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Small but perfectly-formed,
This review is from: Apple Battery Charger and Batteries (Accessory)
First of all, this thing is small. Nice and small. It can only charge 1-2 batteries at a time, making it compact and ultra-portable. It's a shame that Apple couldn't fit a USB port on it so that all your power needs were taken care of with one little device, but that's a different matter.
It comes with 6 low self-discharge NiMH batteries. These are a newish type of battery that come pre-charged and hold their charge better than traditional rechargeables (there's speculation that the Apple batteries are actually rebranded Sanyo Eneloops). Inserted into my Magic Mouse, a pair showed a charge level of 60% out of the box. After a couple hours' charging (until fully charged), they showed 89%. I believe this is common with rechargeable batteries; only disposables go to 100%. A full charge from flat takes at least 5 hours according to the quick start guide.
The 6 batteries provided are intended to power the Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard that come as standard with all iMacs nowadays (with a spare pair for change-over). Unfortunately, this leaves those people with a Magic Trackpad in addition to a Magic Mouse, or one of the older keyboards that takes 3 batteries rather than 2, out in the cold. Having to purchase extra batteries is an irritation, and Apple so far hasn't made their own batteries available to buy separately. Other brands of NiMHs will work okay, but it's unclear how this might affect the charger's much-vaunted very low "vampire draw" (the level of energy that continues to be drawn after the batteries are fully charged).
If 6 batteries doesn't cut it for you, I'd suggest going with something like the Duracell CEF23-UK - External battery pack + battery charger - 2-6 hr - 4xAA/AAA - included batteries: 4 x AA type NiMH together with an extra set of 4 AAs instead. Otherwise, this small but perfectly-formed unit will take care of your input devices' power needs for a long time to come.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2010 11:05:58 BDT
I was looking for additional Apple batteries after buying the charger + 2 battery pack. Now I know that this isn't possile I'll look elsewhere. The Apple batteries are great so I'll try the mentioned Sanyo Eneloops.
Posted on 22 Dec 2010 21:28:48 GMT
Oliver Hayden says:
Good review, but I have the Trackpad and it only requires two batteries.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2011 16:38:46 GMT
I have a Magic Trackpad too. I use it with a Magic Mouse, which is what I meant by the need for extra batteries.
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