“ Manufacturer: Sony / Type: Charging Unit / Compatible: PlayStation 3 „
One of my most hated things about the PS3 is that for some reason, Sony decided to make the controllers only possible to charge via the PS3 or a computer, USB mains adapters will not work. I think this may be a ploy to make you have to purchase one fo their special charging products such as this one to prevent you wasting all of your electricity bill on leaving your PS3 on to charge a couple of controllers.
As I have mentioned, this adapter allows you to charge controllers via a mains socket using the included standard UK wall plug. Charge time is the same, more or less, as it is in the PS3 or computer - around 30-40 minutes from empty to full. You can also do half-charges if you don't have time to wait or you are too excited to play the new Sports Champions move game.
I was really impressed with the quality of the device, it was very solid and robust. It seemed as if no corners had been cut in designing or manufacturing it at all. It is compact which means it will not take up a large amount of space on your desk, table floor or wherever you choose to put it. You also do not have to worry about it falling off wherever you put it thanks to it gripping base which prevents it slipping of almost all surfaces easily.
Having two spaces fro controller simultaneously means that for a single player, you will be fully prepared to game within one cycle. However if you have more than one set of controller flat at any one time, you must do a minimum of two cycles to get them all charged up - in this case you may benefit from buying a 4 controller station instead.
As an owner of 2 Move Controllers and 1 Navigation Controller, which I have both reviewed, the regular need for charging the Controllers gets annoying. Seeing as most of the Playstation 3 models have 2 USB ports, the chances are that if you own the Move Pack, one of those USB ports will have your Playstation Eye and the other will have the charging cable. One charging cable for 2 Move Controllers, 1 Navigation Controller and 1 standard DualShock 3 Controller simply isn't feasible as it's time consuming and electricity wasting. Instead of making PS3 models with 5 or so USB ports, Sony stepped in to solve this problem by making the official Sony Playstation Move Charging Unit, a device which plugs in to an electrical socket.
The appearance of this charger is darn impressive. The bottom and sides are a very coarse, matte black and the top of it is a wonderfully reflective glossy black, one which I'm too nervous to touch because I get the feeling fingerprints will accumulate in no time. A Sony and Playstation Move logo are also to be found at the top. Two ports are at the top, where the Controllers are to be placed. What's good about it is that 2 Controllers can be charged at the same time as well as one standalone, unlike some of the unofficial chargers by Game or Venom, which I've heard can only do one at a time. A blinking red light will appear to tell you whether the Controllers are connected properly and will stay stationary to say it's fully charged. Charging times for the Navigation Controller and Move Controller are different, as the Navigation Charger is at full battery quicker than the Move Controller.
The packaging is nothing more fancy than a standard cardboard box, with inner cardboard protecting the contents. Besides that fine print instruction booklet is the plug, which is similar to the PSP charger, in that one end is the plug and the other end is the pin which goes in the back of the charger, with a base in the middle. The wire is stupidly short, so you're better off charging it on the floor than trying to put it on a shelf or table.
As you would have gathered from the title, the Move Charging Unit is far from cheap. Then again, you can't really put a price on these things. I bought it from Game for £19.99 after seeing it was the same price in GameStation and a fiver more at HMV. Game have a couple of more cheaper Charging Units not made by Sony, including one with 4 ports, but I thought it would have been sensible to pay more for quality than quantity. I'm not sure how much these are now in the mentioned stores, but it's on for a penny shy of £18 on Amazon and Play, £19.85 on the very reliable ShopTo.net and £22.99 on the HMV website.