Nyko Charge Station for the Wii - Wii Remote Charger Review

Stop Buying Batteries

Nyko Charge Station for the Wii
The Charge Station makes up for a deficit in the Wii's design. Nyko

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The Wii is a beautiful example of Nintendo’s detail-oriented approach to console design. Yet the Wii has one horrible flaw. Unlike the other consoles of its generation, the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, the Wii’s wireless remote is not rechargeable, instead using basic AA batteries. This is great for the battery industry, which can sell batteries to Wii gamers by the caseload, but it is terrible for the rest of us.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to making the battery companies richer: accessories like Nyko’s Charge Station for the Wii.

The Basics: Stop Buying Batteries

The Charge Station comes with a charger that can hold two Wii remotes, two rechargeable battery packs and two replacement battery covers with ribbed rubber backings that make holding onto your remote a little easier. Once the charger is plugged into a wall socket and the battery pack is in place, put your remote in the charger. A green light indicates that the remote is recharging; if the light is blue then the remote is fully charged.

The Downside: Unplugging and Unwrapping

The Charge Station is a conductive charger, which means its battery has to physically connect with the charger. Because of this, if you have the remote in a silicone sleeve you'll have to remove it when charging. Another inconvenience is that you must unplug the nunchuk from your remote before it can be placed in the charger.

I never use the silicone sleeves (in all these years I've never thrown my remote into my TV, so I've never seen the need), but unplugging the nunchuk is an annoyance, albeit a minor one. This is why ultimately I prefer inductive chargers.

The Verdict: A Solid Charging Solution

Nyko's charger was the first Wii recharging system I tried, and while others have come along since that I prefer - see my comparison chart for information on all the chargers I've tried -  this one proved to be a solid Wii accessory, and one of a handful that didn't eventually stop working properly.

 

With their next console, Nintendo finally made a rechargeable controller, although since the Wii U is compatible with the Wii remote, owners still need a charger. If you have a Wii or a Wii U and want to avoid spending your money on batteries, this is a good option.

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