Nyko Charge Base 360 review: Nyko Charge Base 360

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Stores and charges batteries on up to two Xbox 360 controllers; comes with two rechargeable batteries.

The Bad Xbox 360 controller must be attached in order to charge.

The Bottom Line The Charge Base 360 works as advertised, but its bulky size and controller docking requirement make it a tough sell versus Microsoft's more compact alternative.

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Nyko recently released a dual controller charging solution for the PlayStation 3, the Charge Base 2. But unlike the internal (and nonremoveable) batteries of the PS3's DualShock 3 and Sixaxis controllers, Xbox 360 pads have detachable batteries. So the company's design for a similar 360 product required it to rethink a bit. Like the PS3 charger, the Charge Base 360 can charge up to two Xbox 360 controllers at once. The only catch here is that you'll be using the two batteries included with the Charge Base itself--any Microsoft-branded rechargeables will not work with the Nyko.

The charger is a white and gray dock that matches the Xbox 360 color scheme. Its rubber feet will ensure that the base won't go sliding anywhere, and its AC power cord gives you enough slack to store it away on a shelf or end table. The included custom NiMH batteries have a groove down the center where you'll find the contact points for charging.

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Nyko Charge Base 360

Part Number: 86070 Released: May. 27, 2008
Low Price: $244.94 See all prices

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  • Release date May. 27, 2008
  • Run Time (Up To) 25 hour(s)
  • Technology nickel metal hydride
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