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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, October 26, 2007
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This review is from: Wii Charger Stat Battery Kit (Colors may Vary) (Video Game)
I got the Nyko twin pack battery/charger plus one extra battery, since we have 3 kids and 3 Wii remotes.

Pros:

* Charging dock has built-in AC supply, so no clunky wall wart adapter to find a home for - just plug the dock into a convenient AC socket.
* Dock doesn't get warm (either while or while not charging batteries) which is unusual for cheap consumer electronic devices.
* Battery and cover are a perfect fit into the Wii remote.
* Comes with NiMH batteries (rather than the cheaper NiCd) so they should last a long time despite not being given 'good charging etiquette'.
* Looks like the designer put a proper charging circuit in, since the LEDs on the front go blue for 'charging' and green for 'finished'. I hate it when batteries are left roasting indefinitely.

Cons:

* Would have been nice if the supplied battery covers were of a different color - helps kids to know which are remotes 1, 2 and 3 before grabbing them. This is a constant source of squabbling in our house. There is a pecking order to who gets controller #1.
* There is no slot on the dock for the Wii remote strap to exit. You have to hold it awkwardly to the side while clicking the remote into the dock. This makes the charging contacts only just make contact. Any slight move and the remote stops charging. Tweeny kids are not very good at doing this.
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Showing 1-10 of 12 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Oct 28, 2007 12:25:55 AM PDT
Mitch S. says:
You can order extra battery packs with different colors and there is a slot for the remote strap :D.

Posted on Dec 2, 2007 9:47:43 PM PST
what are you talking about? The controllers don't have numbers. Whichever one is turned on first is controller one. They do appear to have a little memory about which one they are, but that only last a few minutes. the next time the wii is turned on, it'll be back to first come first serve.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2008 5:09:14 AM PDT
mjc0961 says:
And once they are on, there are lights at the bottom of the front of the remote that tell you which controller it is.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 5:29:24 PM PDT
Giggles says:
I had a friend whose Wii-mote didn't have a strap and at first I thought that's how they came and now, looking at my Wii-mote it looks as if the strap is easily removable. As for figuring out which remote is whose you can always buy the skins in each child's favorite color but it's like slartibartfast said, once the Wii is turned off the remotes reset themselves so it really doesn't even matter which kid has which remote. But I do remember that the Wii-mote that came with the system doesn't need to be synced at all.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 4:04:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2008 4:08:55 AM PDT
gospel86 says:
Get this new Wii Incharge, no more hassles to sit remotes down with care for metal contacts. I got one and it is also the only charger out there that worked through my skin controllers.

Wii InCharge Dual Charge Station

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 9:22:03 PM PST
M. Ford says:
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Posted on Jul 14, 2009 6:03:38 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2009 6:30:38 PM PDT
David says:
"The controllers don't have numbers. Whichever one is turned on first is controller one."

Apparently this is only on some Wiis. Mine also remembers which remote came with the console. If another is turned on, it defaults to the second remote. (I'm not sure what I will need to do if the first remote dies... I'll deal with that bridge when I come to it.)

Posted on Aug 9, 2009 11:59:56 AM PDT
Raider1655 says:
In order to increase the contact surface area, all one has to do is remove the strap, and the wiimote fits into the charger perfectly, and then one just has to re-attach the strap once the wiimote is done charging.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2009 1:01:19 PM PDT
El Geraldo says:
Remove a strap just to charge the batteries? Stroll on. It's hard enough to get the kids to put the straps on their wrists at all before playing dangerous flicking games, let alone expect them to re-install the straps each time. Since this is now several years old, it's time to get my hacksaw out and perform a modification...

@ slartibartfast: Indeed the controllers do forget their numbers eventually and the first powered on is #1. It took me a while to figure that out.
@ M. Ford: Eh? At at no point did I state that I expected Nintendo to solve even the remote squabbling problem, let alone ALL of the manifold problems encountered while raising children.
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