Unfortunately, you can’t fix Magic Mouse’s goofy charging port situation with clever engineering

Although companies like Apple don’t do anything by accident, users were baffled when Apple revealed it Magic Mouse 2 Back in 2015 with charging port Unsuitably located under it. It’s a problem that still plagues the mouse seven years later, and it’s clearly one that’s intent on maintaining it for years to come, like Discover Mate Benedetto.

Benedetto is famous online for YouTube channel, Unnecessary inventions, where, as the name suggests, it showcases inventions that the world doesn’t really need. Includes everything from iPhone case stores and shoots candy In the user’s mouth, to a A strange approach to a permanent workspace With long keyboard keys instead of a tall desk.

Like many loyal Apple users, Benedetto loves most things about the Mighty Mouse 2, except that when his rechargeable battery dies, it must be flipped over and rendered unusable in order to charge. So with the power of design, 3D printing, and YouTube clicks, they designed what they assumed would be a clever solution to the problem.

Starting with a Lightning charging cable that features a right-angle connector on the end, Benedetto has designed and printed a 3D lifter for the back of the Magic Mouse 2 that rolls onto a pair of metal ball bearings. The elevator allows the mouse to glide around the desk while it’s plugged into a power source and recharging, but it turns out Benedetto’s ingenuity was no match for Apple’s design.

The problem they discovered right away was a simple but puzzling one: When the Mighty Mouse 2 is plugged into a power source, it stops working. It recharges just fine, but the rest is off until the Lightning charging cable is unplugged. Why is this the case when Apple wireless keyboards keep working while the charging cable is plugged in? Apple claims that a two-minute charge, or roughly the time it takes to walk to the water cooler and back, gives the Mighty Mouse 2 nine hours of power, so charging port issues aren’t really a big deal. But From our own testWe have found that this is simply not the caseAnd, when the Magic Mouse 2 dies, it actually requires several two-minute charges throughout the day to keep it working.

To Apple’s credit, in recent years it has been addressing and fixing many questionable design options, including Problematic laptop keyboardsAnd the Get rid of the Touch Barand even fill in the new Mac Studio is full of useful ports. So there is still hope that Magic Mouse 2 will work together, or that Magic Mouse 3 will help us forget about these dark times.

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