Mobee charger for Magic Mouse hits Apple stores

Mobee's Magic Charger allows you to wirelessly charge Apple's Magic Mouse, providing up to six days of autonomous power.

Mobee Magic
The Mobee Magic is an inductive charging solution that wirelessly charges Apple's Magic Mouse. Mobee

Amid all the hoopla of Apple announcing the iPad 2, a small but potentially intriguing $49.99 accessory for owners of Apple's Magic Mouse hit the Apple Store: Mobee's Magic Charger.

You could call it a Powermat for your Magic Mouse, because this is a wireless inductive charger--you swap out the standard batteries for the Mobee rechargeable battery, then lay your mouse on the base station (which has to be plugged into a USB port) to charge the battery.

Mobee Technology says you'll get about six days of "autonomous power" before having to lay it back down on the base station (it takes about 6 hours to fully charge so you'll probably want to do it overnight). The rechargeable battery is rated at 500 cycles, which means you can charge it at least 500 times before it doesn't hold a charge anymore. In theory, it should work for several years.

If you consider how many times a year you have to change out your mouse's batteries, it would probably take a few years for your investment in the Magic Charger to pay off. But not chucking those batteries in the garbage makes you a more environmentally friendly person. Right?

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.

 

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