Product Type: Uniross power devices & batteries
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The price of these leaves me flat
Member Name: valve90210
Advantages: Great batteries, great life from each charge
Disadvantages: Not great value for money when compared with other brands
About this time last year my girlfriend and I decided to get ourselves a Nintendo Wii. We had been wanting one for a while and the stocks were starting to run dry in the run up to Christmas so we acted quickly and found one.
We played Wii Sports loads every evening and soon the batteries that came with the console and second remote died on us. We decided to replace them with rechargables batteries. Having used Uniross batteries in the past and always having found them to be really good, and having seen that they now did batteries rated to 2700mAh (the higher the number the longer they last...these were the top ones they did last year), I figured that they would be a good choice as they would last a long time in the Wiimotes, so I went ahead and purchased a set of 4 from a site online.
When I first got them, I stuck them in my charger and once they were charged I stuck them in the wiimotes and we set about playing again. I was very disappointed the next day when we went to use the Wii and the batteries were nearly flat, they hadn't last long at all.
I looked this up on the internet and it seems that Uniross batteries are not conditioned before they are sold. Let me explain this. With modern rechargeable batteries, they need some conditioning at the beginning of their life to get the best out of them and to achieve the best possible battery life from them with each charge. This conditioning is simple really but a little time consuming. Basically you just need to charge them fully and then discharge them fully a few times. Having a charger which also doubles as a discharger, I set about conditioning them, charging and discharging them several times.
Once I had done this a few times, I tried them in the controllers again and this time had much much much better results!!! They lasted a very long time, so long in fact that I ended up forgetting to keep tabs on how long they had been in use for as I had intended!
The only negative thing I would have to say about these batteries is the pricing. These are not cheap batteries, especially if purchased on the high street!!! I would certainly recommend shopping around online as there are a few sites that sell these at about half the price of the high street (or at least there were when I purchased them last year, I must admit I've not checked recently). However I wouls also advise you to consider different brands, I have since purchased a large pack of 2600 mAh batteries (which last a very good length of time also) and ended up with 12 batteries for about the same price I would have paid for 4 Uniross in the high street!!!
Overall a great battery once they are conditioned but I have marked them down because these days there are so many alternatives that offer better value for money!
Summary: A great battery but I'd recommend shopping around!!!
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