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For Wii Remote Dual Charger+4 Rechargeable Battery NEW
on February 27, 2012
After a year of using this the batteries the batteries stopped holding their charge and I stopped using them. I replaced them with AA rechargable batteries.
The Charging station
The charger has 2 slots to put batteries for charging and 2 slots to put the remotes with the batteries on them. There is an on/off switch on the back. Unplug your Wii AC adaptor and plug the chargers cable adapter in its place and then plug the Wii AC adaptor in the chargers cable adapter that is plugged into the Wii. I did not plug mine into my Wii, I just used a 12volt ac/dc adaptor(Wall Adapter Power Supply - 12VDC 1A) that plugs into the wall instead and that worked just fine.
On the back of the batteries it said and I quote "Note! Before using your battery pack for the first time, you must charge the battery over 12 hours or else the battery life will be reduced!" Other than that, those are the only instructions that came with it. I was able to put the remote on the charger without taking off the wii strap and just rolled up the wii jacket instead of taking it completely off. When I started the 12hr charge, the light was red (indicates batteries are charging), and about 2 hours later it was blue (which is supposed to indicate the batteries are fully charged), but I kept them charging all day anyway.
Putting Batteries On
After the charging was done I put them on the remotes. I have 3 remotes. 2 are official Wii remote plus controllers, the other is a 3rd party remote. The batteries fit with little effort on the 3rd party remote and is easy to remove. On the 2 Wii remote pluses, they are easy to put on, when removing them it seemed like they were stuck but they came off just fine.
With the batteries fully charged I tested 1 of the batteries out for 2 days. Each day I played games for about 2 - 4 hours at a time. After day 1, the battery power went down to 50%. At the end of day 2, the battery power left was 25%. I recharged it over night and it was ready to go in the morning. (Edit: I don't think it takes all night to recharge, that's just how long I left it charging. Obviously the less battery power left the longer it takes to recharge.)
Overall, so far I'm very happy I bought it. I'm hoping it continues to be useful over time.
Another Edit: I tried regular batteries in one of the wii remotes and they lasted for about a week. Still so glad I bought this!