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How Long Do Batteries Last in a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse? 

 September 19, 2021

By  Phil Borges

A wireless keyboard and mouse is a great way to make your workstation clutter-free. You no longer have to be tethered to a cord, nor do you have to make space on your table for various kinds of cables. But even a wireless device needs a source of power and typically, this comes from a set of batteries.

How long batteries will last in your wireless keyboard and mouse will depend entirely on the specific device that you are using. However, these wireless devices do not draw a lot of power and should typically not drain the battery too fast. A good wireless keyboard and mouse should go for 3-6 months without needing a battery change.

If you have more questions about how long batteries last in a wireless keyboard and mouse, the following sections should provide some answers: 

How Long Do Wireless Keyboard Batteries Last?

How long the batteries of a wireless keyboard or mouse lasts depends entirely on the specific model and make. Typically, a wireless mouse or keyboard will be a low-drain device so it will work perfectly well with regular AA or AAA batteries, without needing a change for a long time.

With a good battery and proper use of the keyboard, the batteries should last you anywhere between 3 to 6 months. Some people like to use rechargeable batteries for their wireless keyboard and mouse, but this is not always required.

Rechargeable batteries will lose their charge quickly and will need to be recharged more frequently, the longer that they are in use. On the contrary, non-rechargeable batteries have a much slower discharge rate and can last for a couple of months on a low-power device like a wireless keyboard. If you find that your wireless keyboard or mouse is losing charge every other day, something is likely the matter with the device or you need to get new batteries.

If you are a gamer or someone who has frequent use of their computer, a wireless device can truly change the game. You no longer need to be inconvenienced by multiple cables that get in the way of your work. But if you constantly have to change the batteries, there is certainly something wrong that needs to be rectified.

What Batteries Do Wireless Keyboards Use?

The type of battery a wireless keyboard may require also depends on the make of the keyboard. However, if you are using non-rechargeable batteries, try to get the batteries marked “Advanced” or “Performance”. Energizer Lithium and Duracell Quantum are good options for this and are preferred over regular alkaline batteries. While these batteries are more expensive than regular alkaline batteries, the latter may need to be replaced more frequently so in the end the cost will probably even out.

If you are going with rechargeable batteries, an ideal type would be low-discharge NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) batteries. These are efficient rechargeable batteries that will last you a long time, but you also will not need to charge them too frequently as they have a relatively low discharge rate as compared to many other rechargeable batteries.

Along with these rechargeable batteries, it may be worth investing in an Apple battery charger, even if you do not own Apple products. This is an exceptionally good charger that you can get along with batteries, at a bargain price! If you buy from the right place, you may even get a set of six batteries along with the charger. It will ensure your batteries are charged well and not overcharged.

Which Way Do the Batteries Go in an Apple Wireless Keyboard

The batteries in an Apple keyboard are no different from any other battery. There is an easy-to-access battery compartment. You only need to open the compartment and slide the batteries in, making sure that the positive ends of the batteries are positioned in the right direction.

The newer versions of Apple wireless keyboards come with built-in batteries, which can be charged by connecting the device’s USB port to the computer or a USB power adapter. If you are charging the wireless keyboard, it can be used while charging. If you are charging the Apple wireless mouse, it will be unable to be used while charging.

How Many Batteries Are in an Apple Wireless Keyboard

How many batteries you require in an Apple wireless keyboard depends on which model of keyboard you are using. The device may require anywhere from two to four AA batteries, whether lithium, alkaline or rechargeable.

There is no fixed answer to this question and it depends entirely on the specific keyboard that you are using.

Where Are the Batteries in a Logitech Wireless Keyboard

The batteries in a Logitech wireless keyboard can be found on the back of the keyboard, on the bottom side. You will need to get a screwdriver to unscrew the flap so you can get full access to the battery compartment. Once you have managed to open the battery compartment, the rest of the process is the same as changing any other battery.

Simply, slide out the old batteries and replace them with the new ones. Ensure that the positive ends of the battery are positioned on the right side.

Does HP Wireless Keyboard Have Batteries

Yes, the HP Wireless Keyboard does have batteries. Depending on which model you get, the keyboard may have external batteries or in-built ones. However, the company is yet to venture into manufacturing wireless devices without batteries.

Wireless Mouse and Keyboard without Batteries

Being wireless means the device will not be connected to a source of power through a wire. But this has typically meant that it needs to derive its power from elsewhere, like a battery. The chore of keeping the batteries charged or changing them frequently can seem daunting to some people, especially those who have prolonged use of their mouse and keyboard.

While there is still a lot to be explored in the ‘wireless-without-battery’ arena, Razer’s Hyperflux mouse is a start. The mouse relies on the Firefly Hyperflux mouse mat for power, which in turn gets its charge by creating a magnetic field. However, this is still one product among a sea of wireless devices that run on batteries.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are several queries when it comes to wireless keyboards and mice. The following sections will attempt to answer a few more of those frequently asked questions:

How Do I Know If My Wireless Mouse Needs a New Battery?

Typically, there will be a battery indicator on the body of the mouse. If not, you can check the battery status through the control panel on the system to which the mouse is connected. If the mouse is having trouble staying connected to the system, it is likely a battery problem if not a Bluetooth connectivity problem.

Does Turning Off a Wireless Mouse Save Batteries?

Turning off the wireless mouse when it is not in use is certainly a great way to save the batteries and is something you should remember to practice. If the mouse stays idle for hours, it is one of the biggest reasons for it to lose charge over time.

So, when you log out of the system, also remember to turn off the wireless mouse and keyboard. Any good wireless device will not require a battery change for a few months, provided you have used the right kind of battery and have also used the device well, turning it off when it is not in use and not abusing the battery.

Do Wireless Keyboards Wear Out?

As with any other device, a wireless keyboard will also wear out over time. If the battery life of the keyboard is fine and you have done a decent job maintaining it, then it could last you anywhere between 3-5 years without any problem.

Wireless keyboards are not that much different from their wired counterparts when it comes to the actual construction. So, there aren’t too many factors that may cause a wireless keyboard to wear out any more than its wired counterparts might.

About the author

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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