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      05.11.2010 11:54
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      nifty idea

      Buying batteries is always going to be a nuisance, so here is one good solution for fans of the Wii Fit Balancing Board. A simple little device that eliminates the need for batteries, by recharging the balance board from within. This effectively sounds you pounds each year on batteries. The design of the pack, or pak as it is called is sleek and minimal, so you can simply warp it back up afterwards and store neatly in a cabinet or push under the TV. The supplied wire offers a more than generous stretch so you will have no problems reaching connections with this piece of equipment. I like the fact that it is so light and airy to the touch and this makes it ideal for anyone in the family to get to grips with; no cumbersome lugging around of boxes. It fits snugly into the base of the balance board, meaning that you can literally plug in and go. You do need to remove the existing batteries in the balance board to begin with, but once this is done, you can slide this contraption in and commence. When we used this, it offered several hours of use before giving up the ghost. I would estimate about ten hours plus of gameplay with this piece. If you plug the device into a USB port then the indicator light will come on and this will start booting up the recharger for you again. It will take a few hours for it to reach its optimum peak, but you could put it in of a morning and be ready to resume probably in the evening. I figured that as it costs about seven pounds, it has paid for itself within a month or so anyway, making it a handy tool to save money on batteries.

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      07.10.2010 10:49
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      Recommended if you use balance board

      I received quite a few vouchers for my birthday and spent most of them on makeup and a jewellery and was left with £5 so when I noticed that Argos were selling Wii balance board rechargeable battery packs I decided to spent my last £5 on something that would be practical. The pack does not state it is made by mad Catz but by Guranator however Doyoo have asked me to put it in this category. Removing the pack from the box I found a grey battery pack which has a switch and a hole for inserting the charger battery. It doesn't look particularly attractive but this is pretty irrelevant as it isn't something that matters as it isn't seen under the board. I do have I have to say I expected it to be charger via the mains so was a little surprised to discover that it charges via either the USB port on your laptop or Wii. The charger wire is 2meters long so does make it easy to put battery and charger in the most appropriate place. To start charging insert the jack plug into the battery pack after inserting the end into the USB port. If the power is not reaching the unit it will not light up. The light will shine red to indicate it is charging and the light will change to green once it is fully charged. I decided to charge it up at night as I am on economy seven however I am not sure this is actually the most efficient method as it meant I had to leave my laptop on all night. Once charged I removed my old batteries and inserted the battery pack in the balance board. I have since continued to use my balance board to exercise. The initial battery cover is not needed and you are advised to keep this in a safe place. After two months I have not needed to recharge the battery pack. It advises that it takes 4hours to charge the battery and then you have 20 hours of play. This battery can be charged whilst using the balance board although it does increase charging time however I would personally consider it to be more of a hazard than helpful. I do think this was a good buy and will stop my constant need to replace batteries. The success of this has made me decide to look into chargers for my Wii remote as well. It is currentley available at Argos for £4.99 reduced from £7.99

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        27.09.2010 10:44
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        Well worth having a couple spare in the draw!

        Having not used our Wii Fit for sometime, I thought it was about time I dusted it off and started using it again. Now that I seem to have got a tight hamstring and my right knee gets quite painful, it might be good to start with the yoga section. As usual the batteries had worn down in the Wii balance board and needed to be replaced yet again, then I remembered this Mad Catz Rechargeable Battery Pac that I had purchased quite a few months back. I purchased this after seeing it being advertised on Hotukdeals. It was being sold in the 99p shops and was said to be a very good buy, well always up for a bargain I hunted one down and snatched it up (I wish I had bought a few now!). I was a bit concerned that it would damage my Wii board, but it did state on the front of the packet that it was compatible with the Nintendo Wii, so I gave it a go. Coming in one of those impossible packages that can not be opened with the human hand, I set off for the kitchen scissors. So after some time snipping through the hard plastic I finally got to the grey lead and square battery pak. Looking very simple and basic I didn't hold out much hope of this being any good. Now this comes uncharged and can be charged through your Wii or computer/laptop, which is what I did. Ths is done through the USB port. Connecting the cable to the battery pak you will then see a red light come on that lets you know that it is charging. The pack suggests that it takes around two and a half hours to charge, but I found that by charging it on my laptop while I was using it it took around 5 hours. Now after charging and unplugging it from the laptop I then went on to take all the old batteries out of the Wii board and insert this battery pack. It fits in really easy and is flush with the balance board, so that seems good, now to see if it has any life in it. I switch on the Wii and hey presto it is ready to use. Again the packet say's that this should stay charged for around 20 hours, but after using it for a bit each day it lasted around 10-12 hours. I still think that this is great as it is so easy to charge up and saves a fortune on batteries. Even Duracell get worn down by the Wii and they cost a small fortune to keep replacing and being that I'm not the only one using the board in our house, our batteries get worn down really quickly. This Mad Catz charger has a 2 metre lead so if you wish to charge from the Wii this can easily be done too. Coming with a 2 year Warranty it seems that you get quite a lot for 99p. I believe that you can buy this online from between £3.00- £12.00, so I think it is well worth looking around the pound shops first. I will certainly be looking to see if I can get a couple more just to keep in the draw for when this finally stops charging. I will give this 5 Dooyoo Stars as it has saved me a lot of money from having to buy batteries!

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