Mobee Magic Charger for Apple Magic Mouse: Less Magical than Rechargeable Batteries
July 25th, 2011
After releasing the Magic Bar charger for Apple’s wireless keyboard and trackpad, Mobee continues their war on (disposable) batteries with the Magic Charger, which uses inductive charging to wirelessly charge the Magic Mouse, using a base station that is, uhm, wired to your computer’s USB port.
Undoubtedly the best thing about the Magic Charger is its look. That plus its ease of use makes it fit right in with other Apple products. The Magic Charger comes with Mobee’s custom battery pack that also replaces the battery cover on the bottom of the Magic Mouse.
I see a missed opportunity with the Magic Charger. I think Mobee should have made the base station significantly wider so that it could double as a mousepad, enabling you to use the mouse while it’s charging, especially since it takes five hours before the batteries are fully charged. You could leave the mouse on the charger overnight, but isn’t it more convenient to use rechargeable batteries instead? That way you’d still save money, reduce waste and you’ll be able to use the mouse as soon as you replace the batteries. But that’s just me.
If you’d like to partake of the magic of inductive charging, you can order the Magic Charger from Mobee’s online shop for $50 (USD). The battery pack is good for 500 cycles or about 3,000 hours of use, if Mobee’s 6-hour run time per charge is to be believed. Additional battery packs cost $30 each.
[via Bless This Stuff]