This week, as expected, Apple announced a slew product updates including the cool looking Magic Trackpad—Apple introduces the Magic Trackpad—however, like the folks at TUAW, I think the new Apple Battery charger is the product people should run out and buy—Apple's new battery charger is deceptively cool - Apple (Canada) - Apple Battery Charger - The energy-efficient way to power your accessories.. Here's why. First at less than $30, the charger itself is a bargain. Second, it comes with six batteries! Third, the batteries are listed to be good for ten years. Finally, Apple says that its charger is the most power efficient chargers out there drawing only 30 mW compared to the industry average of 315 mW. Still not sold?
Sure there are a lot of chargers out there, and I used to use rechargeables for all my devices, but the problem was that when they ran out I didn't have fast and ready batteries on hand. Oh sure I'd charge a bunch, but we all know that NiMH batteries lose their charge over time. Apple says that they've solved that problem by designing batteries that hold their charge better (keeping 80% of their charge after a year). So Apple seems to have created a better battery charger and better NiMH batteries (you can, btw, use any NiMH battery in the charger), why isn't this bigger news?
That I don't have an answer for.
Myself, I'm going to be keeping an eye out for the chargers when they hit the store. I've been charging up my rechargeables on hand so that as my mouse and keyboard start to run low on batteries I'll switch to them. Oh yeah, I'll still pick up the Apple batteries, but in the meantime I need to make sure that the batteries I have actually work. Really, switching to rechargeables can save you a lot of money, plus "disposable" batteries are one of the largest (if not the largest) contributors of toxic materials to our landfills. Switch to rechargeables, it's a good thing. And by all accounts, Apple has made it really easy for all of us.
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