Energizer Power & Play Charging Station (Wii) review: Energizer Power & Play Charging Station (Wii)

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 4.0
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The Good Affordable battery charging station for two Wii remotes; includes rechargeable battery packs.

The Bad Charging leads and indicators are unreliable; it's very similar to a Nyko model, which is available for less.

The Bottom Line The Energizer Power & Play Charging System for Wii is more expensive and less reliable than competing Wiimote chargers.

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Performance Design Products, which is simply known as PDP, recently licensed the Energizer brand to slap on its line of Power & Play Charging Systems for the Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. Indeed, the Energizer brand should give these chargers some added visibility in the market place. The model reviewed here, the Power & Play for Wii, lets you juice up two Wii Remotes at a time. It's available for between $35 and $40.

The system consists of a plastic charging base in which one or two Wiimotes stand vertically. The base's rubber feet keep it from sliding around, and it connects to a compact AC adapter that plugs into any wall outlet. Before you can juice up your controllers, though, you'll need to swap in the included custom NiMH battery packs, and the matching battery covers. The covers include a square hole through which the battery-charging leads peek through. They, in turn, line up with the electrical contacts in the base. (Additional battery packs with matching covers are available for $11 each.)

While you'll need to remove the Wiimote's silicone sleeves when charging, the Energizer Power & Play's base has a small space that accommodates the wrist strap while it's docked.

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Energizer Power & Play Charging Station (Wii)

Part Number: PL7528 Released: Oct. 15, 2008

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  • Release date Oct. 15, 2008
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