Gaming Game Play & Streaming Top Wii Remote Chargers and Comparison Chart Which Wii chargers are worth buying and why by Charles Herold Writer A former Lifewire Writer, Charles Herold has been reviewing and writing about Nintendo video games, consoles, and peripherals for two decades. our editorial process LinkedIn Charles Herold Updated on February 24, 2020 Energizer Game Play & Streaming Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming Tweet Share Email When Nintendo's Wii remote was first released, it didn't include a built-in rechargeable battery like most other game controllers. Fortunately, third-party manufacturers stepped up and made their own battery chargers for Wii remotes. We've compared them all to determine the best Wii remote charging stations. The Nintendo Wii remote is compatible with both the Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles. The Wii remote is required to play original Wii games on the Wii U. Types of Wii Remote Charges All Wii controller chargers have two components: a rechargeable battery to put in the Wii remote, and a base unit to charge it with. Many charging stations have slots for multiple controllers. Chargers are divided into conductive and inductive models. In a conductive model, the rechargeable battery will have exposed metal contacts that must physically touch metal contacts on the base. Therefore, if you have your remote wrapped in a silicone sleeve, you must remove it to charge the controller. Inductive chargers don't require physical contact, making them more convenient for those who use the silicon sleeves. Alternatively, you could use any rechargeable AA batteries, but they offer diminishing efficiency over time. The benefit, however, is that you can switch out the batteries and charge them separately, so you don't have to dock your controller and interrupt your gaming to recharge the Wii remote. Some games require extra accessories for the Wii such as Nunchuk controller, Wii MotionPlus, or the Wii Balance Board. Best Rechargeable Batteries for Wii Comparison Chart Since the Wii console and official Wii remotes are no longer in production, all of the Wii remote charging systems listed below have been discontinued, but you can still find them on Amazon or eBay. While the original manufacturer prices are listed for reference, you should be able to get them much cheaper today. If you use your Wii U to play Wii games, then you should consider Nyko's Charge Station U, which charges two Wii remotes plus the Wii U gamepad. Wii Charger Rating Type Charging Ports Notable Features MSRP Memorex Wii Dual Controller Charging Kit ★★★★★ Inductive 2 Small and simple, charge remotes while lying horizontally $29.99 Energizer Flat Panel 2X Induction Charging System ★★★★★ Inductive 2 Very compact, can leave on attachments while charging $29.99 Energizer Flat Panel 4X Induction Charging System ★★★★★ Inductive 4 Very compact, can leave on attachments while charging $49.99 Nyko Charge Base IC ★★★★★ Inductive 2 Can leave on attachments while charging $34.99 Penguin United's ElectroFlow Charger ★★★★½ Inductive 2 Must unplug attachments,doesn't work with third party controllers $29.99 Energizer Power & Play Recharge Station ★★★★ Conductive 2 External design matches the Wii $39.99 Nyko Charge Station ★★★★ Conductive 2 Textured battery cover for better grip $29.99 Nintendo Wii Remote Charging Cradle and Rechargeable Battery ★★★½ Conductive 1 Flimsy plastic base, no instructions $34.99 Tekno Creations InCharge Dual Charge Station ★★★½ Inductive 2 Must unplug attachments, annoying blinking charge light $34.99 Energizer Induction Charging System ★★★ Inductive 2 Can leave on attachments, battery packs get very hot $39.99 More from Lifewire How to Sync a Wii Remote How to Watch Netflix on the Wii How to Use a Nintendo Wii Controller to Play Linux Games What Accessories Are Needed to Play Wii Games? How to Install the Wii Homebrew Channel How to Fix Error #002 on a Homebrewed Nintendo Wii What to Do If Your Wii or Wii U Is Unable to Read a Disc The Wii U Console FAQ How to Mod a Wii: It's Easier Than You Think 10 Reasons the Nintendo Wii Sucked How to Install the Homebrew Channel to the Wii U's Wii Mode The Wii U GamePad: a Portable Game System? The 7 Best Rechargeable Battery Chargers of 2020 How to Charge Your Nintendo Switch at Home and on the Go Setting Up Your Wii What Is the Nintendo Switch?