Apple Releases Compact "Green" Battery Charger
Going right along with the arrival of a new Magic Trackpad
and a the refresh of both the iMac and Mac Pro lines
, Apple today also rolled out a new environmentally friendly battery charger - a somewhat unexpected product release by the tech giant. Still, as more and more consumers demand greener technologies, Cupertino continues to express a heightened willingness to embrace environmentally-friendly aspects of technology, although it still appears that we're light-years away from the solar powered iPhones that many environmental activists think Apple should be hard at work on as we speak.
According to Apple, now there’s "a better, more environmentally friendly way to power your wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or just about anything that requires AA batteries." The product in question - The Apple Battery Charger kit - is basically a compact charger and six "high-performance" AA NiMH batteries that are reusable - really
reusable. Apple claims the batteries are "exceptional at holding a charge" and will last upwards of a decade. The purpose? To break the cycle of buying and disposing "toxic, single-use alkaline batteries."
In addition to the advanced shelf-life of your batteries and the amount of waste they reduce, The Apple Battery Charger has the lowest “vampire draw” of any similar charger on the market - which, according to Apple, is "the energy that most chargers continue to draw even after their batteries are done charging." The kit retails from Apple for $29.00 and ships in 2-4 business days.