I’ve long griped on the blog about the Apple rechargeable batteries of my gear and how they’ve degenerated to a mere husk of themselves over the years, now lasting just over a week between charges—at least with the trackpad.
Well, I think I’d better revise my assessment.
Usually, the iMac gives me a heads up when the charge is low (about 20% left), and I usually take it at face value and just recharge them. Usually these days it gives me the warning every seven or eight days, and last July 8, it warned me again.
But I figured, after all this time, maybe I should run them down until they really give up the ghost and recharge them from there, maybe that’ll improve the capacity a bit and reset it from zero.
Today, 19 days later, they’re still going. Or course, the iMac constantly reminds me to recharge them, and it’s gone down from 20% to 5% power left, but it’s been that way for a few days now, and the charge level hasn’t dropped.
So, it’s been going for close to a month now—29 days, to be exact—and it looks like it’s going to go for quite a while yet.
Maybe the batteries are suffering from a simple case of a bad recharge setting, and actually has a much better running time than the meters say. All this time I’ve simply been operating under wrong. miscalibrated batteries, and all my complaints are for naught.
We’ll be able to tell definitively when it finally runs down and I can recharge from zero, and until then I’m hopeful. And the other AAAs of the set are probably operating under the same miscalibration—the Apple Bluetooth Mouse and Apple Bluetooth Keyboard batteries are also likely just fine after all.
Turns out Apple Rechargable Batteries are hardier than I thought.
Sheesh. And here I was, worrying about them and getting ready to purchase new ones.