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    I am getting a message that the Mouse Batteries are low but its still at 14%

    At what point should I change them and is it ok to use until it reaches 0%

    May sound like a silly question but not sure if running it right down will do any damage. They are the batteries that came with it and not rechargeable ones.

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    The Magic Mouse will simply stop working when it runs out of juice.

    Just make sure you have got some charged up rechargeable batteries ready when it does
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    Um, if they're not rechargeable then why wouldn't you run them down until they're dead? It's not going to have an effect on the mouse its self, and when they are dead, you throw them away. The question is, why aren't you using rechargeable batteries in this day and age? They save you tons of money and are much better for the environment (if you care).

    Get yourself an 4 pack of Sanyo Eneloops and a decent charger (NOT the one which they sometimes sell with the Eneloops OR the one from Apple those are quick chargers which lessen the life span of batteries by charging too fast causing excessive heat) from Amazon.com. The Eneloops are the same batteries which Apple uses now (they're re-branded by Apple) and last a long time per charge and in terms of their life span.

    There's no memory effect with them either, so you can charge them when ever you want. Though every once in a while it's good to cycle them. And a good charger will do that for you. Look at this article:

    The Best Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers Of 2010 >> MetaEfficient Reviews

    I happen to own that first charger you see, the LaCrosse. Love it. It actually also comes with 8 batteries. 4AA and 4AAA They're alright, but not nearly as good as the Eneloops. $40 at Amazon. And no, I don't work for either company. Wish I did !

    Doug

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    Thanks guys I just wasnt sure if letting it run down to 0% would cause any problems.

    I am used to warning messages on computers usually meaning things (Windows overhang I know) and as I kept getting messages thought I better check.

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    Mine started getting the warning at 18% last night. Like others have said, run it till it stops responding.

    It will hurt nothing except you if you are in the middle of something when it does die!

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    And as a suggestion use Energizer Lithium. Re-chargable batteries just do not last alas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    And as a suggestion use Energizer Lithium. Re-chargable batteries just do not last alas.
    Dude, the rechargeable's that came with my charger (LaCrosse) have been at it for over two years now and last a pretty long time on a charge. My Eneloops are also over two years old and have been used to power an Canon bridge camera, as well as mice and my Apple bluetooth keyboard. They're still as good as the day I bought them!

    I also just bought a fresh set of Eneloops because I now own the Magic Trackpad. Not sure of where you got that info, but it's false, sir. You might have had a bad experience, but it's also likely that you bought shoddy batteries.

    So, you can waste money on pack after pack of batteries for two years+, and I'll just keep charging and saving money. It's your choice, but IMO not a very good one.

    Doug

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