Few devices have raised as much interest in the offices of PC Advisor's sister site Macworld as the Mobee Magic Charger.

The Mobee Magic Charger is an extremely clever addition to Apple's Magic Mouse, replacing the internal batteries (and bottom cover) of the mouse with an internal rechargeable battery and induction charging receiver.

The other part of the Mobee Magic Charger (the part that does the charging) is a flat plate that you place the Magic Mouse on. This uses inductive charging technology, where you can pass a charge from one device to another without physically connecting them (the charge passes from the plate directly into the mouse).

There are several great things about the Mobee Magic Charger. Like all rechargeable batteries it saves you having to go out and buy a new pack every time they run out; and unlike with regular rechargeable batteries, you don't have to remove it from the mouse to charge it back up.

Mobee Magic Charger

Above all, though, the Mobee Magic Charger turns the Magic Mouse into something more than Apple originally created, adding all the benefits of a wireless mouse without - something that's always important to Apple fans - changing the look of the Magic Mouse one jot.

The only discernible difference is that, with the Mobee Magic Charger installed, the Magic Mouse becomes ever so slightly lighter than before; weighing in at 91g instead of 107g with two Duracell batteries installed.

In terms of battery life it lasts a day, but little more. According to Mac OS X the device was delivered with a 40 per cent charge and it ran from 10:20am to 3:24pm. We then charged it up overnight and it ran all day from 9:30am to 6:38pm. Oddly, though, Mac OS X never reported the mouse as being over 78% full, no matter how long we left it on charge.

So a full charge pretty much lasts a working day (though no longer). We imagine that Mobee Magic Charger users are typically supposed to use it like that - the idea is that you place it back on the plate when it's not used, during the day as well as at night.

Mobee Magic Charger

The concept of placing the device back on the plate to keep it charged up does take some getting used to, and more than once we forgot to charge it up overnight and started work in the morning only to find the battery flat. But once you're in the habit of using it, the Mobee Magic Charger works flawlessly.

If there was a single area of improvement we could suggest, it's that some inductive plates have magnets inside that secure the device on the charging plate; this would be a nice touch for future iterations. However, as it stands the Mobee Magic Charger is hard to fault.

At the moment the device is only available direct from the US and certain European distributors, but we don't imagine it'll be long before a UK distributor picks up the device.

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See also:

Apple Magic Mouse review

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Mobee Magic Charger: Specs

  • Charger for Apple Magic Mouse
  • includes: battery pack
  • base station
  • USB cable
  • Charger for Apple Magic Mouse
  • includes: battery pack
  • base station
  • USB cable

OUR VERDICT

A great idea that has been flawlessly executed, the Mobee Magic Charger enhances a Magic Mouse, and turns it into a inductive charging wireless device, without changing the look, feel, or function of the original. Our colleagues on Macworld UK tell us it's one of the best Mac accessories they've seen all year.

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