What Dead Wireless Keyboard Batteries Tell

Apple Wireless Keyboard

It has been more than 2 weeks but not 3 weeks since my new iMac Quad Core 2.8 GHz arrived. As I wrote a couple of times before, the Apple Wireless Keyboard (Aluminum Model) that comes with the latest lines of iMac models is a total, useless piece of junk. (See Screenshot 1.) It doesn’t have some keys like Delete (not backspace), Home, End, Pageup… The worst part is that it has no numeric keypad. And that is not it.

Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 1 – Source: MacHouse
  Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 2 – Source: MacHouse

A few days ago, I was going to use this new iMac though my main machine is still iMac Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz. As soon as iMac Quad Core 2.8 GHz was up, I created a new folder. And I was going to rename it. But the keyboard was not responding. Opening Bluetooth Preference Pane, I discovered that Bluetooth did not recognize the keyboard. (See Screenshot 2.) And I said to myself, “Okay, so is the wireless keyboard already broken or what?” It was possible that the batteries in it were dead. In fact, if I put the batteries from Apple Wireless Mouse in, the keyboard got connected. So the batteries that were used with the keyboard for just 2 weeks are really dead? How? And I put a pair of rechargeable batteries in, and the keyboard worked. If I put the first pair in, the keyboard loses Bluetooth connection. This keyboard, which I call Apple Wireless Kidboard, really drives me crazy.  

In order to see if the first pair of batteries is dead or alive, I used Logitech‘s software. I put it in Logitech’s Wireless Mouse M505 to see the remaining battery level. It looks like the batteries are dead. (See Screenshot 3.) Logitech Control Center also tells me that the batteries that were used with Apple Wireless Mouse are 70% full. (See Screenshot 4.)

Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 3 – Source: MacHouse
  Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 4 – Source: MacHouse

So what happened? I tend to think that one of the following four cases can explain the low life expectancy of these batteries.

  • Case1: That’s how it is. Two batteries can last for just 2 weeks with Apple Wireless Keyboard.
  • Case2: Apple Wireless Keyboard is defective to some extent, and battery energy leaks.
  • Case3: Apple shipped used batteries with my iMac.
  • Case4: I used iMac around the clock for 2 weeks.

  • In fact, I didn’t turn on iMac Quad Core 2.8 GHz every day. Again, I do pretty much all my work with iMac Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz because Snow Leopard interferes with my software development so much. If I use my new iMac, I shut it down in a matter of 1 hour or so. So Case 4 doesn’t apply.

    Apple Wireless Keyboard
    Screenshot 5 – Source: MacHouse

    So is it possible that these batteries from Energizer (See Screenshot 5.) were near-dead from the beginning? That’s possible except that the other pair that came with iMac Quad Core 2.8 GHz is still 70% full, according to Logitech’s software.

    Is it also possible that Apple deliberately delivered near-dead batteries to save money? We know that Apple’s peripheral products suck. Apple’s keyboards are getting cheaper and cheaper in quality for sure. But I don’t know if that’s their means of saving money.

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    3 Reasons to Stay Away from Apple Wireless Keyboard (Aluminum Model)
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    Apple – Support – Discussions – Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries

    2 thoughts on “What Dead Wireless Keyboard Batteries Tell

    1. Right on, Sherlock: Apple is using used batteries. They have so much time on their hands that they go around collecting AA batteries that are almost, but not quite, dead. I’m sure that’s it.

    2. 2 months after the purchase, both pairs of batteries (on keyboard and wireless Mouse) are dead on our iMac. We don’t use the Wireless Mouse any more. We need to get rid of the wireless keyboard soon as well.

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