Mystery of the ALWAYS charging Mobee Magic Charger
I got something to ask Mobee.. Why do you say that it’ll 6 hours for 100% battery charge but the LED indicator on the Induction plate still blinks after 24 hours? Technical Specifications on the box clearly says Full Charge Time: 6 hours. So begin the confusion.
Mobee thinks its normal to leave it to blink even if its fully charged. And hey, Apple approved it. I bought this from the Apple Store. But isn’t this all a little confusing… There a mystery to solve. Here’s the thing…
I like innovation. And of course love simplicity in a practical design. But when there rise confusion from something so simple, it bothers me.
When you buy the Mobee Magic Charger, what you get will be the charger itself with the battery and USB cable boxed in. The only manual you get is printed on the recycle paper box lid and it reads as above. Clearly the green dashes on diagram above means its Charging and the constant green light means its Fully Charged. But that day for the battery to be 100% charged WILL NEVER HAPPEN. There seems to be an explanation for this Mobee claims. But this was definitely not fore-told on the Apple Store or on their website on the product feature page. Unknowing, many would think that the product is defective. As it could be on a continuos charge cycle as long as the LED is blinking. Does the charge pulse stop? Only Mobee’s tech knows.
Looking for the manual online here’s what I found. Voila! Mobee try to clear this out with the little caption regarding the ‘Level of Battery Charge’. They claiming that its due to the 1.2V NiMH battery not being equivalent to that of the 1.5V batteries we normally get from regular alkalines. Of course! So why confuse us users with the diagram stating that we can charge it to a 100%.. Sigh…
I’m really not too bothered about it. But it sometimes ticks me off how such things gets approved – especially by Apple. What the heck. Just let the consumers do a little snooping around to see what they just paid for.. But you know what I think? I think Mobee might have had a miscommunication with its manufacturers in China. How else can a product be launched before this kinda thing’s not ironed out? I guess China was already putting the chargers on the production line before Swiss QC caught this flaw. Easier to do the edits on the user manual and stash it online before actually printing it on the back of the box! Right. So there we go.. Mystery of the blinking charger solved.. Well in my theory at least.
Now let me try to figure out how Mobee will indicate that I’ve used 500 cycles of this NiMH battery when its never 100% fully charged to begin with. Or is that something just pre-fabbed from the usual 1000 life cycles from other NiMH manufacturers. You know to safe themselves from further explanation. Ah never knew that the Swiss can do some MAGIC too. And even win an iF product design award while at it. Now you know. As it’s at your price.
UPDATE 17 July 2011
I think I might have been wrong about the ALWAYS blinking charger. For some kind of miracle today.. the blinking stopped.. Full charge? NO… The magic mouse been sitting on the induction plate for 2 full days.. and at 40% it claims that its fully charged? I cannot even imagine out how Mobee programmed this indicator.