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Why is my IMac keyboard eating batteries?

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GMH61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 8, 2013 8:04 AM

I just had to replace my I Mac keyboard with a Logitech Solar because it ate so many batteries. We are an Apple family and I am extremely disappointed. Any thoughts?

iMac, iOS 6
  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 8:25 AM (in response to GMH61)

    I haven't experienced this with my keyboard however, my magic mouse eats through batteries fairly quickly.

     

    I got my Apple wireless keyboard back in September & have yet to change the batteries yet (costco brand)

     

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  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,495 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 8:53 AM (in response to GMH61)

    mine don't eat batteries very fast goes for both my magic pad and keyboard

     

    my ms touch gesture mouse at work on the other hand wow changed batteries 3 times since I got it in early december

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 9:46 AM (in response to GMH61)

    I guess they are all different. I went a long time without replacing batteries in a Magic trackpad or Magic Mouse, but the keyboard that came with the same computer as the mouse ate batteries faster. To boot, I never saw "80%" as in your screenie. My batteries reported 100 percent, then dropped to 50%, then died.

     

    The KB that came with our latest iMac that arrived on December 5 2012 does show a regular decline instead of the "stepped" one of the other board, but is already down to 68 percent in just over a month.

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  • BexWisedale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 18, 2014 9:26 AM (in response to GMH61)

    I just don't know what's up with my iMac keyboard. I've only had it since around November 2013, yet over the last few weeks, it has been playing up like a petulant toddler. It goes through phases of never wanting to connect, and I'm putting in new batterries DAILY. When I put in new batteries, I check the battery percentage and it's at 81%, just seconds after loading new batterries. Oddly enough, my Magic Mouse is lasting weeks longer than the keyboard in the battery department...

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Apr 18, 2014 9:30 AM (in response to GMH61)

    BTW you don't have to use an Apple Keyboard and when you bought you had the choice to get a wired keyboard. Personally I use a wired keyboard because I want the 10key pad and I also don't want to use batteries when I don't have to. I use rechargeables in my Magic Trackpad and they last about 6 weeks which seems fine to me. I keep a second set on-hand so when one sets dies I simply slip in the replacments and I'm running within a minute.

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