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What it is? The wii balance board is a large platform that plugs into your Wii console and you stand on. The board can weigh you, you can play dance games or exercise on it and improve your balance and posture. Cost I have seen the board in black and white. Online they retail at around £69 new. The prices seem to vary quite a lot from place to place and they are often on offer so it is well worth shopping around for. There are also many cheaper versions around which are not official Nintendo boards but I can't comment on how good they are in comparison with the official board. Weight and dimensions I find the box bulky and the board rather heavy at 3.5kg without the box, so you wouldn't want to buy it at the start of a shopping trip and carry the big box around all day. Th board is just over 20 x 12 inches. It is just over 2 inches deep and just fits under my television cabinet which is great for storage when I'm not using it. How To Use The board plugs into your Nintendo Wii console using a USB cable. I like the fact that it is powered from batteries as you only need your Wii console and television plugged into an electrical socket and I find many other console accessories come with so many cables they can create a mess. It takes 4 AA batteries or you can use a rechargeable battery pack. The batteries are supposed to last for 60 hours which I think is good as I don't use my board for more than around an hour a day so they last a couple of months. There is a large power button which has a blue light that comes on when the power is on. It's very simple to set up by plugging in and turning on the power, any more set up required is for each game and you will get instructions on the screen on when to step on or off the game. Games There are many games available which can be used with the balance board. Wii fit comes with the board in most packages and includes both games and exercises to keep you fit. For a more exercise than games based workout another game you can buy is EA Sports Active. Sports games available for the board include skiing, snowboarding, skate boarding and many more. There are also many dance games available including Zumba dance workouts and Just Dance. My Opinion I think that anybody who has or is considering buying a Wii console should definitely opt for a package with a balance board. They can be bought for a good price, especially if bought used and many games shops sell used consoles which still come with some kind of guarantee. I think the board adds a lot to the overall experience of the Wii, is good fun for all ages and can be used for both fitness and fun. I know a few people who bought a board and never took it out of the box. I'm sure if they did they would be using it regularly as I personally do as I find the board games more fun than the normal console games. I was amazed by the sensitivity of it and when you are on the board you actually feel like you are doing the sport or game on the screen. Even though the board itself does not move, you get the feeling that you are moving and controlling the board just be shifting your weight on it. I find it very accurate and realistic. If children are using the board you might want to keep an eye on them at first as it's easy to lose your balance on it. Also, you are not supposed to jump on the board and it can be very tempting to jump especially when playing games such as ski jumping when all is required in bending and straightening your legs rather than actually jumping. I love my board and use it often!
I bought a wii several years ago and enjoyed it immensly. After that I began hankering after the wii fit. It took me a while to make the decision to spend so much money and buy one. Price The board cost about £80 on offer and came with wii fit game. Weight Limit Initially I was pretty worried about the weight limit, a few years ago I was very heavy, over 20 stone, so I was concerned this wouldn't take my weight but I've never had any problems and since I weigh a lot less now - thanks to the wii fit, I'm happy! Ease of Use It's fairly easy to set up. Just put in the batteries, insert wii fit and turn on the wii and select your game. It will tell you to sync the board, you will see the sync button on the wii and inside the battery compartment of the wii board. Games There are plenty of mini games on the wii fit disc, from yoga to hula-hooping, but there isn't a great choice in actual other games out there. I had hoped that they would bring out more games to play, but there isn't a great choice and it can get boring. Effectiveness It is after all called wiifit. Did I get fit? Yes, I actually did get fit. I was doing yoga every morning and using another game with the balance board to do cardio 4 times a week and I lost 70 pounds in about 10 months! So really it did what I bought it for. Overall I have enjoyed having the wii balance board, but I am disappointed they haven't improved the games for the board and there are better things out there now - such as the xbox kinect which I am tempted to buy. I hardly ever use my board now, except as a scale as it's very accurate. But it's very expensive for just a scale.
The Wii Balance Board was introduced by Nintendo in 2007 and was an instant hit. We scoured the shops and internet for one and it had sold out within days of its release. We finally found one on the Game website which came as part of a bundle with the Wii Fit game. You can now get these for under £100 from Amazon, Play.com, Game and many more but but at the time out package was well over £100. The board is white in colour and is the size of large catalogue -a Next catalogue comes to mind. It has 4 pads on the bottom on each corner that raise it a few cm off the floor. It is white - you can also buy it in Black now - and is in a stong plastic. It takes 4 AA Batteries and I would advise using rechargable batteries as it seems to get through standard batteries quickly. Rechargable batteries seem to last much longer and you can now buy recharging packs for the board as well. We bought a protective cover for our board as well just to stop it scratching and this offers more grip so I would recommend getting one of these. The Wii Balance Board syncs with your Wii wirelessly for first use the same way your Wii Remote does. It has on button with a blue LED to show when it is on. The Wii board turns itself off if you don't use it for a few minutes. The board was an accessory developed specifically for the Wii. It uses a pressure sensitive thats picks up movement, weight and any shifts in balance so when your playing a compatible game you can really get invoved with the game playing. It reacts quickly to your movements and picks up the smalles sfhifts in weight.It works extreamly well with the Wii Fit and Wii Fit+ games and also I have found the EA Active games also use this board well. But there does seem to be a limited amount of games that are catered towards it. Its processing of information is immediate. It never loses its connection to the console, but does switch off if you leave it a matter of minutes, but if you switch it back on it registers straight away. It really makes you exercise more and is great as a follow on from Wii Sports. It allows you to do Yoga, Step Classes and Balance games while registering your every movement helping you to tone, exercise and improve your balance The board is very easy to install, you just sync it to your console and insert the game. It is very easy to use aswell and you simply stand on the board and follow the games instructions. It looks nice and sleek, it matches you Wii console in its gloss plastic design. It is very slim and sill easily slide beneath your TV stand etc, but despite its thin sleek design it is very strong and sturdy!
The wii balance board was released originally as an accessory for users to play on the wii fit, this is the package that I received. Since its release Nintendo have also created other games that the balance board can be used with in order to make this a more versatile accessory. **Design** The design of the board is pretty basic in its appearance. It is shaped like a rectangle which measures approximately 50 cm by 30cm. I have found the size to be just right in order for the user to feel comfortable during game play as you are given plenty of space to stand on the board and move around with the game. The board is flat and does not move during game play due to the little feet that are on the bottom of the board. It is recommended that you only use the balance board on a hard surface or a thin carpet otherwise it will not operate correctly. I have used this board on a rug and it seems to work fine but it is understandable that using the balance board whilst it is sat on a cushion that it is not going to work. The board itself is white in colour and so can get a bit grubby. In order to clean it I have found that a quick wipe down with a damp cloth, polish or a wet wipe does the job. **Using the board** The board operates with four AA batteries which are supposed to give the board power for about 60 hours. I have not personally times how long the batteries have lasted but I can say that they do last a long time. I use rechargeable batteries in mine so that when they do run out I can give them a quick charge and then they are ready to go again. In order to sync the balance board with your wii you simply press the button which is located on the back, easy as pie. During game play I have found that the balance board is very accurate. It reads my movements very well and can calculate other aspects of my body such as my weight exactly. **Price and availability** Strangely it costs more to buy the wii balance board on its own that with the wii fit on some websites. The bundle with the game and board costs around £30 which I think is a complete bargain considering when I first got the bundle it was around £70-£80. **Conclusion** I really enjoy using the wii balance board. I think it is very well designed and provides a different gaming experience as well as a fun exercise experience. This one deserves the full 5 stars. --also on ciao--
I bought the board with the wii fit plus game for £79.99 from Amazon.co.uk. The board is of a decent shape and size and it's not too big or bulky so you can easily keep it in the living room. The board itself is strong, strudy and durable. It can be wiped clean with a soft damp cloth and it can also be used alongside some fitness games i.e. Mel B Fitness. I think it looks quite nice, sleek and elegant. The only downside to the board, for me, is the fact that it EATS batteries. I would recommend that you use batteries that can be re charged, otherwise you will pretty much be changing the batteries constantly. I found this a little frustrating so I went out and bought some Energizer batteries that I could charge. By buying these it also saved me a lot of money! You will need four AA batteries that fit into a slot at the bottom of the board. The board can be raised by buying some add-ons to it. These can be bought on Amazon.co.uk. They are little feet that attach to the bottom of the board, raising the board to make some of the exercises more complex. I bought some and I use them frequently as the board isn't very high on it's own. You don't get much of an effect using it without the feet (especially on the exercise games, i.e step-up). The board is also VERY heavy so don't drop it on your feet or anything! A great game accessory.
If you have a Nintendo Wii you will probably already know the endless possibilities and accessories available to you. One of the options is the Wii Fit Balance Board which can be purchased as an optional extra. The Wii Fit Balance Board is basically similar to a set of scales - Four pressure feet (one on each corner) calculate your balance and movement whilst you stand on it. The game currently being offered alongside the Wii Fit Balance Board is called Wii Fit Plus. The game allows you to set up a fitness regime which actually takes note of how often you undertake your routine which can be easily set up. Fitness goals are also extremely easy to set up with exercises for everyone. You have the option of doing cardiovascular exercises such as running or even muscular exercises which can help to increase your flexibility. The board is ideal for people of all ages. My mum even enjoys using the step up exercise where you step up and down in time with animated characters on the screen. One feature which is great for parties is the range of games available for when you are not in the mood for carrying out routines. These include ski slalom, ski jumping, kayaking and much more. ~ Disadvantages ~ The Wii Fit board is great for those who want to exercise whilst having fun. One thing I will say though is that the Wii Fit board is not that good for extreme athletes. Apart from stretching I find that a lot of the exercises do not push your body enough when you are used to going on long runs for example - This just depends on the user however. ~ Verdict ~ The Wii really does push the boundaries in terms of gaming. The Wii Fit Board is great for parties or even just a bit of fun after work. It is great for starting out if you are looking to get fit but I cannot see people training on it for a marathon. The stretching however is great for everyone and you will be amazed at how many exercises you can learn from using the Wii Fit Board.
The balance board is actually really good. I was a bit skeptic at first, but when I tried it out, I thought it was really good fun. It really does pick up any slight movement that you make, meaning that you can really get a good work out on it. I suppose it is possible to cheat on it, but you don't really want to when you get into it, cause it takes away the point of having the wii fit. All of the games of great fun, and you really feel like you are part of the actual game. It's fantastic if you want a daily work out, and also great if you've got a few friends or family members over. You do look a bit weird on some of the games, so if you are a bit conscious about that sort of thing, then you'd be best to use it on your own,, but otherwise, it can be a bit funny!
I purchased the wii fit almost on release. I was realistic with my expectations that this would not be a fantastic fitness tool but wanted it for the enjoyment and the games that came with it. For a while its great fun, fantastic innovative technology that you might expect from Nintendo and some good, addictive games to come with it. However, after using it for a few months, it became quite boring. I think this is partly due to the fact that the Wii is a "party" console. Its great to have a group of friends around and play some 2-4 player games. With the wii fit its one at a time. It can be fun, but quite boring for large groups. The Wii fit itself has some good fitness programs and progress tracker. Although the more "physical" games are quite boring and I tend to use my whole time playing the balance games as they are more fun! One great purchase along with the wii fit was a snowboarding game, it really put the wii fit board to good use. However, I think Microsoft may have leapt ahead with the Kinect technology, although the wii will still remain an original family favourite. Kinect allows more people to be involved unlike the Wii board.
The Wii fit board I purchased when in conjunction with the Wii. It offered a whole new gaming experience, instead of having a controller, it literally puts you in the game, and you can use a whole range of yourself to play along - e.g. your legs and arms - it's not at all about using your fingers with small buttons! The balance board works with the Wii fit games (and now the new fit plus), not with the standard games you can purchase. The Wii reads what motions you do, e.g. lift up your leg in stretching - and then acts in out on screen. A favourite of mine is the 'skiing' games, where you bend your knees to go faster and slower to go round the course. It helps with balance too - you can walk a tightrope using your arms to help keep you straight. Very modern, up to date and completely innovative. It's not all play, play, play with this board though. Whereas that is important it is about the fitness as well, and it is very talented board too and it follows your individual progress. It recommends you play it every day or at least a few times a week, but I play it about 3 times, but over busy times it's more like twice a month! But that's fine, it still tracks your progress with no problems. The best thing about the Wii fit and board is that you set your own goals - so for example for how long you want to lose weight/gain weight or whether you want to continue at what you weigh now. It has a very user friendly screen, perfect for you to select up and down and get the date you want to reach it by. This can be done around your BMI as well, so it actually recommends you what to do if you are unsure. It then uses to some fantastic technology and displays graphs of how to achieve your set goals, and displays your daily progress. It also works with your Wii fit age - so if are 20 years older it helps you too bring your age to what you really are! These graphs can be put against other peoples such as family, so it can be a competition too! The more time you spend on games on the balance board, e.g. Yoga, running etc, you gain credits which unlock further challenges. Such as hula hooping! Main activities --> To first find out your Wii age, and balance capabilities there are many set activities such as: Centre or balance - you are asked to stand perfectly still on the board in the middle, so the board can pick up your movements, and therefore how balanced you are. BMI --> This is a fantastic addition, and the technology can tell you accurately I believe what your Body Mass Index is, and then what category that falls into like normal, over and under. Classes taught on this program are: Yoga, which is there to help you improve your balance. Strength training, which aims to build up muscle and tone gently Balance games, which refer to the 'hula hooping', walking the tightrope ect, all fun and interesting ways to keep you entertained whilst keeping you fit. Aerobics, you don't need the board for this, but it requires the controller to be placed in your pocket for most of these sessions to record your speed and how well you can run for example in 3 minutes. For these you have your own 'training mentor' a person you choose to teach you new stretches and positions. However, with some certain stretches you do need a lot of space in your room, so it is recommend not to be used in a small space. The size of the board is 3.5kg. The dimensions of the board are 511mm (20.1in) wide by 316mm (12.4in) long by 53.2mm (2.1 in) thick, so keep this is mind when storing it too! The battery life of the balance board is quite good, lasting for around 10 weeks in my opinion if used a couple of hours a few times a week. It uses 4 AA batteries, and there is a sensor button so that it connects to the sensor therefore tracking your motions well. The overall condition of my Balance board is still very very good, you can tell this is a quality product. I have had it for around a year and 4 months now, and it is still like new. But I do keep it in the box to protect it. The cost of the balance board varies. You can buy it in a bundle so collectively £210 onwards, or separately for around £80. But second hand is worth looking into, especially if you are looking for it for some fun and to play on the games. I think this product is fantastic, it offers a dedicated training, working and fitness guide, meaning that opportunities for exercise in your home and monitoring weight becomes more accessible. Also, just with the power of new games like ski jumping that you can really get involved in, it a brilliant idea. Lovely gadget.
I bought a wii fit to use at home rather than venturing out to the gym or using fitness DVD's. Initially I only used the game it came with. The wii balance board can weigh you and give you a 'fitness age' based on your response to some simple challenges involving balance. The more time you spend playing the wii fit game the more excercises you can unlock. The yoga section on the game is fun, it's not too strenuous but it is great if your like me and not very fit. There is also a section for fitness which has lunges, squats and crunches. I found this section the most challenging out of the whole game. The more hours you rack up on the wii fit the more reps you can choose to do. If you are looking to get fit then this is not really the best way, it's fun and a good laugh in a group. If you are looking for something more challenging I suggest getting EA Sports Active. The one section I really liked on the wii fit game was the stepping section, you use the board as a step and you can choose how long you would like to step then turn the TV over to watch something else while the wii remote prompts you to step. This is fab as you can watch Eastenders and step for 20 minutes! The only problem I had was that the wii fit board was not high enough off the ground to make an impact. However I have since seen that you can buy blocks to put under the wii fit board to make it higher! This does work the legs and the bum a lot more! I would recommend the wii fit for someone new to fitness or perhaps a mum who doesn't have the time to go to the gym but would like to excercise at home. It's definately worth the money. I would however recommend investing in a rechargable battery as normal batteries seem to run out quite quickly and this can be costly.
After finally getting myself a Wii console, my next buy had to be the Wii Fit Balance Board. I managed to grab myself a nice bargain when I bought mine, and it came with the Wii Fit game (although I later went on to buy the Wii Fit Plus game for more extras) The balance board is a white, slightly raised board that looks almost like a set of weighing scales. If you look closely, the board is 'divided' into 4 parts, and has two slightly lowered foot 'holes'. The board takes 4 AA batteries, or you can buy a rechargeable battery pack. Before you connect it to your Wii console for the first time, you have to sync them together. This is done with the sync button on both the concole and the board, and you do get instructions on how to connect them properly. Using the board with the Wii Fit gane, I got the chance to import my own Mii into the game and then you are taken through some options to sort your balance and weight out. Once the board has registered you, you stand on the board, and the technology weighs you, and checks your balance. You are then shown this on the screen and there are games to help improve your balance and keep fit. There are many accessories available for the balance board. You can buy silicone skins whic help improve the grip on the board, mats to lay the board on so it doesnt slip on the floor, you can also buy extra feet which give the board more height for using games like step aerobics. Its not just the Wii Fit games that require the balance board, there are a few other Wii games out there in which you can use the balance board too, so it makes it worth the while when you are not just restricted to being able to use it with just two games. I find it good for weighing myself, and more accurate than my old bathroom scales. Its a greta piece of equipment, very clever and is great for getting you up and active. I am not quite so convinced the board is improving my balance, I have been using it for a few months and my balance never seems to be what the board decides is spot on. Personally I think they need to keep releasing games that are balance board compatible, for months when the board first came out I knew lots of people who had one and lost interest so ended up selling their boards. If they continue to release more material to play on it with its a good buy, and gets everyone up and active.
The Wii balance board could have been mistaken as just another in a long line of hardware gimmicks that Nintendo have released for their casual gaming console. But when they started talking about how this board could be used as a means to keep fit- people took notice. All Wii Balance Boards come with the Wii Fit/ Wii Fit Plus game (depending when you bought it). I am aware of other games that use the Balance Board, but i haven't used them. It is great to help those who want to keep a degree of fitness but cannot or do not feel comfortable exercising in public. The price is pretty reasonable. Considering it comes with a game included, I find £70 quite good value. I am pretty sure, however, you could get it for cheaper nowadays, since I bought it over a year ago. You are not paying for rubbish either, the board is pretty heavy and it does feel sturdy. The balance board is white all over which is very in keeping with all other Wii hardware. And although the Wii now comes in red and black, I am not aware of the balance board coming in any different colours. The balance board can be used in a variety of different ways. It is very user friendly and can be used by anyone of any age. It can take weights of up to 150kg and can be used as scales, not only to weigh people but pets or even luggage. The footprint of the balance board is relatively small- about the size of a doormat. Although to play balance board games it is recommended to clear as large a space as possible in the room you are using the balance board as you do have to step off of it in order to play most of the Wii Fit games. It is the sensors inside the Wii balance board that makes it great for fitness games. They must be very sensitive as the Wii Fit software can judge how good your posture is by the weight distrubution of your feet. There are lots of games in which you are required to shift your weight around the board and even the slightest change in whether you are leaning left or right has a big effect on what happens on screen. The balance board requires 4xAA batteries in order to work. It does come with batteries included and I did find that they do last quite a long time. I would recommend that you buy batteries designed for heavy consumption as cheaper batteries will only last a couple of uses witht he balance board. I do find the Wii balance board a novelty. However, it has an advantage over a fitness video as there is an element of feedback with the balance board- if your weight distribution is wrong, it will let you know. It is good for a bit of fun, and it at least gets you on your feet!
When I have been using the Nintendo Wii you notice how many various gadgets and gizmos it has for it and sometimes you never pay much attention to them. With the Wii Fit game you need a Wii fit board and this board is unique in many ways. You have a gadget which will work with the Nintendo Wii console which can weigh you and register movements all by a blue tooth type link. I was looking at this device and wondering If I could use it because I weight 19 stones and I am constantly at the gym and I know I am a freak when it comes to fitness so I never knew if the board had a limit and I was told it did up to 21 stone or around 330 pounds. I was relieved and the reason the board is good is because it helps support people who weigh slightly more then everyone else. The actual design is odd it kind of looks like a platform when it is placed on the floor and it is very even as well. The design is done to make people feel comfortable when using it because every movement is done via the pressure pad underneath the top service so when you move onto it the system registers the movement you made. I first used this item in my spare bedroom which sadly has a thick carpet and the results were poor the Wii console kept failing to notice my movements so I moved it to my laminated flooring and it noticed my moves so it needs a soft and yet even surface. I have enjoyed playing my Wii Fit on the board but I have struggled to find other usages for the item because not many other games seem to need it so unless you have the Wii fit game this might seem pointless. Yes you do need it for the Wii fit game but even some of those games do not require the Wii Fit board at all. Connecting to your console is easy you get told when to turn the power on and how to enable the device to notice each other via the helpful booklet included. I think more games should be used for this system as it seems to me only one or two exist and they need more for a board which in theory can be quite expensive. I think the way it is built with thickness and plenty of weight means it lasts a long time. I think the other problem might be that although the device notices your movements and helps you lose weight (which is does) I just think it could be more used and it is a great product overall. The device takes four batteries and they last a while but I have used the expensive brand names when doing this and I like the fact that you can easily insert them and how long they can last for. I paid for the board and game quite a few months ago now for around £75 which seems expensive to me for what it offers.
I bought my Wii Balance Board a few years ago in a set with the Wii Fit game, I think it cost around £70, which was pretty standard at the time. You can buy them a little cheaper now, and the price varies more so it is worth shopping around for one. You can probably get one for £50 now, maybe even cheaper on sites such as eBay. They can be bought alone, or with Wii Fit/Wii Fit Plus; I would recommend going for one with the game as it is a great game, and really utilises the board. The board is mainly intended for use with Wii Fit although a lot of games now have options to use the board to enhance gameplay. Setting up the board is done in exactly the same way as you set up the Wiimotes, you do this by pressing the small red button underneath the battery cover, and the matching button on the Wii console. Once done, the balance board will be permanently connected, even when turning the machine off, or taking out and replacing the batteries. The balance board requires four AA batteries, I have found that batteries (even cheap ones) last a really long time in the board. As mentioned, I've had my board for a few years now, and have only had to replace the batteries once! If bought with the Wii Fit game you can use the balance board as a set of scales. You can chart your weight and use it as motivation for weight loss. When telling you your weight, your Mii will be on screen, the Mii will start of really, really thin and gradually grow outwards. If you are overweight, as I currently am, your Mii will grow quite big and will look really dumpy - it's awful, lol! If you pick anything up over 3kg then the board will notice and will tell you how much it weighs (this is handy if you have small children or pets and want to know the weight). When I first bought it, I did experiment with it to see how accurate it actually is. First I weighed my bread maker as I know how heavy it is, then I realised that I actually had some weights so took them on. Each time the Balance Board was accurate to within a pound of the actual weight - quite impressive. I find that the board is a useful addition to some games and really does enhance gameplay, but it is not very useful on others. On some games it seems that the balance board has only been introduced in an attempt to increase interest in the game (i.e sales of the game!), the board doesn't benefit it at all and in some cases, even detracts from it. One example is EA Sports Active, while this is already an excellent fitness game (the best, in my opinion), they somehow felt the need to add balance board exercises, the exercises are exactly the same as some of the other exercises but you have to stand still to do them. Yes, the board checks your balance while you do it, but for workout exercises like this, who cares about balance? I would rather jump around when playing the games as it will give a better workout (which is the reason that I am using the game in the first place!) than stand as still as I can in the hope that a red dot doesn't leave a circle! Saying this, the board is ideal for performing certain exercises; yoga is a perfect example. This type of exercise is all about balance, and the Balance Board really helps you to improve your moves. It will guide you through the poses and will show up exactly where your weight should be placed when in position, it will show you exactly how your weight is distributed, and how it SHOULD be distributed, thus perfecting your technique, which will give you a more effective workout. I find that the balance board is very responsive and even the slightest change in weight distribution will be recorded, this is most apparent in games such as this where you make slow, careful movements. So, all in all I am happy with the balance board; it is a great addition to many games, is very accurate in responsive, and can even be used as weighing scales!
This is the Balance Board used for Wii Fit, one of the most popular and enjoyable games on the Nintendo Wii, and possibly the one I get the most use out of. Basically, it´s a motion and pressure sensitive device that transforms your movements on the board into actions on the screen - so for example, in the snowball throwing game, you can lean and duck to either side on the board and your character will hide behind barriers, whilst in Tilt City, the direction in which you lean will control the platforms on screen, changing the directions of the marbles which fall from the ceiling. This is a really clever design, and it works really well with the game - it always detects the movements you´re making, and it feels very accurate in the way that it translates this into on-screen movements and actions. If it wasn´t so accurate, Wii Fit and other games would be a really frustrating experience, but as it is, this is one of the things which really sets apart the Wii from other consoles. It´s very easy to use, and can be set up very quickly without having any particular knowledge. It takes either a battery, or can be connected to the mains power. However, I find this second way is much less effective - often, it seems to use more power than it´s getting, and will stop your game to tell you it´s out of power. I´m not sure if this is a general thing or something with my product, but it´s something to be aware of, and I think the battery is a better way to power it. The board can also be used for weighing you, and Wii Fit does this at the beginning of every game. This is in my opinion more fun than anything else, though, as the results seems enormously innaccurate at times - I´ve gained and lost seven pounds in one normal day once according to this (and I really didn´t eat or exercise that much!), so I wouldn´t rely on it. The only other negative is the price, but for something that works as well as this, and is as fun to play, it´s well worth it I think, and you´ll get lots of enjoyment out of it. Overall, I think this is a great piece of gaming equipment, and I would certainly recommend it.