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I bought these with a gift card i received for my birthday a few years ago. When i went in and bought them i was told by the employee that they weren't a very good product as they tend to lose their charge quick and may in a rare case ruin my wiimote, but i bought them anyways as they were the only rechargeable battery pack for the Wii at the time and i thought they were a pretty good deal.
They worked great and held a charge for several hours at first, but buying them was a huge mistake as these batteries stopped holding a charge after only a week after use. I would put the wiimotes on the charger and they would either not charge at all or would indicate that they had finished being charged.
I would highly recommend that this product is overlooked as even regular rechargeable batteries work better than these cheaply made battery packs.
The one thing that was always going to be an issue with wireless controllers was the power supply. If you have a wired connection, then the power can be channelled through in this way, but wireless controller inevitably involve using batteries. Regular Wii controllers, being thrashed around, waved around and used extensively as the console has some great games, means that these batteries can get drained quite quickly, and the costs of replacing the batteries can rack up quite quickly.
However, there are a couple of ways of solving this. One is to buy some rechargeable batteries and a charger (which we do have), and the other is to buy this specially designed docking station where you don't have to worry about extra batteries or even extra Wii remotes. What you get is the main docking station and two battery 'packs' which slot into the back of regular Wii remote controller (Wiimotes). This is then attached by a single cable with plenty of length that links it up to the power supply to get it charged. The idea is that you attach the pack to the back of the Wiimote, then place it into the dock, where connectors at the back link it into the station and charge the battery pack. You can then use the Wiimote, fully charged!
My wife and I stumbled across this while we were wondering how we were going to keep the costs of the batteries down. This seemed like a really good idea, but seemed too good to be true. We read a few reviews and checked with a couple of people we knew had tried it, and everything had positive indications. I can't remember exactly how much it cost us at the time, but it has been well worth it for not only cost reasons, but also convenience. Not having to worry about changing batteries all, the time, buying new ones or charging rechargeable ones makes it more enjoyable.
I find that charging only takes a couple of hours, and you get coloured indication from a bar at the base of the charging unit that tells you when it's charging and also when it has been fully charged. This has proved handy a few times when we have realised that we haven't put the Wiimotes in the charging station properly, and adjusted it to make sure there's a charging connection.
I think this is a great idea. It didn't fail us for a long time, and has only just recently started to be a bit unreliable. It doesn't hold its connection even when the Wiimotes are firmly and precisely in the station, which I found to be very annoying. I'm not sure whether this is our fault or a failure on the design side. Others don't seem to have had this problem, and our 6 year old can be a bit heavy handed with things like this, so it's possible that there's a damaged connection at some place along the line.
Despite this intermittent connection, this is still a product I'd definitely recommend. It may cost a bit more up front than buying packs of batteries (currently it's a t £14.99 from amazon) but you'll make that back quite quickly, especially if you play on the Wii quite a bit like we often do. Having a charging station like this and pre-made battery packs makes for convenient and easy power on a constant basis. It doesn't take long to charge them up, so if you have two of them and you're playing on you're own, it's easy to charge one while you're using the other.
I highly recommend this station. You could also go for rechargeable batteries, as I mentioned before, but to get a reliable charger and powerful enough batteries to last is going to cost you around the same amount of money if not more, so it's just as good an idea to go for this specifically designed docking station. Recommended.
I purchased the Nyko Wii Charging Station after buying one for my Mum. She raved about how she no longer needed to buy batteries for her Wii remote and how this was an excellent charging dock so I ordered one for myself. I ordered it for £14.99 from Amazon.co.uk
The charging station or dock as some people call them (me included) is great if you are sick of having to buy batteries for your Wii Remote or when you pick up your remote and you find that it has run out of battery and you can't play that game you have been looking forward to playing all day long. I hate buying batteries with a passion so the idea of the charging dock seemed more than a good enough reason to buy one.
In the box was the charging station itself, 2 rubber grip battery covers, 2 rechargable batteries and the plug to plug it into the mains.
One of the things I really liked about the charging dock was that it followed the white and grey colour scheme of the Nintendo Wii so even though it is not an official product, it still matches really well and doesn't look out of place.
To use the rechargable batteries is really simple. You just remove the original battery cover from the back of your Wii remote, insert the Nyko recharagable batteries and then put the Nyko rubber grip battery cover on instead of the Wii one. You then just put the remote into the the docking station and leave it to charge. The batteries are usually charged right up within 1-2 hours.
The dock will let you know when the remotes have finished charging as there are LED lights underneath each remote. When the light is blue that means the remote is still charging but once it has turned to green then it means the remote is fully charged.
There is enough space for 2 Nintendo Wii remotes in the charging station and the power cable is 6 feet long allowing flexibility as to where you put it.
This is a really reliable product which charges the Wii remotes quickly and efficiently. Once the batteries have been recharged, I have found they last a good while before needing to be recharged again.
A highly recommended addition to any Wii set up.
The nyko wii charge station is extremely handy if you don't want to be forever changing the batteries in your wii remote.
It comes with the docking station itself, 2 rubber grip battery covers and two rechargable batteries. It is extremely simple to use, simply replace the wii remote battery cover and batteries with the nyko ones, plug in the docking station and sit your remote(s) into it. Within 1-2 hours, the remotes will be fully charged and ready to use.
The docking station comes in white which well matches the theme of the wii itself and most of the accessories which come with it. There is room for two remotes to be charged simumtaneously, giving you maximum play time in a minimum charging time. The dock has two handy lights for each remote, a blue light indicates charging and a green light shows it has finished charging.
The charge station itself is very handy and reliable, I have had no problems whatsoever with it. I find that it is good value for money in the long run and means no more buying batteries!
I first purchased the Wii as a present for my Mum and she certainly made good use of it. If im honest i expected to get most use of it but i barely got a chance.
Obviously the Remote uses AA batteries normally to get power and these last for a decent length of time but in reality she played it that much that the need for rechargeable battery became quickly apparent. I thought we would have to use the normal method of pulling out rechargeable AA's and putting them into a wall charger, but this is much simpler. You simply replace the AA's with the batteries in the pack.
I found this one after searching online for a while. The batteries seem to last about 10 - 15 hours, i havent counted proply so this is a good guess. The battery has a rubber grip on so that the remote is more comfotable and the remotes just sit in the dock when im not using them and charge.
The only trouble is that my mum likes to have the silicone coat on that comes with the remote in the Wii box, for this she has to take it off everytime she has finished playing so that she can place it on the base to charge.
I have seen some about now that let you charge without taking it off now with wireless charging or something, so i would look at them if you have the same silicone problem but other than that this works fine, does what is says on the tin i guess.
This item is brilliant for those of you with a Wii. Trust me save your money and don't use batteries, use these. Much better and easier to use. It is simple you just plug in and play, you can charge the remotes from a ps3, computer laptop any USB port pretty much. The Wii has only got 2 USB ports on it so get these double ones as they are very good and will let you charge the full 4 if you ever have that many of them.
The charge on these things is really really good, and last wekk over 5 hours on my remotes, they have no problems like disconnecting from your Wii or anything and will last you for years. Been using mine since the Wii came out pretty much and they will work great.
Definately worth it in the long run and saves you running out of batteries, as that is a real bummer when you find yourself without being able to play.
Its a must have and so easy to use, replace the battery covers with the ones that come with it, put the wii comtrollers on the dock and et them charge. They will however only charge if the Wii onsole is on, however you can always plug it into other things while they are in use like your computer.
This wii remote control charge station will save you a lot of money, especially if you were a wii funs. My wife and I were playing Wii one hour per day, so that took all of of batteries. We have to change the batteries every week,and that will take a lot of money. We can do a simple calculation, the cost of this charge station is only £25.99, that is equal to about 25 batteries, and 25 batteries only last for 3 month!
This charge station is also easy to use.Only you have to do is put your will remote controlon it and wait. The time for a fully charge is about an hour. A bule light on the remote control will turn on showing that it is in charging and the green light indiates the charging is finished.
So, if you play Wii a lot,this is the best method to save your money in batteries.
Easily charge and store your Wii Remotes with Nyko's Charge Station for Wii. The Charge Station includes 2 NiMH batteries, exclusively designed for the Wii Remote, each providing up to 25 hours of play time. Each battery is easily recharged by placing the Wii Remote in the charging dock. The charging dock conveniently plugs into any standard wall outlet, allowing for rapid recharging of both batteries in 8 hours. The Charge Station includes 2 custom battery covers with contact pass-through points so you can charge the batteries while they are still in the remote. Each battery cover is also rubberized for superior grip during intense gaming sessions. The Charge Station matches the style of the Wii, and is small enough to fit in any home entertainment center.