Genius Energy Mouse Moves Your Cursor and Recharges Mobile Devices

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lhatten

It is quite interesting that a number of posts castigate others for skimming, and not reading the posts. It seems that there is only one battery, and it has a battery reserve feature, not a second battery. From the Genius website, "Don’t worry about the power bank using up the battery, a special battery reserve feature is dedicated just for mouse operation. If you look at the specs, only one battery is listed. It is quite easy to postulate a second battery from the way Maximum PC wrote the article, but there was just enough data to cause me to look it up. If you are going to criticize some one, it would make sense to discover the facts before putting your foot in it (your mouth that is).

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j_j_montez

After re-reading the post and checking out the website, I could see it going either way; a physical reserve for the mouse, or a switch on the chipset that stops external charging after a certain point. After following some links and checking out the Youtube video by Genius, they said 10% of the battery is reserved for the mouse. Seems a bit high, I'd rather it go down to 5% or less, since a mouse needs very little to run, but still a good idea. While I didn't follow all the links but was familiar with MPC's article, I was comfortable enough to encourage people to at least read the article they were posting on. It was clear enough to know that there was at least some kind of reserve.

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slaponte

Depending on price, I would carry one with my laptop bag as an emergency power thing. I could hook it up to my cell while I drive. I don't ever imagine using the mouse while it charges the phone, although it might be feasible with a longer (phone out of the way) cord.

Nobody " needs" one, but if you want to minimize carry on for mobile people, it wouldn't hurt. Again, depends on $$$.

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PCWolf

This has to be one of the most Stupidest things I have seen. Why would anybody want to drain the mouse battery to charge a cell phone? Why not just plug the cell phone directly into a USB port or charger?? If there was a list of "Stupid Ideas for 2013" This one would be on the top 5.

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j_j_montez

I don't know how many of the commentators below just skimmed the article, but there are two batteries, one for the phone, another for the devices. This mouse isn't meant to be charging while it's in use, for the reason of awkward holding, but for the obvious fact that if a computer is on, plug your phone into it.

That being said, I have an external battery pack, and it is great for charging my things when I am not using my laptop, such as in a class, or walking around, or if my ports on my computer are all used up. I always thought mice had a lot of wasted space, and have seen some house USB flash drives, hidden compartments, and laser pointers. I'm a fan of this idea, but I'm sure the price will be too high. I bought my pack for $8 and it works great, and $30 for my desktop mouse. Both suit me fine. If Apple endorses this though, and makes it shiny and white, it will sell millions! (Sorry, my mind just wandered there.)

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aarcane

If it was from a reputable brand of performance mice (like Razor or Logitech or Microsoft or Whoever is making the RAT these days), it might be a viable, suitable option. Especially if it can charge over USB from the laptop when in use.

Also note: My phone has a 4200mAh battery.

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JosephColt

Who's going to buy some cheap mouse that lets you charge a phone?

You can charge a phone at an outlet, any computer or tablet, car, backup battery.

Gimmicky idea at it's finest. Plus if you charge the phone, you will not be able to move the mouse around very well, why would you create such a product?

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MaximumMike

Wait a minute. So you're saying I can have a wired mouse with poor battery life? Sounds like the worst of both worlds to me.

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timmyw

An idea whose day will never come.

I see very little utility in this. If you got a mouse, you probably got a laptop, which could recharge your phone. In any cause you will need to recharge this mouse so you can use it to charge your phone.

The only time it would save your bacon is you need to recharge your phone, your laptop is dead (or confiscated by Homeland Security), and you don't have an outlet available. If this is likely to happen why aren't you carrying a fully charged backup battery and/or a solar charger.

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jgottberg

I thought the same thing... anything I have a mouse connected to is capable of charging my phone.

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stradric

There are a ton of products on the market right now that act as a portable power source. I suppose if you always have a mouse with you, this cuts down on the number of extra gadgets you need.

I backed a Kickstarter project for WakaWaka power. They are now selling it retail. It's a solar powered battery that has USB output (and input). It also has a powerful set of LED lights. For my money, having one of those is more useful. It charges from solar in about 8 hours, so it's great if you're stuck without power for an extended period of time.

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AFDozerman

I'm skeptical of the whole 2700 mAh battery being able to recharge my phone, since it's the exact same size as the one that is in my phone now. If it did, I doubt there would be any juice left for using the mouse in the end.

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stradric

The mouse has a separate battery to power itself, as stated in the article.

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AFDozerman

This is what I get for skimming through things.

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AFDozerman

I'm skeptical of the whole 2700 mAh battery being able to recharge my phone, since it's the exact same size as the one that is in my phone now. If it did, I doubt there would be any juice left for using the mouse in the end.