Energizer Induction Charging System Review

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Energizer Induction Charging System Company: PDP (Performance Designed Products)
Platform: Wii

Performance Designed Products and Energizer have made charging your Wii Remote and keeping it charged more convenient than ever. The Energizer Induction Charging System easily keeps two Wii Remotes charged without worrying about matching up electrical contacts.

Kyle Ackerman

The Energizer Induction Charging System from Performance Designed Products has become my charging system of choice for the Wii. Not only does the Energizer ICS benefit from quality design, it easily tops other Wii chargers by virtue of the fact that it's late to market.

Energizer Induction Charging SystemI've used two other charging systems with regularity, both designed well before Nintendo convinced everyone to encase their Wii Remotes in big rubber gloves that make for a better grip and completely prevent them from sitting comfortably in a charger base. Now that Nintendo has released the Wii MotionPlus remote in North America, that extra nubbin stuck into the base of the Wii Remote makes most charging systems impossible to use without disassembling and reassembling the Wii Remote and its accessories. That's no fun.

The Energizer ICS is a brilliant and simple solution. The induction charging system means that The Wii Remote (once the battery pack is inserted) just has to sit against the alcove in the charging base to power up. That means it's easy to leave on the rubber grip, the Wii MotionPlus attachment, or even leave a Nunchuk dangling from the end of the Wii Remote, and it still charges. That simple convenience may not sound important, but I found myself breathing a sigh of relief every time I put down my remote to recharge.

Energizer Induction Charging SystemThe system includes two battery packs that can be inserted into two remotes, both of which can be charged in the station at the same time. The Energizer ICS can remain flat to fit on a short shelf, or stand up so that the remotes lean as they charge. The light indicators that show whether the Wii Remote is charging are clear and it typically took a little more than four hours to charge.

Through heavy use, I confirmed that the battery packs last through long sessions of play, the charging system is convenient and I didn't notice any deterioration in the amount of time a full charge lasted across a few weeks of heavy use. It's easy to recommend, even at nearly $50, as your top Wii charging solution. I'm unplugging my other Wii recharging devices and packing them away.

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