200 - Antiglare -, Mac OS X (10.6), - I want .mac back as an email option for MobileMe.
  • treywylie Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2010 6:36 AM (in response to persol19)
    Been running with the firmware update now for a couple of weeks. Battery drain has been put back to pre Magic Mouse levels. I am now losing less than 1% per day on my 3 cell keyboard. I was replacing batteries weekly prior to the firmware update.
  • N*A*F*O*D Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2010 1:56 PM (in response to andyman2)
    I just applied the new update for the 2009 wireless keyboards. Fingers crossed, let's hope it works.
    15" C2D SR Macbook Pro , 3.0 GHz Mac Pro early 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4GB Memory MacBook Pro / 12GB Mac Pro 30" ACD
  • ecublake Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2010 2:57 PM (in response to persol19)
    Thank you Apple!
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  • Warren Beasley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 10, 2010 9:35 PM (in response to persol19)
    I don't know exactly what this keyboard firmware update does, but prior to installing it, after three weeks of use, my 2-battery aluminum keyboard battery level stood at 100%. This is with the original Energizer batteries that came with it. After applying the update, the battery level continues to remain at 100%. The firmware version changed from 68 to 80.

    On the other hand, the original Energizer batteries in my Magic Mouse gave out after 18 days. I am now on the second pair.

    Obviously, I am getting much better mileage on the keyboard than I am on the Magic Mouse.
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  • old john Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2010 1:57 AM (in response to Warren Beasley)
    Warren: Popped new rechargeable batteries in on 2-9-10 with a reading of 98%. It has dropped in two days to 73%. Hope they do something for this Magic Mouse soon or I will have to plug in my old mouse, and I love this new one.
    iMac 27", 2.8GHz Core i7, 8GB, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • swiftflo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2010 4:13 AM (in response to Warren Beasley)
    I thought this update was only for the 3 battery KB.
    iMac 21.5", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • ecublake Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2010 6:27 AM (in response to old john)
    They released an updated firmware for the 2009 - 2 Battery Wireless Keyboard yesterday. So the issue should be pretty much resolved. There may still be a few people who are having an issue with the 3 battery keyboards, that the last update on Jan. 26th didn't fix. I don't have a 2007 model, so I can't confirm.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Carol Asplund Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 11, 2010 11:55 AM (in response to persol19)
    I just ran the 2/10/10 update for the 2009 wireless keyboard and the battery level went from 46% prior to the update to 81% after the update. I have used this keyboard since the first week of December and changed the batteries once so did not have any big issues with it. Hope the battery life improves with the mouse because that is where the battery drain is a problem....maybe because I use it all of the time. It certainly promotes learning keyboard shortcuts.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Warren Beasley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2010 4:42 PM (in response to old john)
    old john wrote:
    Warren: Popped new rechargeable batteries in on 2-9-10 with a reading of 98%. It has dropped in two days to 73%. Hope they do something for this Magic Mouse soon or I will have to plug in my old mouse, and I love this new one.


    Hi John. Can you please specify? Did you place the new batteries in your 2-battery 2009 aluminum keyboard, or in your Magic Mouse?

    Also, have you installed the just-released 2009 aluminum keyboard firmware update?

    As I noted earlier, I've been getting excellent mileage on my 2-battery keyboard. We still stand at 100% after 20 days of usage.

    On the other hand, the Magic Mouse has been sucking up the battery power. It dropped to 20% by day number 18 of using the original Energizer batteries that came with it, so I put in some 11-year-old Duracells a few days ago. Not surprisingly, the Magic Mouse battery power level now stands at 79%.

    It would seem that Apple now needs to work on finding a way to improve the battery consumption of the Magic Mouse . . . if that is even possible. As they say, YMMV, depending on whether you are more of a mouse person, or a keyboard shortcuts person. I am kind of a mix, leaning more towards being a mouser.
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  • old john Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:41 AM (in response to Warren Beasley)
    Warren .. just the Magic Mouse is battery powered. Went out and bought a separate plug in Aluminum keyboard so that I did not have to deal with that issue so the latest update will not help in that regard.

    As you said Apple needs to come out with an update that works on the Magic Mouse to restore some of its magic. Since new batteries were put in the Mouse February 9th it has dropped from 98% to 62% ... and that is not good.

    Thanks
    iMac 27", 2.8GHz Core i7, 8GB, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Warren Beasley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2010 4:38 AM (in response to old john)
    Hello Old John,

    Yes, I would agree that that is a big drop in battery power in only three days.

    About how many hours a day do you spend on your computer...if you care to share that information? Some of us spend so much time on our machines that we are embarrassed to share it publicly. I probably spend 12-14 hours on mine.
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  • old john Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:07 PM (in response to Warren Beasley)
    I spend about six hours a day on and off putting the computer to sleep when I am not on here otherwise I doubt the Magic Mouse batteries would last as long as they have been (14 days since the first of the year before they are recharged again).

    Hope Apple provides a fix soon. Thanks for asking.



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  • ran6110 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:17 PM (in response to persol19)
    Hey, just found an update waiting for me to install that's called the

    Name : 2009 Keyboard Firmware Update
    Version 1.0
    Size 953KB

    The note is

    This firmware update improves battery performance of the 2009 Aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other bluetooth devices (eg. Magic Mouse, some bluetooth headsets).
    mac mini, 27" iMac, still have a running iBook G3!, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Lots of memory and plenty of HD space!
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