Gaming Game Play 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 Tweet Share Email Game Play Consoles & PCs Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming 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 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up. Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire In-Car Gaming Has Never Been Easier Essential Wii Homebrew Applications How to Sync a Wii Remote 5 Reasons to Buy a PlayStation 3 What Accessories Are Needed to Play Wii Games? How to Charge Oculus Quest/Quest 2 Controllers Setting Up Your Wii 7 Annoying Things About the Wii U How to Watch Netflix on the Wii The Wii U Console FAQ What Is the Nintendo Switch? How to Get Netflix on a Non-Smart TV How to Use a Nintendo Wii Controller to Play Linux Games 10 Reasons the Wii U Was a Failure The 6 Best Portable Laptop Battery Chargers of 2021 The Wii U GamePad: a Portable Game System?