Wireless keyboard eating batteries

Created at: 2021-03-31 01:41:23
Questioner General

My wireless keyboard (2 battery type) has suddenly started eating batteries. Previously I could go for weeks or even months before having to change batteries. Recently I'm having to swap batteries daily. Even multiple times a day!



I use rechargeable batteries, and I assumed the batteries must have outlived their natural lifespan, but I just bought some new ones, and they're fully charged, but when I put them in the keyboard, it shows only 30% battery life remaining!



Is they keyboard past its pull date...?

Answer #1:

By: Crystal Feest

My wireless keyboard (2 battery type) has suddenly started eating batteries. Previously I could go for weeks or even months before having to change batteries. Recently I'm having to swap batteries daily. Even multiple times a day!



I use rechargeable batteries, and I assumed the batteries must have outlived their natural lifespan, but I just bought some new ones, and they're fully charged, but when I put them in the keyboard, it shows only 30% battery life remaining!



Is they keyboard past its pull date...?

Answer #2:

By: Bessie Rutherford

Try the following in order as necessary:



1 - Reset NVRAM or PRAM on your Mac - Apple Support



2 - How to reset the SMC of your Mac - Apple Support



3 - boot into Safe Mode by booting with the Shift key held down.  Reboot normally and test.



NOTE: Safe Mode boot can take up to 10 minutes as it's doing the following; 

• Verifies your startup disk and attempts to repair directory issues, if needed

• Loads only required kernel extensions (prevents 3rd party kernel/extensions from loading)

• Prevents Startup Items and Login Items from opening automatically

• Disables user-installed fonts 

• Deletes font caches, kernel cache, and other system cache files



Answer #3:

By: Dr. Brycen Flatley DVM

Try the following in order as necessary:



1 - Reset NVRAM or PRAM on your Mac - Apple Support



2 - How to reset the SMC of your Mac - Apple Support



3 - boot into Safe Mode by booting with the Shift key held down.  Reboot normally and test.



NOTE: Safe Mode boot can take up to 10 minutes as it's doing the following; 

• Verifies your startup disk and attempts to repair directory issues, if needed

• Loads only required kernel extensions (prevents 3rd party kernel/extensions from loading)

• Prevents Startup Items and Login Items from opening automatically

• Disables user-installed fonts 

• Deletes font caches, kernel cache, and other system cache files



Answer #4:

By: Dr. Darrel Skiles

Thank you for your reply, Old Toad!



I've tried #1 above, and discovered that it's not simply a matter of my keyboard eating batteries. Now my computer is also not recognizing my keyboard every time I reboot... which makes resetting a bit of a challenge! However, I did ultimately manage to reset PRAM. That doesn't appear to have helped the issue, as my computer still didn't recognize that I had a keyboard afterwards!



I'll continue trying the other suggestions....

Answer #5:

By: Lois Goyette DDS

Progress! After resetting SMC, my computer at least now recognized that I have a keyboard after rebooting! Hooray!



I don't know yet if the keyboard is still eating batteries like they're going out of style--fingers crossed!



I very much appreciate your taking the time to help, Old Toad!

Answer #6:

By: Delphia Treutel

The keyboard may be at its end of life. Do you have another Mac you can test it with?