Nyko Charge Base 2 (PS3) review: Nyko Charge Base 2 (PS3)

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MSRP: $29.95

The Good Charges one or two wireless PS3 controllers without having to hook them up to your PlayStation 3 for recharging.

The Bad Mirrored finish is a fingerprint magnet; overall tacky look; snap-on adapters will be easy to misplace; indicator lights are more confusing than helpful.

The Bottom Line The Nyko Charge Base 2 is a convenient way to keep your wireless PS3 controllers charged without having to turn on your PlayStation 3.

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7.4 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8

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Anybody who owns a PlayStation 3 knows that one of the irritating things about it is that you have to have your PS3 powered on in order to charge its wireless controllers. The big problem is that most people have their PS3 powered on only when they're playing with it--which is when you want to be using your wireless controller, not charging it via a USB cable that effectively turns it into a corded controller.

To help solve the whole PS3 controller charging problem, Nyko has come up with a contraption called the Nyko Charge Base 2, which sells for about $30 and is the successor to the original Charge Base. While the earlier model charged as many as four controllers, the Charge Base 2 is designed to charge two PS3 controllers at once. Depending on your design taste, you'll either find it kind of cool looking or somewhat garish.

We didn't really like the mirrored finish--it's a fingerprint magnet--and while the two glowing LED status lights are appealing, they're pretty bright, and some may find them distracting unless you hide the charger, say, behind your TV. They glow red when your controller is completely dead, solid green when your controller is fully charged, and flash between red and green when charging is nearly complete.

A small dongle needs to be attached to the controller's USB port before it can be charged.