The power play dual charging station is basically a charging station for a battery pack for wii remote controllers. I ordered mine from an internet gaming site I can't remember which one now but it cost me £15.
My reason for purchasing this charging station for my wii was I thought that in the long run it would save me money on batteries as I go through quite a few.
When my charging station arrived it came with two battery packs which fit into your wii controller where you would usually put the batteries. The rechargeable batteries for this are attached to the back section you simply have to remove your back cover from your wii remote and slot them in in the place of the batteries and normal back.
Once the pack is in you put the controller into a stand where the power pack charges. The stand is linked to your wii controller through the usb lead at the back of your wii. You can charge 2 controllers at anyone time. Now the first few times I tried the batteries they seemed to work ok then the one did not hold the charge for more than 1 hour. I sent it back and they sent me another one but the same happened again and after reading reviews here I can see it is not just me who had this problem.
If I was you I would not waste my money on these power packs and instead invest in some good rechargeable batteries and use them instead.
1 star from me for this
Here's a lovely example of Nintendo cashing in on the weaknesses of their own products. We had WiiMotion Plus released because the motion sensing wasn't up to scratch, and we had remotes and nunchuks released and seperately, because this "family console" only came with one.
Now we've got the Powerplay Dual Charging Station, where you can charge your Wii Remotes when they start to get low on battery. Most people have a battery charger and some rechargables kicking about their house anyway, so all you're really getting for your nine pounds is saving a bit of time taking the batteries out of your remote, since the Docking Station can charge your batteries through the remote.
These docking stations look ugly as hell. All the peripherals for the Wii build up very quickly and take up loads of space. As if this weren't bad enough, we've got this off-white, tacky modern art piece to endure. Completely unnecessary. They're pretty slow to charge the remotes, and there isn't even a progress meter to let you know how its going. This is just a slow, ugly battery charger that you can only use for one purpose.
Not only is it ugly, expensive and pointless, with impossibly low functionality. Its also been known to damage the rechargables themselves, and even to BLOW UP. - I've read some very unpleasant statistics about these things. Personally I wouldn't want such a volatile appliance anywhere in my house, let alone next to my television and consoles. Avoid, if you want to save yourself some money, and not burn your house down.
I purchased one of these shortly after buying my wii. As you may well know the wii eats through batteries like no tomorrow so a dock like this can be a useful solution.
So what's in the box? If you decide to purchase one of these you'll get:
Two battery pack covers
The dock has a USB cable which plugs into the back of the wii console, you simply put the batteries into the battery pack and put them in the dock to charge. Charging takes over an hour so if you're in the middle of a game and run out of power it can be slightly annoying.
This is a nice way to store your wii remotes when they're not in use.
I no longer use my dock, the battery life just got shorter and shorter, I'm sure you could replace the rechargeable batteries with new ones and it would be fine.
Really this is no more than a fancy battery charger. In my opinion you're better off buying a normal battery charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries. That way you can just replace them and carry on playing when your batteries run out.
Anyone who has a Wii will tell you that no matter what game your playing, its addictive! By this is mean that sessions on this console are rarely short and when getting into these long sessions it doesn't take long to notice that these tiny controllers your holding are actually drinking the batteries dry! Batteries when bought regularly can cost quite an amount of money! So another way of powering them is necessary!
The first option would be to of course resort to rechargeable batteries, these work perfectly with the remotes and do not require constant spending after initially purchasing the batteries and charging unit of course. There is a however a slight problem with these in that once you have drained the rechargeable batteries it can take quite a while before they are fully charged again and ready to use which means having to wait when you may be wanting to play!
Any finally of course the power play charging station! The usual expectations with console 'add ons' is that they are going to be expensive but you'll be forced to spend the money anyway as its something you ultimately need to make things easier! This is quite an exception to that rule! This unit allows you to charge not just one but two controllers at the same time! a full charge from nothing takes around 4 hours which isn't bad comparing to that of most rechargeable batteries and also means you can use one controller while the other is on charge!
The unit keeps the controllers looking tidy however there is a real major flaw in this unit! It doesn't charge by any other way rather then connecting it to the wii console itself!? It can't be plugged into the mains on the wall and of course for the unit to receive any power the console must be turned on, so charging both remotes will require the console to be on meaning you probably wont have any left to use!
Overall for the price its a great buy that i would recommend but it would be nice if it could be used with a mains power as well!
After about a year since the purchase of my Wii, the batteries it went through could power the whole of Norway! It chews them up in an instant.
Which is why I would definitely recommend the Official Wii charging Station.
The charging station can charge 1 or 2 Wii remotes Consecutively, although I find myself occasionally pressing the 1 and 2 buttons to enable it to work. Also It keeps Wii remotes organised and effecient instead of on my floor waiting for the accident which one day was going to happen.
Come's with Instructions incase one is clueless on how it operates and what to do. Also being
In my opinion A great bargain for money! for only £10 at Argos, it can save you heaps of money if you are planning to use your Wii frequently in the long run.
Also it is a lot better than recharge-able batteries - believe me I've tried them and they take a long time to charge up to full power. Which can limit the hours you spend on your Wii, this does not however as it can charge in as little as 4 hours or less.
It is much more effecient economy-wise which is great, however I do get the feeling that Nintendo are trying to milk money out of Consumer's and that they should Include the charging station in the Wii's price
Also another downside is that it isn't main's Operated(plugs into a socket) and it only charges when the Wii is on! what a shame that is and I will knock a star off for that. It plugs directly into your Wii via USB for those who are wondering
On the whole however a great product - should create two versions of this however - mains operated and through the console.
Thanks for reading
I was rather chuffed (thats a good thing) when I got a Wii from my lovely mother for my birthday. She knows how to keep her 21 year old happy! She was also kind enough to buy me a charging station to go with it (Yes, you have to buy them seperatley and there are a few different ones out there)
Straight away I hooked it up to my Wii, a scarily easy experience for me, I had expected it to be some sort of uber crazy set up regime. Thankfully not the case (You go Nintendo!!) The docking station has one (thats 1, count em) wire that plugs right into your USB socket on the back of the Wii and you are ready to roll. Or jump around like an idiot. Or smash your bulbs....hmm...Anyway!
The station I have has space for 2 (more counting!) controllers to charge in and space for one nunchuck (a little extra addon to the basic controller that needs no charging) to sit on.
Aesthetically it's as pleasing as the Wii its self, coming in the same shiney white colour with a nice smooth shape to it. It has two small lights next to your controllers to tell you if / when they are charged too (which comes in handy)
Along with this docking station came a handy little contraption. Basically a little unit that fits into the battery slot of your Wii controller with what is obviously the housing for the rechargable batteries. It has two small metal strips on it, about a centimeter high and half a centimeter across each, so it doesnt ruin the look of the controller in the slightest. This makes me a happy gamer!
There was a sheet of paper one *may* call an instruction manual...it had pictures and words, but I cannot recall any of it being usefull in setting this up. Just as well its easy!
Problem number one:
Don't expect to be able to play your Wii any time soon. I was not really blessed with any sort of patience so I attempted jumping right into gaming with a half assed charge behind me. Needless to say this did not work. Fortunatley this is more a problem with the user, not the product. It takes a good couple of hours to build up a full charge the first time you use it as I suppose is only to be expected. (grumble, moan)
Thankfully now that the thing is charged I pretty much let it live in the docking station (when I'm not kicking some sweet, sweet zelda shaped butt or blowing some zombies to bits) so it's always there for me when I need to take out some gaming frustrations.
Problem number two:
If you like the little rubber skins that go with the remote, this causes a bit of hassle when trying to charge. Nintendo obviously don't approve of you being naughty and using rechargables so none of the skins take account of the forementioned metal strips that are so vital to your charge. You CAN peel the skin off a bit to sit it in the charger, but my experience of the skins is that they aren't all that durable when you're pulling the on and off.
Thankfully for me, I nearly killed myself trying to get a skin on to a remote only to have it snap at every point conceivable, so it's not really a problem now that I refuse to use them!
Problem number 3:
It teases me by having two slots whilst I only have one remote. Again thats more MY problem (grumble, moan)
As another little handy function it comes with a USB port in the back of the Docking station its self, so, if you so wish to be horribly mean to me and get 4 remotes when I only have the one, you can connect another docking station directly into the back of the first one rather easily.
Over all its a rather fantastic gadget thats currently saving my crazy self the price of a million and five batteries. It looks good and (after some searching) doesn't cost a full arm and a leg (around about £20 depending on where you go)
Serious gamers, go buy yourself this! Non serious gamers...give your Wii to someone who deserves it.
(also on ciao)
Rechargable battery docking station for the wii remote. The rechargeable batteries replaces the need for standard batteries. The docking station recharges and stores your Wii remotes when It's not being used, ensuring your Wii remotes are always ready for action. Connects directly to your Nintendo Wii via USB.