“ Manufacturer: Exspect / Type: Wii remote docking station „
Exspect Wii Remote Twin Charging Station
A couple of years ago I was in my local Tesco browsing through the Wii games and accessories when I spotted the Exspect Wii Remote Twin Charging Station. Being fed up of buying batteries or forgetting to recharge my rechargeable ones I picked this up and read the description on the box, it stated that the charging station connects to the wii through the power port in the rear of the wii and charges your wii remotes so long as your wii is plugged in. Priced at just £11.99 I decided it was worth investing in.
** In The Box **
In the box you will find the charging station and two battery packs to insert into your wii remotes instead of using batteries and the wii remotes battery cover. Looking at the battery packs I could instantly see they were a slightly off white colour and not as bright as the wii remote white, but it was going to save me buying batteries so I could live with this.
The charging station looked better than the battery packs and was a nice bright white with a grey lead connected to it.
** The Set Up **
Setting the Exspect Wii Remote Twin Charging Station up was relatively easy. Still a job for adults though as it involves unplugging the power cable for the wii. The grey cable attached to the charging station plugs into the port where the power cable usually goes in the back of the wii console, the power cable then plugs into a port on the cable and plugs into the mains as usual.
Setting the remotes up was also simple and just a case of removing the battery cover and batteries from the wii remote and replacing them with the battery packs supplied with the charging station. When I put the battery packs in place I found that not only did I notice the colour difference a lot more than I thought I would but also the battery packs were a really tight fit in the remotes and quite hard to remove. I figured this was probably how it was supposed to be for safety of children trying to remove them.
To charge the remotes you simply place them in the charging station. The charging station has two ports for the wii remotes to sit and charge in and when they are charging the station will glow a lovely blue colour. At first I thought this looked great, however at the time I had the wii in my bedroom and when I was going to sleep with a bright blue glow in the room I didn't appreciate it so much. To my knowledge there is no way of turning the blue off and there is no mention of it in the instructions.
The first time you charge the remotes you are recommended to leave them on charge for around 12 to 16 hours. I decided to put mine on charge over night and while I was at work, this added up to around 14 hours at the time.
After charging your remotes you are ready to play. The wii will operate as normal with the charging station left plugged in and this also makes it easy to remember to put your remotes back on charge when you finish playing.
The first game I played with the battery packs in was Guitar Hero, I played for around 2 hours and when I clicked to check the battery power after this time I was shocked to see I was down to one red bar. The instructions state that from a full charge you can expect around 10 to 12 hours of play time! I thought this might just be because it was the first time they had been used so I stuck with it for about a week and was disappointed to see that the battery life was still only around 2 to 4 hours at the most before another charge was needed and I ended up reverting back to normal batteries.
After about a week and a half I totally gave up and returned my Exspect Wii Remote Twin Charging Station to Tesco, I explained my reason for return and the lady said she has had a lot of these returned in the last few weeks and refunded me with no problems.
** Price and Availability **
I purchased the Exspect Wii Remote Twin Charging Station in Tesco around 2 years ago for £11.99, to my knowledge they are still selling it for around the same price, if its not the same product then it looks identical on the shelf, however I would recommend that you save your money and remember to charge your rechargeables or buy a more expensive higher quality charging station.
Thanks for reading :)