Penguin 4X Quad Charge Station for Wii review: Penguin 4X Quad Charge Station for Wii

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Charges and stores up to four Wii remotes simultaneously; includes four one-piece battery/cover combos; recessed sync buttons on covers; visual charging progress indicator.

The Bad Charging contacts on base feel a bit flimsy; base's bright blue LED lights may annoy some; battery cover grips don't deliver notably better traction; remote sleeves must be removed during charging.

The Bottom Line The Penguin 4X Quad Charge Station does a great job charging and storing up to four Wii remotes.

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Of the trio of current-generation video game consoles, only the Nintendo Wii lacks a first-party recharging solution for its controllers. If you don't want to go through an endless stream of AA batteries, that means you'll be turning to one of the increasing number of third-party charging accessories becoming available. We're still very happy with our Nyko Charging Base that can simultaneously power up to two Wii remotes and adds a nice rubber grip to the back of the controllers as well. But the 4X Quad Charge Station from Penguin United ups the ante: now you can simultaneously charge up to four remotes at once. The added capacity plus some smart design decisions makes the Penguin a contender for the best Wii controller charger to date.

The Quad Charge Station is a circular base that won't go sliding away thanks to its rubber feet. The four Wii remote docking slots are arranged in a cross-shaped pattern on the unit's topside, which is sloped upward. The bright blue LEDs under each docking slot aren't the tackiest thing we've ever come across, but in a dark room they may become distracting. Unfortunately, there's no way to turn these lights off once the charging base is plugged in, but the AC adapter cable is detachable from the base itself.


The Quad Charge Station includes four rechargeable battery packs.

The Quad Charge Station ships with four rechargeable battery packs that snap into the battery compartment of any standard Wii remote. These battery/cover combinations are actually lighter than the standard AA batteries and battery cover they replace, and the result is a Wii controller with a slightly different weight. We detected no change in gameplay experience, but hardcore Wii fans might need awhile to adjust to the new feel.

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Penguin 4X Quad Charge Station for Wii

Part Number: 090PUWP Released: Jul 15, 2008
Low Price: $22.49 See all prices

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  • Release date Jul 15, 2008
  • Recharge Time 4 hour(s)
  • Run Time (Up To) 13 hour(s)
  • Technology lithium ion