Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Wii Charge stations - anyone not got one of these yet?

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by i0n, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. i0n

    i0n :eek:

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,463
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    UK
    If you're sick of robbing the batteries out of other remotes to power your wiimotes then it could be time to get yourself a Nyko charge station.

    It took me a while to cave in and get one, but after having one for a few weeks now they're definitely worth it.
     
  2. 6ix

    6ix rebmeM tahCiiW

    Joined:
    May 24, 2007
    Messages:
    308
    Likes Received:
    5
    I'm about to get the same thing when I go to Best Buy which is some time this week probably the weekend. It'll pay for itself through all the batteries I won't need to use. Also since I'll have the Remotes docked any time I'm not playing, there's virtually never gonna be a time I need to replace the batteries or recharge them, even through a long sleepover or party.
     
  3. Skippy

    Skippy WiiChat Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    2,191
    Likes Received:
    18
    I've been using the Nyko station for months now and it's been great.

    Amazon has them on sale, but I'm not sure for how much longer.
     
  4. WiiWouldLike2Play

    WiiWouldLike2Play CU Guild For Life! :DDD

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Messages:
    2,115
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    Clearwater, Florida
    Wii Friend Code: 2881-3576-4343-5770
    2881-3576-4343-5770
    Ahh! Thanks i0n. :D I was going to get one of these... >_> But, I wasn't so sure. Lol. Aren't they only like.. 30 bucks?
     
  5. ARav989

    ARav989 WiiChat Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,202
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    New Joisey 0_o
    Wii Friend Code: 6597-7058-7157-6973
    6597-7058-7157-6973
    I planned to get one of these for awhile, but the thought sort of just drifted away. It doesn't really seem worth it nowadays because my brother and I share the Wii. One week he takes it to college, the next he leaves it home with me. so half the time I dont even have it.
     
  6. JAKE196

    JAKE196 Cogito Ergo Sum

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    1,720
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Williamsburg, VA (U.S.A.)
    Another good alternative is just plain rechargable AA batteries, that way you can use them for anything.
     
  7. krisv2010

    krisv2010 WiiChat Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Messages:
    228
    Likes Received:
    3
    Wii Friend Code: 0340-3497-6441-4373
    0340-3497-6441-4373
    so does anyone leave their wiimotes on the charger permanently? and does it hurt the life of the batterys? i guess i won't be able to use my free wiimote cases because they probably won't work with the charger
     
  8. RivalDestiny

    RivalDestiny WiiChat Member
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,451
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Michigan
    Wii Friend Code: 0409-5781-9484-0073
    0409-5781-9484-0073
    Amazon is selling for $20, offer ends this Saturday I believe.

    Click Here

    @Kris

    The charger comes with 2 Wii Mote Battery Covers with batteries attached to them. If you want to charge them, just simply take off the free wiimote covers.
     
  9. vi3tmix

    vi3tmix WiiChat Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Houston, Tx
    Yeah, I'm set on rechargeable AA's, too, but I think mostly because I picked them up before the charge station was officially released.

    I've read on the charge station since it came out, though, and made comparisons:
    • Wiimote jackets (official or third party) won't fit when placed on the station)
      AA's obviously don't need to worry about this
    • I can't find batteries sold separately, so that I could do something like have a total of 4 battery packs for only one charger...or buy spares as soon as one dies out.
      Spare AA's are plentiful, but normally priced at $6-8 per pair
    • I read that the Nyko batteries must be charged every day.
      My Duracells lasted 20+ hours of gameplay when I first got them. Nowadays they last maybe 12+?
    • I couldn't find out how long the Nyko charger really took to charge batteries.
      My AAs have a 15min charger.
    • I heard that the Nyko batteries go completely dead after 6 months.
      My rechargeables have been consistently used for 10 months, now

    I'm not exactly trying to say rechargeables are better, but I'm just making comparisons between my experiences and what I've read. If you could answer some questions, or contest some of the things I've read, please do (particularly, where could you find the battery packs sold separately).

    $30 retail, but there are usually several $20 sales (It was even in the article provided in the original post, but I thought I'd link you through NintenDeals, because it's a great site). The Nyko Charge Station deal keeps on going down and coming back up again on Amazon. I think this is like the 4th time I've seen it "for sale," there.
     
    #9 vi3tmix, Oct 17, 2007
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2007
    • Like Like x 1
  10. [DT]

    [DT] Gearhead Surf Coder

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2007
    Messages:
    1,314
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    Vilano Beach, FL
    This is a really thoughtful, well put together post. :yesnod: I have the Nyko product so I'll respond.

    I'm assuming this is true (though I haven't received my Wii jackets yet - it's makes sense with the contact tolerance being to tight) - to be honest, I doubt I'll ever use the Nintendo or other branded jacket so it's not much of a concern.

    On the upside, the Nyko replacement battery covers have a pretty nice rubberized grip.


    No idea, I guess I'll cross that bridge when we come to it. One charger charges two packs (assuming you have two remotes). Nice upside on the AA's.

    I left our remotes off the charger for 2 or 3 days, and they pretty much retained whatever charge was left. I don't think daily is at all necessary, but the upside with the Nyko is recharging is the same as storing - no need to open the back, pull out batteries put them on a charger, put them back in the remote. Just sit the remote on the charge station, done.

    I don't know as it's more transparent (see my post above) - you sort of just use the remote for as long as you want on any given day and stick it on the charger/stand. I know I want to 50%, put it on the stand, and I *believe* it was back at full in under an hour, but that's the smallest timeframe I've ever played again (usually it's more day to day)

    Again, no idea since we're at about 1-2 months. They're NiMH spec so based on other NiMH rechargable devices I've had, they should easily hit 12 months (at least based on our usage).

    To be honest, anything is better than constantly buying non-rechargable AA's.
     
  11. Moose

    Moose The Wookie

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2007
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    Wii Friend Code: 1606-9696-7776-6446
    1606-9696-7776-6446
    Own one. Love it. A damn good investment. I've had my charge station since July, and it's still going strong.

    If it really does go dead after 6 months, i'll be sure to let you guys know
     
  12. Marioman

    Marioman Locke likes oranges

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Messages:
    2,057
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Ohio, Cincinnatti
    Wii Friend Code: 2808-0927-1557-0457
    2808-0927-1557-0457
    I got one for my birthday...the nyko station...it works so well and is so worth it to get one...even comes with a special rubber grip lol :)
     
  13. sagema

    sagema 3D Artist

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,685
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    NY
    Wii Friend Code: 4496-9128-1304-3457
    4496-9128-1304-3457
    Unfortunately I recieved a massive amount of batteries from X-mas 06. So I'm not buying anything until I go through all of them. I think so far I only used up 10% of the box. SSBB should put a dent in that... maybe I'll use a GC controller.
     
  14. dakuda

    dakuda WiiChat Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2007
    Messages:
    648
    Likes Received:
    26
    Wii Friend Code: 0000-0000-0000-0000
    0000-0000-0000-0000
    deleted
     
    #14 dakuda, Oct 17, 2007
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012
  15. haloagain

    haloagain WiiChat Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    This seems to be a pretty decent idea for some people, but IMO isn't really worth getting another gadget sitting around the TV with a power cord lying around etc. There are already too many chargers, cables etc.

    What works for me is to have a large number (10-12) AA and AAA rechargeable batteries and a good charger sitting around. If you can manage to always have a few charged batteries available you can just swap out batteries when you die.

    since AA and AAA are more "standard" they'll work for all the toys, remotes and what not. Much less clutter and really functional.

    these days rechargeable batteries are pretty cheap too.
     
  16. rahil

    rahil WiiChat Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    California
    Wii Friend Code: 3814-8174-8055-6199
    3814-8174-8055-6199
    I've had one for a couple of months now and they are awsome!!
     
  17. [DT]

    [DT] Gearhead Surf Coder

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2007
    Messages:
    1,314
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    Vilano Beach, FL
    The clutter is really next to nothing - I'm pretty concerned with the aesthetics of our TV area, and the Nyko takes up just a tiny bit of extra space right next to the Wii and the power cord disappears behind the stand/TV. In fact, it makes the controllers (unless you put them in a drawer) look much more organized while they're not being used.
     
  18. dark samus

    dark samus come to the dark side....

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    349
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    victoria, australia
    Wii Friend Code: 7159-9733-2785-0220
    7159-9733-2785-0220
    ive got a charger attached to my white wii stand it glows blue,charges batterys, has a fan to cool my wii down, and a controller holder it plugs into the usb port so when the wiis on the stand is on
     
  19. LevesqueIsKing

    LevesqueIsKing An Instant Classic

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2007
    Messages:
    4,855
    Likes Received:
    66
    Wii Friend Code: 0000-0000-0000-0000
    0000-0000-0000-0000
    I was going to buy one of these the day I got my wii. I still don't have one.

    The only reason I don't have one is that I was told that you should only charge them when they are completely dead, thus defeating the purpose of being able to always have a full charge. They said that if you put them on the charger whenever you want that it hurts the battery life.

    Can anyone comment on this? Are you really supposed to only charge them when they're dead?
     
  20. KrisKhaos

    KrisKhaos Retro Gamer

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Wii Friend Code: 2328-3260-7811-1534
    2328-3260-7811-1534
    I've owned one since August and the batteries are those typically found in cordless telephone, NiMH. Like cordless telephones, these remotes are still somewhat low power requiring devices, and the Nickel Metal Hydride batteries don't develop a memory as easily as there NiCd cousins. These batteries should last 1 to 2 years before the effects begin to show.

    Stand-alone replacement batteries with a new back are available for $10 or less can be ordered or picked up at the local GameStop. For those who are cheap like me, battery specialists such as BatteriesPlus are often able to cycle out battery memory for only a couple bucks and extending the life of the battery for another 6 months to a year..

    So the answer is No. I don't see it being a problem. :)
     

Share This Page