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  • 390. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    ran6110 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK, here's what's going on...

    Just installed the update I got, did the reboot and the update to the keyboard happened. Now I put BRAND NEW Duracell Ultra batteries in both the 2 battery keyboard and the Magic Mouse re-connected the mouse to the system.

    Both are reporting 100% for their batteries.

    This was done at 2:20 PM Pacific Standard Time.

    We'll see how they worked next Saturday!
  • 391. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    Cinergy1111 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ran6110 wrote:
    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).




    yes, that's the update people have been talking about for the last few posts (ecublake)...

    Message was edited by: Cinergy1111
  • 392. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    the lowly peon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am running a Mac Mini on 10.6.2 with an early 2009 wireless keyboard and an early 2009 wireless mighty mouse (NOT the magic mouse). My keyboard functioned perfectly, as did my mouse, for almost a year. A few weeks ago, however, I noticed that the keyboard's batteries died very quickly. Did some research and found it's a well known problem.

    I installed the update a few weeks back (Feb 10), and now my keyboard batteries are dying even faster. I use rechargeable batteries, and they die after a couple of hours!

    If anyone has any ideas or other suggestions, please let me know. Since I started writing this post I lost 2% battery.

    Thanks!
  • 393. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    the lowly peon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I pulled the batteries out of the mighty mouse (which previously had no problems), then removed and re-added both devices to my bluetooth prefs pane. So far it's been stable for about 15 minutes. Hopefully that did it!
  • 394. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    Behrang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I also have battery problems with my keyboard, and I've not used my Might Mouse for months. OS X reports that my keyboard is charged only %74 when I insert three brand new Energizer 2450 mAh batteries into the keyboard. This is annoying! I've also lost a ton of non-rechargeable batteries in the past three months.
  • 395. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    autigers1970 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I just got my iMac about 16 days ago and today, the warning that the battery was low for both the keyboard and Magic Mouse (18%). I'm pretty sure that when I first hooked the iMac up to the internet, Software Update found a keyboard update and installed it.

    Is there another update or firmware upgrade I should be looking for that might fix it?
  • 396. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    autigers1970 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Replaced the batteries on this 5 days ago. Keyboard is still at 100%, but Magic Mouse is at 88%. This is crazy. And that's with turning the mouse off at night.
  • 397. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    autigers1970 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Update: almost 18 days later. Keyboard is still at 100%, Magic Mouse is at 64%. I do switch the MM off at night but the keyboard stays on.

    Ordered some Sanyo Eneloop rechargeables that I'll be using as soon as this pair is used up.
  • 398. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    StarTzar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The only thing magical about the apple Magic Mouse is how it makes batteries disappear.

    I disconnected the MM and reinstalled my two year old Logitech 2.4 GHz wireless mouse. The batteries in the logitech mouse last between six to eight months (depending on usage).
  • 399. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries - Solved
    dclayton Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I picked up one of these keyboards 3 days ago and by this afternoon it had got through 4 sets of batteries. So I took it back. As soon as I walked into the store, the manager asked if it was eating batteries. I said it was and he gave me a new keyboard. This one is fine. Still 100% after a few hours (the previous one would have been down to less than 20% by now.)

    Apparently the battery level indicator in the keyboards can be faulty and in fact the batteries are OK. I cannot test this because I threw them out, thinking they were dead.
  • 400. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries - Solved
    dclayton Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    After 24 hrs my battery level is still 100%. I think the error was indeed just a faulty level indicator and the batteries were not dead.
  • 401. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    autigers1970 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Got the Sanyo Eneloops and they seem to be doing well, though the battery charge level indicator is off. Fully charged they only register as being 66% charged. But no matter. They work and I'm not burning through batteries anymore.

    Keyboard's great. After all this time I'm still on that second set of regular batteries with an 88% charge.

    I wish Apple would come up with some kind of fix to make the battery level indicator correct when using rechargeables and to get this thing to power save better.
  • 402. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    Jonnymont Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the new iMac and this new mouse is pretty inefficient! the lithiums (the most powerful batteries in the AA range and also the most toxic to the environment) that came with the mouse lasted less than 2 weeks, now 0% and in the bin unless I bother to fork out $50 to get them recycled at some battery plant. Congrats Apple I'm sure your green image is going fine though due to your excellent marketing team.

    On a more positive note;Is there a solution?>
  • 403. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    vitlöek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    On a new iMac 27" i7, less than a week old i have already replaced two sets of batteries. I have the latest OS upgrade and keyboard firmware (showing as 0x50).
    I think the latest firmware made the problem worse. I have even installed new batteries, and they showed as 35% full!! I have removed the mighty mouse and used a logitech bluetooth mouse, left the iMac in sleep mode overnight, the KB batteries went from 100% to 87% with no use at all!!. So I am guessing i have a faulty KB, gonna replace it asap.
    Do you guys still face the problem after the firmware upgrade?
  • 404. Re: Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries
    AIDES Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry if this is a repeat.

    Make sure your using lithium batteries and not alkaline. Solved my problem
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