Apple must have invested a lot of money in rechargeable battery manufacturers. Yes, I like having Bluetooth devices. They free up a USB port (the Mac never has enough). Battery life? That’s another story. The Mac’s device batteries have to be monitored like a baby. All. The. Time.
MightyMonitor For My Mac
The battery for the Bluetooth keyboard seems to last forever. The Magic Trackpad, less so. The Magic Mouse battery, because I’m on that Mac all day and all night and weekends (except when traveling) seems to last a week or so.
I could check the System Preferences from time to time (hassle), or simply wait for my Mac to tell me a battery is dying (never enough time to charge another batter), or I could use MightyMonitor, a free Dashboard Widget that does the work for me.
One flick of the wrist (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and I know the battery status for all devices.
It couldn’t be easier to figure out which batteries need a recharge soon. Preferences are dead simple, too.
Select the Mac device and it displays the current battery status (no pun intended). Park it right beside the Dashboard Widget for weather and stocks and you’ll never be surprised by a dead battery again.