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Being someone who will have times where I will play my XBox360 for a number of hours each day I used to find myself going through batteries at a fairly high rate and finding it was costing me quite a lot of money so decided it would be worth giving a try to the official XBox360 rechargeable battery which I am glad I did.
The battery itself is a little battery pack which simply clips to the controller in place of the battery compartment you normally place your batteries in which means that it is very to fit, quick to change and also sits comfortably without changing how the controller sits in your hands.
The battery pack holds its charge well and can be charged during gameplay via the cable (sold separately) or can instead be charged when the console is not in use (via either the cable which you can buy separately or by using a charge stand which can be purchased separately too) and so this means if you are in the middle of your game and find your battery is starting to get to low charge state then you have a couple of options available which is great to have in that you can complete what you are doing by connecting the cable to use this on a plug and play basis or you can save your game and charge the battery up for later.
The rechargeable battery is a great value for money piece of kit that really does work well and will save you money very quickly if you are a regular gamer. For those who are more of a casual gamer this will mean you are going to take longer to see the savings and also need to ensure you are using this fairly regularly to ensure it manages to continue to hold charge.
The pack does add quite a bit of weight to the controller which I personally did find annoying but so long as you are not switching between a controller using this battery pack and one using normal batteries then this will quickly become something you no longer notice.
Overall this is a good piece of kit at a very reasonable price which will enable you to be able to play your console without needing to worry about running out of batteries and without the cost of keeping on needing to buy more of them when you are running out.
Value for money?
This item is perfect for people who regularly play as it saves a lot of money on AA batteries.
I found the best thing to do was to purchase a battery dock so that I always had one that was fully charged.
I tried it with the plug and play charge kit but it makes wireless controller restrictive like the controllers of older consoles, because the controller will need to be wired to the consoles USB port.
If you are just a casual gamer I would suggest sticking to AA batteries as you will not save the money to make it worth purchasing these batteries.
These packs are now very cheap to buy online on sites such as EBay, but can still be costly in shops.
Ease of use?
These batteries could not be simpler simply charge in a dock and when charged plug into controller or put into a plug and play wired controller and play to your heart's content.
The pack looks very well and blends in with the handset just like the original battery holder would.
The packs don't seem to last quite as long as AA batteries but the money saved more than makes up for this in the long run.
I purchased 2 of these about three years ago and one has recently stopped holding charge but I use them on a daily basis, so I personally think it did very well.
=== The product ===
This is a rechargeable battery pack that is designed to cut out the need for a constant source of AA batteries just to use your wireless Xbox 360 controller. This is the same size as the standard battery casing on the Xbox 360 controller, however, there is no place to put in AA batteries as this already contains the rechargeable batteries within.
=== How to use this ===
Well this is very simple really, you can charge this by USB which runs from your Xbox 360 to your controller and just plugs in to the back of the battery pack. This can be done when the controller is in use or even when the Xbox 360 is turned off. You can use this in conjunction with a quick charge wire which is designed to charge two at the same time making it more simple if you play with someone else.
=== Does it work? ===
Yes, it can be charged either when in use or not and obviously it stops using needed AA batteries constantly. We own two of these packs and we also have AA rechargeable batteries as sometimes one of us will forget to charge it and want to sit on the other side of the room rather than near the wire which can be a little small really and are probably designed for a childs bedroom rather than for use in a large living room. As our furniture is quite well spread out in our living room and bedroom it is almost impossible to sit where we want and be able to charge this at the same time, however, that is resolved by just unplugging the battery and charging it from the Xbox 360 while not in use. You should get around a full day (24 hours) of play time from one charge but obviously this will decrease over time as the battery is charged and ran down a vast amount, well, in our home they are anyway! It takes around 3 hours to charge one of these and generally, in our house, they are just left to charge from the end of one playing session to the start of the next so they are probably getting over charged and hence draining down quicker.
=== Where can I buy this from & for how much? ===
These are available in a variety of places, on their own, as part of a play & charge kit or as part of a quick charge kit. The prices will greatly vary and it is a lot more frequent to find used ones rather than new. Twice now I have purchased these from Amazon used sellers and have paid around £6.00 for each one (including postage) but as they were used obviously the price varies depending on how many are available and the demand for them.
=== Overall opinion ===
These are a fantastically simple idea. You just have to remember to charge them! The charge time is reasonable and depending on where I am sitting I could just leave these on charge all of the time if I want to. One of our two that we use have been in use since 2008 and is still going strong, albeit holding less charge than it used to and lasting for maybe 10 or 12 hours rather than 24. This is not an issue at all as, if completely flat constantly, we could just keep it on charge at all times to keep it working. It's easy to see how much battery is left by pressing the 'Dashboard' button on an Xbox 360 controller, this will then show a battery bar showing how many bars of battery are left.
We still require AA rechargeable batteries for a few items such as guitars and microphones, however, these have saved us a fortune and a load of time having to faff around finding batteries when all we want to do is get online and play some Halo Reach or Guitar Hero.
One of the quick rating boxes (picture quality) is not applicable so I have marked in the middle, 3/5.
The rechargeable battery pack for the Xbox 360 was a great investment, and allows easier and quicker play on the Xbox. Unlike using a normal AA battery pack, the Plug and play kit allows you to recharge the controller while you are playing the game, and means that you also don't require lots of rechargeable batteries lying around the house, so you can continue to play when the battery need charging.
It also means that when you are in the middle of a game, if the batteries start to die, you don't need to stop playing to switch them over, you can simply plug in the controller and use it like a normal wired controller.
However, as with most batteries, the life of the battery pack diminishes over its life, and you need less time between charges to be able to play. But it still beats having to go and hunt for a new or recharged set of batteries every time the controller dies on you.
From all the many different accessories, upgrades that are available for the xbox 360 console, this is by far the best! Moving to wireless opens up a lot of freedom for gameplay but of course wireless comes at the price of paying for batteries, well with these rechargeable batteries that is no longer an issue!
The batteries are very small and very easy to attach/detach from your controller, they charge quickly as well! I usually find mine charge in around 4 hours zero to fully charged.
You can get a good few hours gameplay out of them which is shorter if you use a headset with it as well of course.
Once your battery has run out you can charge by either using a docking charger or by using a charge cable which plugs from your console to your controller.
If you don't have the cable already i would advise people to purchase the play and charge kit as it comes with both a rechargeable battery and the charging cable, however they are sold separately for people who have spares etc.
The Xbox 360 rechargeable battery pack is a must have for use with the Xbox 360 wireless controller. This product will save you so much money on batteries as without this product you will go through batteries so quickly! This product is usually about £15 but that does vary depending one where you get this product from. There are also other brands of this product which will be cheaper than the official one, but i find that they don't fit as nicely in place as the official ones.
The battery pack sits in the back of the controller where the usual battery holder goes, and as this is the same size and design as the battery holder it will not alter the way your controller looks or feels. To charge this device, depending on which one you bought, you will either have to plug a lead into the USB slot of your Xbox or take out the battery pack and put it into a separate charger. I prefer the lead going into the Xbox because this means that you can still play the Xbox while the battery pack is charging.
The battery packs are very good and you can get up to 25 hours of play time until the battery will need to be recharged. If you use the separate charging dock then recharging will take about 2 hours.
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Whilst buying this battery pack may seem like a waste of money, it saves money and anger in the long run, play whilst the pack is charging and after its charged when before you might have to swap controllers or run around the house wildly while your Halo 3 kill/death ratio took a pounding.
I suggest getting a rechargeable pack for every wireless controller, you own as for one the charger and pack isn't that expensive and you will use it 95% of the time once you have it because it is just so much more convient.
I tend to have my pack charging most of the time, im on the Xbox as i have little space to play with so i may as well prevent me from losing power in the middle of match because i couldn't be bothered to plug the charger in.
Though i do use the old battery pack whenever my pack is out of juice and i need to talk to my firends on the computer in the next room, so its best to have both to prepare for any eventuality.
Overall, its better than the standard pack and could potentially save you alot of money on batteries.
this is a 'must-have' for any xbox 360 owner. the original xbox 360 battery pack that you get with the wireless controller when you first get your xbox is basically an empty shell where you can include two AA batteries.
the rechargeable battery pack replaces this with a (you guess it!) rechargeable AA battery free pack. the new pack charges through a wire that connects right into the usb controller ports in the xbox meaning that when the battery runs out its simply a case of plugging it in and it charges as you play meaning you're gaming doesn't have to disrupted.
the battery life goes on for about 20 hours plus before you need to charge again which is fairly decent and plus it will save you a fortune replacing standard AA batteries.
despite this being a great bit of kit i do have one gripe though. i am an xbox 360 elite owner so my xbox is black as opposed to the standard white. the usual price for a white rechargeable pack is around £12. for the elite black rechargeable pack its £14! black paint/colouring expensive these days i take it??!!!!!! its only a smaller amount but why should i pay extra so my black controller doesn't look like and everton mint?! excuse my language but it's a bloody disgrace!!!
rant aside, this is an essential extra for any xbox owner. it would come as standard with all xboxs if microsoft weren't so cheap. bottom line though, if you own an xbox, you should own at least one of these.
Have you ever got sick and tired of your wired controller going faulty or simply just getting in your way? Well get ready to do some serious gaming with this amazing accessory for the Xbox 360 controller!
With this NiMH battery, it is very easy to enjoy the games you like playing without having to worry about any wires.
Unfortunately, this item is purchased separately from the charging lead and the charging dock so an additional purchase is a necessity if you want to use this product to it's full potential. Another bad point is that from experience whilst using the console (turning it on and off and other things) does actually make the current charge void sometimes.
In my opinion, I don't believe the play time lasts for a very long time but I give it credit to the fact that it does still charge whilst the Xbox 360 console is powered down.
Overall, I believe that if you want a better experience whilst playing on your Xbox 360 console, this should be on your christmas list along with the charging lead or the charging dock.
The battery packs for xbox 360 controllers are a great way of saving money on batteries if you use play xbox quite a lot. You get around 25 hours use out of every charge, so it doesn't take too long before you get your money's worth out of them.
The product blends in completely to the controller, with the same finish as you get with the AA battery holder, and it is available in all the colours the controllers are available in.
After owning one pack for almost a year, it suddenly stopped holding its charge. Im not sure if this is a common problem, but I didn't expect it from a microsoft product. I tried taking it back to the shop I bought it because it was still under a year old, but they told me I had to phone microsoft about it. The customer service team were pretty helpful, although it did take a while to get through to them. Eventually they posted me out a replacement after emailing them a copy of the receipt, but it was a hassle I could have done without.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 rechargeable battery packs are for use with the Xbox 360 wireless controllers and replace the standard battery pack which uses two AA batteries.
This easy to use accessory makes the Xbox experience alot easier and less complicated as your not having to keep buying batteries everytime then power is getting low, all it takes is one simple USB cable.
When you purchase this reasonably priced product from practically any high street gaming store or online it should come with the pack and a USB cable.
Simply plug the USB side of the wire into your Xbox via either one of the two USB ports just beneath the power button infront of the console or the one to the rear of the console towarda the top, then place the battery pack into your controller just like any other pack and the other end of the wire into the slot on top of your controller.
This product is easy to use and a great value for money as you can carry on gaming for hours on end without the hassle of having to charge around the house commandeering batteries from peoples tv remotes.
A must buy for all you Xbox 360 enthusiasts.
The Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Packs are created for use with the Xbox 360 wireless controllers. They are replacements for the packs that require 2 AA batteries to operate . If you use the regular battery packs you are going to spend a lot of money buying AA batteries over time, so considering upgrading to the rechargeable pack is highly recommended as you will save money over time.
The rechargeable pack is the same shape and size as the battery pack, however requires no replacement batteries as it uses NiMH batteries that are rechargeable. The pack is fairly light in weight - roughly the same weight as the battery packs with 2 AA batteries inserted into them.
To recharge the battery pack, you have 2 options. Firstly, you can purchase a "Play & Charge" kit (that comes with a free rechargeable battery pack) which is a USB powered charging device that plugs into the front of your xbox 360 (usb port) and then the other end plugs into the battery pack itself. You can charge whilst you are playing, or even when the xbox is turned off (but the xbox must still be turned on at the wall socket so it's receiving power). The play & charge kit has an LED light that indicates when the battery pack is charging and also when it is fully charged - Red indicates it is charging, and Green indicates it is fully charged.
Your other option is to purchase a "Quick Charge" kit, once again this kit comes with a free rechargeable battery pack. The quick charge kit enables you to charge TWO battery packs at one time. The quick charge kit must be plugged into a wall socket to receive power to charge the batteries - so this product is mains powered thus you cannot "play and charge" so to speak unless you have two battery packs where you use one to play whilst charging the spare one, then when the one you are using runs out of juice - just recharge that one and continue playing with the one that has been charging beforehand.
I would only recommend the quick charge kit if you use two battery packs frequently (i.e. if you regularly play with other people) as the play & charge kit has the ability to let you play whilst it charges which is obviously a lot better than waiting for your quick charge kit to finish charging your battery pack before you can continue your gaming session !
The play & charge kit is available at the time of writing for £12.99 at Gameplay.co.uk, and the quick charge kit is available for £14.99 at Amazon.co.uk. Spare rechargeable battery packs are available for £7.99 from Gameplay.co.uk (however colour may affect price by a few pounds)
The Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Packs come in 4 colours - White, Black, Pink, and Blue - so there are enough colours to match most of the wireless controllers available (the ltd edition halo controller was green I believe).
Once fully charged, the battery packs offer you 25+ hours of gaming, however over every day use the time will gradually decrease. These battery packs WILL eventually become useless and will no longer be able to recharge (however can still be used if connected to the play and charge kit constantly whilst in use) but this will take a long time. I personally play my xbox 360 a lot and my first rechargeable battery pack lasted me over 15 months.
The time it takes to recharge the battery pack is roughly 2-4 hours, I'm not totally sure as I've never paid much attention as to the exact amount of time it takes. You can check how much battery life you have left by pressing the guide button on your xbox 360 controller - your battery life remaining will be displayed at the top left of the guide box. When your battery life is running low your 360 controller will let you know by having the green lights around the guide button rotate rather than stay solid green - this is the time to start charging !
The rechargeable battery pack really is an essential piece of kit for wireless controllers, and the price tag for the play & charge / quick charge kits may seem a little steep at first, but you will gain that money back over time as you will no longer need to purchase AA batteries all the time - so in theory you will eventually start saving money. If you can't afford these bits of kit, simply purchase a wired xbox 360 controller instead.
Great battery life
Great recharging products (play & charge and quick charge kits)
Replacement will eventually be required
Thanks for reading, I hope this helps you. :)
I use this rechargeable battery pack for my wireless Xbox 360 controller as it is better than batteries and much easier to use rather than changing batteries all the time. The rechargeable pack isn't too heavy and it slots in the back of your controller where the normal battery pack goes. It comes in black or white to suit the colour of your controller as you may have a standard or Elite (black) console.
It comes with an adapter, which is used to charge the controller. The charger fits into a USB slot - what a problem? Well it's not actually because they thought it out considering the Xbox 360 has 2 USB slots in the front. You can stick it in there and keep it there. Whenever it needs charging, plug it in when the Xbox 360 is still on. A red light will come on on the adapter to show it's charging. You can then switch off the console and it will still provide enough power (you will still hear the fan) to charge the controller.
Once it's finished charging, the console switches off automatically and leaves the controller fully charged. This is much easier then having to buy batteries and change them all the time. If you're half way through an online game and the charge runs out, you can simply plug this in to the adapter and finish the game as if it's a wired controller rather than panicking, searching around for batteries. It is cheaper in the long run and much easier to use this.
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If you buy a Quick Charge kit or a Charge and Play kit you will get one of these free but it's always good to have an extra so that you can charge one when using the other and then just switch them over, or for other controllers.
These are so much better than batteries. You can just keep recharging it with a kit instead of buying loads and loads of batteries all the time. It can have up to 25 hours of player with a full charge which is a long time. As this is the official one it is high performance and will give you close to that many hours unlike third party ones, which are basically the same price.
They come in four colours; white, black, pink and blue for all controllers, so that they match and cost around £10 which may sound expensive but compared to the amount you would have to pay on batteries, it's pretty fair.