After a seemingly endless tirade of Nintendo Wii charging accessories, not until now have we seen third-party manufacturers enter the world of induction charging.
We already have our hands on the Energizer 2X Induction Charge Station and we really enjoyed the convenience of not having to detach batteries and Wii remote skins to charge. With the Nyko Charge Base IC, you can now enjoy the advantages of a magnetic induction charging system.
The Nyko Charge Base IC is simple enough, and it's the best Nyko charger we've used to date. The company has included a few additions here and there that really make the device stand out, and at $40, it should be the only Wii charge you'll need for a long time.
The Charge Base IC is a slick stand composed of two charging docks and a base. Between the magnetic charging docks is a power button--the first we've seen on a controller charger--that turns the system on and off. Kudos to Nyko here, as this definitely reduces the dreaded phantom power that idle devices can sometimes leak.
The two included battery packs double as controller grips, similar to the ones we've seen in the standard Nyko Charging Station. The only difference with these cases is that they offer access to the Wii sync buttons via a tiny hole placed in the casing. Nyko cleverly included a funny-looking accessory to reach the button, a plastic "sync tool."
Each charging slot on the Charge Base IC glows blue while charging and switches over to green when it's all powered up. This process takes around 4 hours to complete and Nyko claims it should net you roughly 20 hours of actual play time.
What's great about the Charge Base's design is the free-standing magnetic dock that not only allows for charging Wii remotes with MotionPlus attached, but also lets you juice up remotes with the rubber jacket still attached. Also, you don't necessarily need the Wii remote attached while charging; you can simply leave the batteries attached and use an alternate power source temporarily.
On the back of the Charge Base is an auxiliary USB port that Nyko has thrown in as an added bonus. When the system is turned on, you can use this port to charge any device that connects via USB, a welcome extra that we've never seen on a gaming charger before.
Overall, we think the Nyko Charge Base IC is an excellent Wii remote charger. Priced at $40, it's a few dollars more than we'd like to pay for such a device, but the magnetic induction, auxiliary USB port, and power toggle separate it from other charging systems we've seen.