CES: Cutting the Magic Mouse Power Cord

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LAS VEGAS — Apple’s Magic Mouse connects wirelessly to your computer via Bluetooth, and two companies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are making it easy to recharge the pointing device’s batteries without any cords, too.

Magic Mouse induction charging, Artwizz-style

Artwizz and Mobee are both offering induction-based recharger kits for the Magic Mouse, which save users from relying on disposable batteries, and there’s no need to swap batteries out — unlike Apple’s own rechargeable battery kit. Both company’s products include a charging pad and a custom battery pack that replaces the disposables that the Magic Mouse ships with.

Induction charging uses an electromagnetic field to recharge specially outfitted batteries without requiring any wires to transfer the power into the cells. Since the batteries don’t need to be removed from the device for recharging, users can simply set their Magic Mouse on the induction plate when they aren’t using it, and pick it back up when it’s time to get some work done.

The Artwizz induction charger uses the stock battery compartment cover plate that ships with the Magic Mouse, and Mobee’s Magic Charger battery includes it’s own custom replacement battery compartment cover. Both charging plates sport indicator lights to show when your mouse is fully charged and ready to use, and use standard USB connections for power.

Mobee’s Magic Mouse induction charger

Mobee also offers battery packs without the induction charging plate. “College students wanted to share a charging plate in their dorms,” a Mobee spokesperson told The Mac Observer.

Indiction chargers aren’t new to CES, but most don’t match the aesthetics of Apple’s products. Artwizz and Mobee, however, are taking an already cool technology and giving it a look that fits well with your iMac or MacBook.

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Comments

MyRightEye

Still needs a cord to the charging platform, so I see no real point.

Lee Dronick

Still needs a cord to the charging platform, so I see no real point

I guess you could put the charger on credenza, side table someplace out of the way. However, you have a point and I have enough umbilicals on my desktop.

As to swapping out rechargeable batteries. Does anyone else find the battery compartment cover on the Magic Mouse to be not quite the right design?

b0wz3r

Getting the battery cover off can be a bit of a hassle, but it’s not that big of a deal.

The point of this device is to make it easier to use rechargeable batteries with the mouse.  Never mind the induction plate has a cord, again, just place it somewhere nearby and out of the way but still easy to get to.  This seems like a great product, because the touch based magic mouse is incredibly power hungry and chews through a pair of AA’s in only a handful of weeks.

I’ve been using rechargeable cells in all my devices for more than two years now and see no reason to go back to anything else.  The new low self discharge nimh batteries that are out now are head and shoulder above the older ni-cad and even nimh cells from just a couple of years ago.

The only reason I even have disposable batteries around anymore is for emergency preparedness, and even then, I only stock the new lithium batteries rather than alkaline cells.  Alkaline technology is as outdated now days as the floppy drive.

Lee Dronick

Getting the battery cover off can be a bit of a hassle, but it?s not that big of a deal.

Right, getting the cover off is not a big deal, but I wrestle with getting it back on. It doesn’t seem to be a “snappy” lock.

b0wz3r

Different strokes…  getting it back on is no problem for me… just make sure the tab at the top of the plate (front of the mouse) is seated properly, and press down on the bottom until the latch sets.  Works for me every time; my issue is always getting the dang latch to open up in the first place, then getting a fingernail under it to pry it off.

That being said, while it is a nice looking device, it’s a $5 solution to a $.05 problem.

Right, getting the cover off is not a big deal, but I wrestle with getting it back on. It doesn?t seem to be a ?snappy? lock.

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