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Mobee Magic Charger Review

Jackson Chung 17-08-2012

The Mobee Magic Charger [No longer available] is a cost efficient solution for powering Apple’s Magic Mouse. Instead of replacing the batteries in your Magic Mouse every 2 weeks, the Mobee Magic Charger utilises a rechargeable battery pack and clever induction charging technology to keep your Magic Mouse charged up and ready to go.


But what is the Mobee Magic Charger exactly, and how does it work? Does this mean that you’ll never have to buy batteries for your Magic Mouse again? How does it compare to regular rechargeable batteries? We’ll take an in-depth look at the Mobee Magic Charger to answer all these questions.

Introducing the Mobee Magic Charger

It’s an induction charger for Apple’s Magic Mouse. Basically, it uses a combination of a rechargeable battery pack (which fits in the Magic Mouse’s battery compartment) and an Apple-esque inductive charger pad which plugs into your computer’s USB port to keep the mouse charged up. The idea behind the Magic Charger is to encourage you to stop buying batteries and chucking them away every few weeks. It’s supposedly less frustrating to maintain and overall, better for the planet.

But at $39.90 a pop, is the Mobee Magic Charger worth buying? Say your Magic Mouse usually goes through two pairs of batteries every month, you would have recovered your cost in about 12 months. Alternatively, you could pay less and use rechargeable NiMH batteries. Your final option would be to use a wired mouse, but sadly, the Magic Mouse doesn’t come in a wired option.

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Using the Mobee Magic Charger takes a bit of getting used to. Specifically, you’d need to remember to place the mouse on the charging pad before leaving your workstation. Once you have that nailed down, the Mobee Magic Charger is quite an elegant solution. Running out of battery is now a thing of the past!


Initial Impressions

The Mobee Magic Charger comes in a low-profile black carton box which flips open to reveal some quick tips on how to get it working, indicator legends and a foam partition.

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Under the foam partition lies the replacement battery pack, the induction charging pad and a USB cable.

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There isn’t any unnecessary packaging, loose documentation or superflous wrapping. This is as minimalist as it gets.

(Note: the induction pad shown below was placed on the wrong side so what you’re looking at is its bottom surface.)

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Will the Mobee Magic Charger fit in with the rest of your Apple gear? The answer is a resounding yes.


When the mouse is in use, the induction charging pad is the only component of the ensemble that is visually apparent. Its top surface is made from glossy white plastic and is surrounded by a rim of aluminium-like plastic. It definitely looks like it belongs, but only after you pick it up will you realise that it doesn’t feel very Apple-ly with all that plastic.

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The induction charging pad is really slim and light, so even if you need to take it along on your travels, it should be really easy to pack.

Using the Mobee Magic Charger

According to the quick install instructions, existing batteries must be removed from the Magic Mouse, then slot in the rechargeable battery pack, as seen below. The battery pack has a cover attached, so you’ll need to store the battery compartment cover that comes with your Apple Magic Mouse somewhere safe.


Once the rechargeable battery pack is inserted, this is how it looks like. Colour-wise, it seems identical to Apple’s original battery compartment cover, but it’s made of plastic (again) instead. Overall, not much has changed and the Magic Mouse weighs about the same as it did with regular batteries.

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The induction charging pad needs to be hooked up to a USB port during use. It only draws power via USB, so there’s no need to connect it to the computer you’re using it with — any USB port will do.

Once it’s ready and waiting, the red LED will light up.

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Immediately after placing the mouse on the charging pad, the LED will switch to a blinking green light when charging, and solid green when the battery pack is fully charged.

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Living with the Mobee Magic Charger

Before the Mobee Magic Charger came along, I used rechargeable NiMH batteries to power my Magic Mouse and they would frequently run flat just as I was doing something important. Sure, it’s probably my fault for ignoring the low battery warning. Some would argue that changing batteries only takes a few seconds. But I’d often lose my train of thought every time that happens. So why should I put up with it?

With the Mobee Magic Charger, I trained myself to place my mouse on the charging pad every night before going to bed. In the morning, it’s fully charged. On a full charge, it can operate for 6 days, if you’re curious. But the point of owning a Mobee Magic Charger is to keep the battery level at a constant 90-100% and never run out.

Should you buy it?

If you’re considering the environment, using rechargeable batteries is always the better choice. With that said, the induction charging solution and competitive price (under $50) of the Mobee Magic Charger is just too good to pass, and I’d rather use this than plain old rechargeable batteries any day and keep my sanity.

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  1. shandie valdez
    October 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    amaaaaziing! i wanna win this! :D

  2. Diptesh Gurav
    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    hope for the best

  3. Nart Barileva
    August 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Is there something like this for regular wireless mice??

  4. Ravinder Putta
    August 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks For The Giveaway :)

  5. ferdinan Sitohang
    August 28, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Nice device, want to have one of this.

  6. tarzan2001
    August 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I hope I win this! :D

  7. Josh Wein
    August 24, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Woo hope I win!!

  8. Ron Morrow
    August 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Pretty cool.

  9. Rohitmittal3003
    August 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Great IF Win

  10. Kevin Fegan
    August 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I soooo need one of these.

    I have entered and liked.

    Thank you.

  11. Mike Skultety
    August 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I love the idea

  12. Andrew Jordan
    August 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I was not comparing it with regualar batteries, I was saying that the method of charging the batteries was inefficient and not good for the planet.
    Yes I did assume that coal would be used to generate the electricity because China is mainly using and has been bring online 70 coal power plants per year since 2005.This is made in China is it not? And you would count the manufacture of it as the most use of electricity? In the UK the residential fuel mix is about 30% Coal and 52 % Natural Gas. Are you saying it is better to burn Natural Gas than coal to run this mouse and that makes the Planet Greener? As that was your Headline in the Article that I objected to , also your subsequent criticism of my assumption of coal being used to make and or power this.?

    You are correct about running Li-ion batteries down to zero charge before recharging them is a bad idea. However I was quoting from Mobee's site about the life length of the charge, rather than suggesting you do it.If you have a device that can run for 5-6 days or in your case 3-4 days it is not neccessary to have induction charging, it is a gimmick. You look at induction charging for things like industrial vehicles on a track that cannot be moved or buses in London. Areas where it makess sense to recharge the item when it stands still and can't be taken out of service to be recharged. It is perfectly feasible to recharge this mouse by plugging it in.
    Going back to your quote "anyone who knows something about Li-ion batteries" "will tell you that once the max recharge cycles, the ability to store a charge is significantly diminished " Well I don't seem to have those cool type friends but I can read things on the Internet and perhaps you should prior to making snotty remarks. Read
    in which it will tell you that a greater danger to Li ion batteries is charging them to the MAX and then exposing them to heat. WHERE would you do this ? Sitting on top of an Induction coil of a charger like the Mobee that would charge the item and while doing so because of its inherent ineffiency be making heat from the waste energy.
    I may not have cool friends but I don't overpay for gimmicks that are going to harm the planet by using more electricity than needed, to accomplish the same thing, and will actually harm my batteries.
    And again Jackson I did not say anything about regular batteries.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 23, 2012 at 9:01 am


      Well, I was comparing it to using regular batteries, and so it is better for the planet in that case. There are a lot of innovative consumer products which are better for the planet in the sense that they're greener than conventional methods but they're just not quite there yet (case in point: induction charging). Does that mean that we should never use them now?

      I admit that I misunderstood your point about using electricity to produce the product. Somehow, I only read the part about powering it and your assumption that coal would be used to generate electricity in households. So what if I'm using solar energy? I'm already doing my part by generating my own electricity. Can't I choose what to do with it? Here's another argument: solar panels are not 100% efficient -- so does that mean that you're against producing them too?

      What is your argument here, exactly? Are you against using electricity to make this product or are you against induction charging? If it's the former, then let's look at it in perspective: it's a mouse charger -- a product which is aimed to make life easier, not some kind of weapon or even an automobile, which will continue to contribute to the green house effect even after it has left the factory.

      If you are indeed against induction charging for its "inefficiency", then that's your prerogative. You can choose not to use it but you can't prevent others from doing so.

      You may also want to do a bit of reading up about batteries, trickle charging and the amount of energy used by the induction charging pad before you respond, and try to take things into perspective.

  13. Mark
    August 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I want one :)

  14. Julianne Fleit
    August 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    As usual, great giveaway.

  15. Julianne Fleit
    August 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Way too cool!

  16. Cworld
    August 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Really awesome mouse

  17. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    August 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Thanx for the chance! ))

  18. Ahmed Khalil
    August 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

    is this device usable for other wirless mouse like microsoft one?

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm


  19. yes
    August 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

    If I win this I will have to buy the mouse to go with it..

    August 21, 2012 at 3:38 am


  21. Riya
    August 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Great giveaway! Too bad I don't use apple :(

  22. Larry Johnson
    August 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Cool for i People

  23. Barry Eisenberg
    August 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    no comment

  24. Bob
    August 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I have a Mobee Magic Charger. The problem I had with batteries is that every time I took the batteries out to change them or charge them, the mouse wouldn't reconnect immediately. Now, there's no problem. As for constantly using electricity, I charge mine a couple of times a week and that's the only time I plug it in. I leave it near my mouse so I remember. I also got the equivalent for my wireless keyboard. I'm very pleased with them.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      You don't actually need to remove the batteries to charge them. Just place the entire mouse on top of the charging pad and it'll do its work.

      The whole argument about wasting electricity is moot. Plug it into your Mac and it draws whatever power it can through USB. Power consumption increases so slightly, it's negligible. We're talking about 2 AA batteries, for goodness' sake!

  25. Jonathan Matthie
    August 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Great idea!

  26. Mit thakkar
    August 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    another great giveaway by makeuseof as always......

  27. Edward Allwein
    August 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm


  28. Justin
    August 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Awesome review man. Was looking at getting this since it came out but was unsure if it's really that cost effective. I actually went to the trouble of documenting my battery replacements and discovered that a pair of batteries usually only gets me through 5 weeks. So yeah, basically this charger would save me a lot of benjamins in the long run.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Absolutely. No matter how you look at it, rechargeables always save you money in the long run. The Magic Charger only makes it look pretty and easier to charge.

  29. fizzbin88
    August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Cool !

  30. Valentin Tudor
    August 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    it's cool - I would want one!

  31. Ellen
    August 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Ooooh... pretty. I love the concept.

  32. Mina Li
    August 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This is a really good idea! I like the fact that charging it is very simple and only requires you to place the mouse on a charging pad.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      A small price to pay for convenience in a complex world.

  33. Andrew Jordan
    August 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    You blithely say "Better for the planet" but it's not.
    Induction charging is less effective and produces heat compared to plug in power. It is at MOST 86% effective and Mobee does not state any numbers so I do not think they are reaching that. Keeping your batteries charged every night is not a good idea, as you are only warranteed for 500 charges and the mouse is supposed to run for 5-6 days on 1 charge. Better to let it run and then charge If it is the newer batteries they do not drop in power over the life cycle they are as good at hour 1 as at hour 99.Those were the old batteries,
    The only advantage to this is convenience but if you only need to charge it every 5-6 days why do you need this convenience and you are paying a hefty price premium for it. Plus you are using a less efficient connector and that is making the planet browner with more CO2 emmisions from the coal to power the electricity to produce this and power it.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I maintain my stand that it's better for the planet compared to using regular batteries. There's no denying that fact. Plus, you're making an assumption that I'm using electricity generated by coal.

      Allowing the battery level to drop to zero before recharging is bad practice, and anyone who knows something about Li-ion batteries will tell you that once the max recharge cycles, the ability to store a charge is significantly diminished. Keeping it charged is my personal preference. Other owners may choose to charge it once every few days. However inefficient induction charging may be, using it to charge a battery rather than throwing the battery away offsets whatever carbon pollution it may have caused. Or at least that's my PERSONAL view.

  34. echantrea
    August 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Awesome rechargerable mouse.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Just to be clear, the review wasn't the about the mouse. And it's not rechargeable, on its own. So technically, it's a not a rechargeable mouse.

  35. Nguyen Tran
    August 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    It's an excellent review...

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm


  36. Mary Incontro
    August 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I'm sure willing to give it a try.

  37. Petey Pabler
    August 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Or...OR, MAC could make a mouse that didn't eat batteries every two weeks? Seems logical, but they might be part owners of Duracell or something...

    • Brian Dorselly
      August 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      MAC? I'm sure you mean: Apple- A, P, P, L, E. My magic mouse lasts for a couple of months before needing new batteries, 2 weeks is an exaggeration.

  38. Salome Zwart
    August 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm


  39. josemon maliakal
    August 19, 2012 at 6:10 am

    that is a cool gadget, i want such one

  40. sachiny009
    August 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    my mac could use this one.!

  41. Yang Yang Li
    August 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    "replacing the batteries in your Magic Mouse every 2 weeks" is this true or just an exaggeration? The batteries in my Logitech mouse last for 2 years.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      The Magic Mouse is known for chomping on batteries but it also depends on your usage.

  42. Shehan Nirmal
    August 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Can I use it for some other wireless mouse...???

    • Jackson Chung
      August 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      No, the battery pack can only fit in the Magic Mouse

  43. VS Vishnu
    August 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

    but i dont have apple... ;-(

  44. danielooi
    August 18, 2012 at 4:29 am

    While induction charger is easy to use but the charging time is noticeably longer than usual battery charging time.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Very true although the Mobee Magic Charger isn't aimed at charging the battery when it's flat. It provides the convenience of charging the Magic Mouse just by laying it on the charging pad everyday. So if you look at it that way, the charging time is quite minimal.

  45. Va Du
    August 18, 2012 at 4:26 am

    My only problem with these type of chargers are if they are constantly on using electricity? I already need to cut down on my electric bills.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Then you should probably be using a wired mouse.

  46. Muhannad Agha
    August 18, 2012 at 2:13 am

    This is exactly what I want!

  47. Mila Kun
    August 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Bad luck I don't use an Apple

    • Josh
      August 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      You don't need to use and apple, the mouse is just a bluetooth mouse.

      • Mila Kun
        August 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        Ah, I didn't read the whole review--just assumed :)
        Thanks. I'm in, then :)

        • Jackson Chung
          August 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

          Actually, the battery pack is designed specifically for the Magic Mouse. But just to be clear, you can use a Magic Mouse with a Windows PC.

    • Jonathan Matthie
      August 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Yeah, the mouse is usable on a PC also.

  48. Nezlo
    August 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I don't have any use for this but I could see it coming in very handy for some, good luck to everyone that enters.

  49. vineedcool
    August 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Lot better than ideal mouse ;)