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The Quick Charge kit is a great alternative to the hassle of batteries. If you are a gamer who plays a lot then this is a must have if you want to keep your controllers powered without having to buy and stock batteries at home. For me, one charge will last quite a few days up to a week. It just depends how many hours you spend on the xbox.
The kit comes with a rechargeable battery but I also have a second. This way I can have one charging when the other is in use or have them both charging overnight. I also like to keep the disposable battery trays in the charger when i'm not using it to keep them safe in case for some reason I need to use batteries again.
Apart from this there are not many extra features to review. It just keeps your wireless controllers happy and saves you the hassle of finding disposable ones all the time. What more do you want?
Hours of gameplay will eventually take their toll on your wireless controllers battery life! There are 3 different ways to keep you playing, firstly you can buy an empty cartridge and whack any batteries you like in there, the problem with this is of course batteries are not cheap, the second option is using a play and charge kit, but this kind of ruins the point of wireless as your once again attached to a lead! The third and final way is purchasing one extra battery and using the xbox quick charge kit!
This allows you to simultaneously charge two batteries, or as i do use one while the other is on charge and therefore not getting your game time stopped half way through by waiting for one to charge!
The charge time is actually pretty quick and means you don't really have to wait for long if both are worn out but as i said i usually use one while the other is in the charging unit. The unit is pretty small and sits comfortably on any surfaces due to its gripped underneath.
I wouldn't have paid £20 for one though, i managed to find a second hand one from my local game station for just £6.99 and works perfectly as i would expect, the £20 is simply Microsoft doing their usually overpriced play!
Overall a very handy product that will save you quite a bit of money and grief! But do shop around for one and don't be afraid to go second hand to get the exact same thing!
If you have ever had the problem of playing a game and having to quit half way through because the control has died then this is the gadget for you.
This will charge your batteries quickly while you are playing so that as soon as your batteries run out you can swap them with the one in the charger and repeat the process. The charger plugs straight into the mains and will charge the lithium batteries that are used in the xbox controller within a couple of hours. However if you can't wait that long then the charger will give enough juice to continue playing in half an hour.
The charger can hold two batteries which is ideal if there are two of you playing, and as long as you have enough batteries , because you can just keep swapping and playing. The only downside is you have to buy enough batteries for this to work effectively.
The convenient light on the front tells you when you battery is fully charged and will stop charging to stop it overheating one its done. A highly recommended product for xbox gamers.
The quick charge kit is a device sold by Microsoft in order to charge the lithium-ion battery packs that can be used instead of AA-batteries in the wireless xbox 360 controllers.
It couldnt be a simpler product to use, plug it into the mains and then click in your controllers battery pack, when the battery pack is low on charge, or being charged the light will show red, when it is fully charged the light will show green.
It takes about 2 hours to fully recharge one battery pack from empty and about 4 hours to fully recharge two battery packs.
The reason I have only given this product 3 stars however, is that it is a moderately expensive bit of kit, and only comes with one lithium-ion battery pack, meaning if you have more than one controller and want to use battery packs in that too then you'll have to buy another pack for about £9.99.
I also think the Microsoft Play & Charge kit is better, as you often will not notice your controller is running low on battery until its too late, and then you have to charge it for 2 hours and stop playing, the Play & Charge kit effectively turns your wireless controller into a wired one, and charges it whilst you still play, then when the light turns green you can unplug it and play wirelessly again.
Either device is very good, but I think the quick charge kit will never beat the cheaper, and in my opinion, better play & charge.
The Quick Charge Kit or the Play and Charge Kit are essential accessories for the Xbox 360. The wireless controllers go through battteries very quickly so it can become expensive. The Quick Charge Kit solves this problem by providing a rechareable abttery pack and a charger, which is a small white unit that can charge up to two battery packs at a time.
To set it up all you have to do is plug the power adaptor into the unit and then into a socket and insert a battery pack to charge. The light will be orange when charging and green when charged, but remember, just because it's green doesn't mean it is fully charged.
This is a better choice over the Play and Charge KIt because it keeps your controller wireless and is also much faster at charging. It will last many hours of gaming before it runs out (about 20 to 25 after a full charge). I recommend you buy a second battery pack so that when you're using one you can charge the other and then switch them over. This will also be necessary if you have a second controller.
The Play and Charge Kit is cheaper but its use is limited and it's better to pay a little more and get something that will last you and be useful.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit (Quick Charge Kit)
I got a Quick Charge Kit around two months before I got my Xbox 360 Elite because I seen it on offer for £15 in HMV so I thought I might as well buy it. I thought there is no point in buying a Play and Charge Kit for my wireless controller, because that would make it a wired controller! So when I got my Xbox 360 Elite I already had four Xbox 360 Consoles before so I had around eight Xbox 360 controllers lien around my house! And thought I have more times lost a game because my batteries died and I had no more batteries in the house, so with my Quick Charge Kit I was able to play around twenty four house game time which is a lot compared to normal AA batteries! The Quick Charge kit takes around two hours to charge two batteries, but the only disadvantage to the Quick Charge Kit is that it only can charge two batteries at a time! And it only comes in white, I think they should bring it out in black for Xbox 360 Elite users!
Information on the Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit...
In the package there is only the Quick charge Kit, Official Xbox 360 rechargeable battery, Manuals and the power lead. There isn't anything exciting in the package apart from the struggle to get it open! It has plastic cover around it and you have to open it with the scissors and it will most likely cut you! So that's another Disadvantage to the Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit. On the front of the Quick Charge Kit there is two slots for the rechargeable batteries and two LED's that go Red when charging the batteries and then Green when the battery is fully charged. On the sides of the Quick Charge Kit there is a logo on each side Xbox 360. On the back there is a port for the power to go in! On the Bottom of the Quick Charge Kit there is a logo Microsoft, Information on the Quick Charge Kit and a Microsoft Warranty Sticker.
Overall I think this is a very good accessory for the Xbox 360, I think that everyone who owns an Xbox 360 should buy a Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit! Instead of buying AA batteries that only work for a couple of hours. I think that you should buy the Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit instead of the Microsoft Xbox 360 Play and Charge Kit. As the Play and Charge Kit makes the wireless controller a wired controller. So you might as well just buy a wired controller for your Xbox 360 because it would be cheaper. The Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit cost me £15 on an offer but it is normally £20, and then another £10 if you want another Microsoft Rechargeable Battery. So it works out either £20 or £30! It is an Excellent Accessory I would recommend anyone who wants a quick way of charging there Xbox 360 Rechargeable batteries to buy the Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit.
The Xbox 360 quick charge kit is an excellent idea and was definitely worth paying for.
Firstly it saves the price of batteries.. which we all know can get rather pricey!
The only bad thing i would say is the battery doesnt last that long! But if you have two you can always have another one charging to replace it with!
They do charge very quickly which is fantastic.
I would recommend anyone who has the wireless controllers to invest in one of these to recharge their batteries. It can stay permantly plugged in and always pop your battery on there when you are finished playing and you will never run out of life!
They are about £10/15 depending on where you purchase this from and i have seen a few bargains on ebay. Pay the bit extra and save the money long term on buying batteries all of the time.
This is a must for any owner of an Xbox 360. No longer will you have to buy batteries for your controller, this charge kit comes with a rechargeable batter to fit in the back of your controller. When the battery loses power, simply slot it into the charging stand and hey presto.
I would highly recommend buying a second battery, that way all you need do is keep swapping between the two and never have to leave your gaming to one side whilst waiting for the battery to charge.
The unit is fairly small and actually looks quite good, fitting in with the sleek lines of the xbox console. A very simple unit to use, when the light is red the battery needs charging, when it is green it's time to plug in and play to your hearts content.
The price of this soon pays for itself in savings on batteries!
As you can now buy "1 Hour Fast Chargers" on the internet for under £20 which come with four "2500mAh NiMH AA Rechargeable Batteries" I can't see why people would want to buy the Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit. The supplied battery pack only encloses two "1800mAh NiMH AA Rechargeable Batteries" which are not as powerful, drain quicker, and take 1 hour longer to charge!If anyone knows why the "Microsoft Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit" is a better purchase then let me know.
The Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit is used to charge up the battery packs that are used in the back of Xbox 360 controllers. It was designed as a quicker alternative to leaving the wire plugged in when you want your battery charged. The kit can charge two battery packs at a time, and it plugs directly into the mains, as opposed to the USB slot as with the wire. The batteries simply clip into the Charge Kit in the same way as they do with the Xbox 360 controllers.
The charge kit is neat and efficient. It is very small, so it can be packed away easily when it is not in use, whilst it looks quite neat and cool so it doesn't look at all bad when it is lying about the house. It takes around 30 minutes to charge the battery packs when they are plugged into the kit and small green lights come on so that you know that the batteries are charged. I think that this is a cool feature which shows that this charge kit has been well designed.
The main drawback for me (as an Xbox 360 addict) is that you can't play on the Xbox whilst the batteries are charging unless you have an alternative power solution, whether it is another battery pack or a wire. To me completely this defies the reason why you would buy a charge kit in the first place. However I can see its use in leaving the batteries charging whilst you go out to school or work, or whatever else you do in the day.
The Charge Kit is fairly durable, and can take its fair share of knocks and bumps without anything but superficial damage. To me this is always a bonus point because I always knock things over and end up breaking things, especially if they are fragile; fortunately this Charge Kit is hardy enough to survive my clumsiness. Another point worth making is that it seems safe to leave it on for much longer than the 30 minutes it needs. When I leave it to charge when I go out it seems to do no damage to the battery packs, nor does it heat up too much.
The Charge Kit will cost between £20 and £30 pounds depending on where you buy it, and it will certainly cost less if you buy it from eBay or a similar auction site second hand.
Overall I wouldn't suggest that you buy this, unless you have a lot of controllers that you want charging in a short space of time. I personally own this in conjunction to a charging wire, because I often forget to put my battery pack in the Charge Kit so I need to use the wire to continue to play, and I would recommend that you also buy a charging wire if you buy this Charge Kit for that very reason.
I am a heavy user of computers, gadgets and ultimately games consoles. Owning an XBox 360 from launch, plus four pads, I had already purchase a couple of play'n'charge kits that allow you to recharge a battery pack whilst installed in the controller. This Quick Charge Kit seemed like a neater solution... so I decided to give it a try.
I ordered mine from Amazon, for £19.99 at the time. The unit is very neat and plugs into the mains with a proper figure-8 mains cable (rather than a min AC adapter). It can charge up to two batteries at the same time, which is useful, but four would have been better. In the box you also get one battery, so it really is pretty good value for money.
It claims to charge one battery in two hours, or two batteries in four hours. My results have been pretty mixed with this. If charging two batteries from flat I have found it takes nearer to 5.5 hours to fully charge. The difference between the battery cells also results in one being charged before the other.
Overall, I also have mixed feelings about the Quick Charge Kit. The positives are that it is very neat, does the job and is not too expensive. The big negatives are in the way that you play. If you are like me and find yourself just grabbing a controller at different times of the day for a quick play, then this might not be for you. I like to keep my batteries installed in the controller. Then, if I grab the controller and find the battery is flat, I can plug in with my play'n'charge kit. This allows me to play whilst my battery is charging, something that this particular product will not allow.
So for me, it is good, but the play'n'charge kit is better.
If ever there was an absolute essential accessory, this is it. If you have just bought your 360 or are considering getting one then you simply have to purchase this with it.
Taking only 2 hours to fully charge, you will have 25+ hours of gaming time with your wireless controller. It really surprised me just how long my battery lasted and how much better it is than standard batteries. Constantly buying these will get expensive and it is a no-brainer to get this accessory instead.
There is also the Plug and Play kit which is definitely not as good. It is cheaper but the Quick Charge kit is so much better that the extra money is definitely worth it. Firstly, there are no wires to your controller or to your 360, the Quick Charge kit connects to a separate plug socket out of the way and doesn't undermine the idea of a wireless controller!
You can also charge two battery packs at the same time in just 4 hours which is extremely useful if you have multiple controllers which many do.
You'll never have to worry about buying batteries, or running out of battery soon again with this piece of quality equipment and I can't stress enough just how good it is.
Plug into the mains, plug in battery(s) in and there you go! On average it will take two hours to charge one battery and four hours to fully charge two battery's.
Made by Microsoft this product will fit right in with the rest of your xbox products.
Many people either choose this or the play and charge, i personally own both. There is no reason to own one or the other, i have two controls and three rechargeable battery's and only one play and charge.
This product is well worth the money, its design goes with other xbox products, It charges fast and up to two battery's.
The only Bad thing about this product is, that if you do not completely empty the battery before recharging it cuts down its life.
This product will pay off after awhile by saving money not buying and using normal battery's for game play.