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

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2.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

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.

5.7 Overall
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 4.0

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.

It took us about 4 hours to charge two controllers, but there were a couple of snags. While the controllers sit fairly tightly in their cradles, there's just enough play that you might need to nudge each one back and forth a bit to make sure the charging connectors meet up. The other problem was the indicator lights underneath each charger. The lights are supposed to show red for charging and green when topped off. But the lights seem to give us several false positives--unmounting and remounting a supposedly charged (green) controller back into charging (red) mode, and vice versa. If you left them in for long enough, they'd eventually even up--but that obviates the whole reason for the lights to begin with.

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