“ Dual Charging Station with 2 x 2800 mAH rechargeable battery packs & LED light for Wii Remote Control / White „
We have 2 Wii remotes and we are always playing on the console and we soon learned not to put standard batteries in our remotes as it seemed to eat them, but even with the rechargeable batteries they were still running down quickly. We looked at a few remote chargers and the most highly rated were the Tecknet PG-Wi081's. We got these from Argos and were very happy.
They come with 2 alternative Wii remote battery packs that fix into your remote and then when you place the remotes in the docking station they charge back up directly from the the station. The docking station is connected to your Wii via a cable and unfortunately only works when the Wii is turned on which is a bit of a down side. But they charge the remotes up quickly and the blue flashing lights tell you when they are fully charged. It is a very convenient gadget to have if you always are playing on the Wii.
It is easy to install, you just have to plug a lead into the back of the station and connect the other end to your Wii and your off. So easy! It also looks nice and matches the white Wii console perfectly! Just be warned that if you remote has the in-built motion plus this docking station will not work and if you have the motion plus plugged into your standard Wii remote you need to take that off first, along with any of the protective sheaths.
The wii remote charger has been one of the best accessories we bought for our wii so far! It's cheap and saves you a load on buying batteries for your wii remotes.
We bought our charging deck for about £10 give or take, but we got it when it first came out just about so we paid a little more.
However it can now be bought for just £5.14 free delivery from Play.com!
There's a newer charging stand being sold at HMV which may be why this one has gone down in price, but to be fair they do the same job!
The charging stand is certainly worth the money! I would pay up to £20 for one of these things as they save you a lot of money!
On average, you can end up spending around £5 a month on wii remote batteries, easily more for those using more than two remotes.
So, you can grab yourself ones of these for the price you'd spend on batteries, and never have to buy batteries again!
The product; ....
With this stand, you get two rechargeable batteries which fit into the slots of the wii remotes where the usual batteries would go, and two backs so the remotes can be charged with the backs still on. You only get enough batteries for two remotes so if you own more, you'd have to get yourself a few more. But these can be bought cheap from many places.
The stand is very lightweight and comes in white to match with the colour of your wii.
The two slots are just big enough to hold the remotes; the remotes sit tightly into the slots to ensure they can't fall out of place easily.
If you have the hand safety straps on your remotes, these can be left on whilst charging however you have to make sure these are pulled forward when inserting the remotes otherwise the remotes won't fit onto the charging prods properly.
There are two lights for each remote slot, a light which shows when the charging stand is turned on (plugged in) and a light to show when the remotes are charging... which is helpful as this is a good indicator to show when you have properly plugged your remotes in.
The charging prods are found in the middle of the dock rather than on the bottom like normal chargers. This is because there are metal areas on the back cases which you get with the charging dock and the charge goes straight through the back to the batteries, rather than up the bottom.
The charging dock is very easy to use however it is sometimes a little tricky to get the remotes to stand right on the dock, especially with the safety hand straps in the way. You have to really make sure the remotes go right down to the bottom.
The charging stand has to be plugged into the back of the wii console when in use which is one thing I don't like about it.
If your remotes are out of charge, you obviously won't have your wii on will you? Well this charging stand requires you to!
The stand connects to the wii through a USB cable which means you can also use your PC or Laptop to power up the stand and charge your remote.
When our wii is normally played, only one person is using it meaning the other remote can be charged whilst the wii is on.
When the batteries are fully charged you can normally get about 4 or 5 hours of play out of them, which... if you're using the remotes for 2 hours a day, that's almost 3 days play time.
So on average, the remotes will need to be charged every 2 to 3 days if you are using the Wii every day.
However not many people use their wii every single day, so in reality you will only need to charge your remotes properly once a week.
But to be fair, I wouldn't even mind if the batteries only last for 2 hours as it's saving us a whole lot of money!
I would recommend this charging stand to EVERYBODY with a wii, you don't need a spare plug and it saves you a whole lot of money from buying batteries for your remotes.
It also makes a great present to buy for Christmas as many people have the wii, but not everybody knows about this great saver!
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We bought this charger to save having to change the batteries on our Nintendo Wii controllers. The normal batteries did last a long time but we bought this so we didn't have to worry about the battery power running out whilst we were playing.
There is two re-chargeable battery packs that you fit onto the back of the controller where the throw away batteries use to be, the docking station has 2 slots to put the controllers in and a light comes on while they are charging, the docking station is connected to the consoles USB ports.
It is useful if one person is playing, what I do if I am on it on my own and the battery runs out I would take the battery pack of the back of the other one and put it on the controller I am using so I can put the other one on charge.
The downside is that it only charges whilst the nintendo wii is on, it doesn't charge when it is on standby. So if there is 2 of you playing and one runs out you will have to stop playing while you wait for it to charge.
It is a good product but would be better if there was an adaptor you could plug in to a normal socket to charge.
We have had the wii for over a year now and have used packets and packets of batteries well we decided enough was enough and as we were recycling everything else we would cut down on batteries too and try a rechargable docking station for the wii, we had a few worries mainly on how long the hand sets would hold their charge as the wii is used by all the family here and often for a few hours in the evening with the kids bowling etc but we need not have worried.
We ordered this off the net and we paid just over £6.00 with free delivery which was a bargain we thought, it came as promised within two working days and we set it up and read instruction books and replaced the disposable batteries with the battery packs and put it to charge for 12 hours for the first charge, when the batteries are fully charged the lights turn from red to blue which usually takes approx 4 hours the charger is run off the wii's power supply, in all honesty we have no complaints about this product it saves us buying batteries constantly and the kids always have a charged remote.
There have been some worries of these docking stations causing problems with the wii but we have never had a days problem with it and all our family and friends have bought one too which has to be a good thing for the enviroment £6.00 or £4.00 a week on batteries theres no comparison really is there.
When I first got my Wii I was worried about the batteries on the Wii remotes running out and ending up spending alot of money on batteries. However I saw this product and decided to buy it.
I've had this charger station since I got my Wii a couple of years ago. It's very easy to set up and uses the main power going into the Wii. You then simply put the battery packs that come with it (you get 2) into the back of each Wii remote and then stand the wii remote in the station.
This charging station has a light for each remote plugged into it, a red light indicates they're charging, green means fully charged and then I usually just turn the power off at the socket.
It isn't without problems though, sometimes the connector's can be a pain and don't match the connections on the battery pack, meaning sometimes you have to fiddle about with them to get the red charging lights to appear, but then it sometimes goes off again as soon as you let go. This can get extremely frustrating! Once you have it set though, it'll sit there charging nicely.
I'm a bit concerned after reading other reviews on other websites which say this charging station broke their Wii Remotes. Mine however have never broken or had any problems, and hopefully it won't happen!
Another problem I've had is when I took my wii remotes to a friend's house to play on their Wii. I had to sync my wii remotes up to their wii but when the battery pack is in the back of the wii remote you can't press the red sync button! This is a very silly design flaw. I had to borrow the normal batteries from my friend's remotes and pop them in the back to sync up the remotes, then put the battery pack in. Of course once I brought my wii remotes home again I had to dig out batteries from my TV remote to sync them back up again!
This charging station does save wonderfully on batteries but it has niggles which TeckNet need to sort out and bring out a better version of this charging station.
You can currently buy this charging station for £6.99 on Amazon, good value.