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In households where battery powered items are a necessity; from wireless controllers, TV remotes and other electronic devices it's always convenient and often greater value for money having a good quality battery charger available.
I don't exactly know where to start with this charger but I want to press the issue that it is not a terrible charger itself and works just like it should do and is a nice compact size as I've often seen chargers that are unnecessarily bulky and sometimes don't fit in normal socket spaces - so the size was nice as it slotted in between other plugs on the extension cable. It looks smart and sleek with a china white design and minimal exterior detail.
However, the disappointing part of the charger is that it only accommodates apples' own batteries supplied with the charger and refuses to charge any other brands of batteries despite them being the same type of battery as the apple branded ones. Obviously apple has developed some way of identifying their own batteries within the charger as I tried several different types of rechargeable batteries and it rejected all of them.
I noticed that there wasn't much life in the batteries also and required regular charging. Perhaps this was due to the capacity of the batteries - however they were plain in design and had only "rechargeable batteries" printed on them and no information as to how long they'd take on average. A red light on the charger indicates that the batteries are either not in correctly or that it is rejecting the batteries/not charging them, orange light indicates charging in process and of course; a green light shows that charging is complete and you're ready to go.
The life of the batteries lasted only a couple of weeks; for instance I am on my xbox literally every day, whenever I have any time spare whatsoever - whether it's having film and tv on in the background or playing games and music, I always need my controller and it's on for quite a few hours in the week and I found that I'd have to charge the batteries fully again after about 2 weeks, which in theory isn't particularly bad but since apple claims the life of the batteries are supposed to be longer than this you aren't really getting your moneys worth with this charger.
Personally I'd opt for a more efficient brand such as duracell. I recently purchased a mini coloured duracell charger for just £5 and my batteries are lasting twice as long as the apple ones and cost a third of the price too! I'm not impressed with this charger from apple and I'm glad I got my money back!
This is the first time I've felt let down with an Apple product I had purchased.
Upon receiving the package it had the same simplistic but stylish design that you get with all the Apple products a basic white plug in charge with a light above the space for the batteries. And then the batteries themselves are plain silver with the +/- at either end and 'rechargeable' down the centre.
I have an iMac with a wireless keyboard and the wireless magic mouse and purchased this because of the affordable price and the fact you had 6 batteries so I could always keep 2 at hand for when the others were running low which was definitely a bonus.
For charging the batteries they fit nicely into the charger provided and the light above them simply goes orange to let you know that the batteries are charging. If the batteries are not sitting in correctly or there is a fault the light will go red. Once the batteries are finished charging the light will simply go green.
After the hype around the batteries with claims of extra long life and holding a lot of charge I had very high hopes for the batteries but this is where I was let down. I use the computer throughout the day on a daily basis and usually would go through a pair of disposable batteries about every 2 months. The reasons I made the change for these was to save money and also because the claims of holding a high charge led me to believe I would have to change them less frequently. However I found that I was now having to change the batteries sometimes after 3-4 weeks which is an extremely short amount of time compared to the claims being made when advertising them.
I definitely expected a lot more from Apple and would maybe even consider going with a different brand to replace them for my batteries in the future.
I have an iMac withe the wireless keyboard, Apple Magic mouse and the trackpad. At first i was just using the normal cheap rechargeable batteries, these just didn't last very long in the accessories i was using them for. I saw these advertise and thought they would be a bit gimmicky, i was reading up on them and saw that they actually work really well with the Apple products. So i though i would purchase it and see how it goes. It comes with 6 batteries which fitted perfectly for my 3 items i needed them for. The batteries just have the same class that Apple retains, sleek, simple and basic. They just have the silver background then the '+' or '-' signs with "Rechargeable" i the middle. I got the for christmas 2010 and charged them all up, it is not christmas 2011 and i have had to recharge the batteries 3 times each tops. I use my Mac everyday so this is very good i guess for heavy use. You just have to make sure that you put the batteries in properly, it will alert you if they aren't place in properly as the light flashes orange.