Every iMac comes with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard. And that requires batteries. Every iMac comes with a wireless Bluetooth mouse. And that requires batteries. Add an Apple branded keyboard and mouse or trackpad to a Mac mini, Mac notebook, or even the Mac Pro, and you’ll need more batteries. Here’s an easier, faster way to check the battery status on all your Mac accessories.
Power By Numbers
The traditional way to check the battery power status on devices connected to the Mac is multistep, and cumbersome. Open System Preferences, then click on each device in order– keyboard, mouse, trackpad– to view the current battery level.
That means multiple clicks and multiple steps. There’s an easier way and it’s free, but still has a number of clicks. Set Bluetooth (in System Preferences) to display in the Mac’s Menubar. Then, when you click the Bluetooth icon you’ll have an option to click and view each device to see the battery level.
If you’re willing to part with 99-cents, add Battery Tracker to your Mac. That gives you one click access to the battery level for each connected device.
OK, let’s say you still want a fast and easy way to check on battery levels for various and sundry connected Bluetooth devices on your Mac, but you cannot afford the 99-cent entry fee.
What to do?
How about BatteryAlert? It monitors all those Bluetooth battery levels and can send you an email, a Message, Notifications, or Alerts when battery levels drop to a specific level.
And it’s free.
Well, BatteryAlert is free. For now. The developer is making the first 1,000 downloads of BatteryAlert free for Mac users. After that you may need to cough up some coin.