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on 3 March 2011
One of the only drawbacks to owning a nice shiny black Wii console is the constant charging and re-charging of batteries - and often at inopportune moments too; the number of times I've been in mid-jump or a desperate scrap with a zombie boss for my remote to suddenly crap out on me are too numerous to mention. There does seem to be a glut of similar (unofficial) Wii chargers on the market but, with Duracell being a reliable brand name, I decided to take a punt on this one. Once I'd navigated past the simple but surprisingly secure packaging (you will need scissors or Wolverine-like claws), I was struck by how clean and smart the design of the charging stand was. Looks aside, I was also pleased that the console slotted directly into the stand and then the console's power supply connects straight into the back of that so no extra plug sockets were needed. There are two compartments for your remotes to sit upright in and, oddly, only one compartment for a nunchuk. This is a slightly bewildering but minor niggle. Had the nunchuk been designed to require charging too, I daresay two slots would have been provided. As it is, it just seems like a peculiar half-measure.
Anyway, as some other reviewers have pointed out, you will have to remove your remote skins and the Motion-Plus if you use them, before the remote will sit in the charging bay. As for the wrist strap, I tend to just tuck it up and under the remote so it is poking out at the front. Any other position and it's likely it will block the connections. The battery packs provided fit neatly into the back of your remotes and, as it clearly says in the instructions, require a minimum of 12 hours on their first charge before they are used. The instructions also state that the battery packs will hold their charge for longer each time they are charged. Charging state is indicated simply: red means it's charging, blue means it's ready to go - simple as that. If you're not getting a light at all, chances are you've not put the remote in correctly, so give the remote a wiggle and you should be okay. Also, as an added bonus, your Wii console doesn't have to be on for the charger to work. One problem I did encounter was that I had to re-sync both my remotes once charged, which proved to be difficult when the battery pack actually hides the Sync button. So, it was out with the battery packs and back in with the rechargeable AA batteries for five minutes, while I sorted that out. Luckily, the Duracell charger saw fit to also include a space for two AAs so that wasn't a massive issue. Ideally, this space could've been used as storage for the second nunchuk but a spare pair of ready-charged batteries will always come in handy so it's no great loss.
All in all, a decent product that looks and functions as you'd expect. I'm surprised that this or a similar charging stand hasn't replaced the dull silver/grey stand that is bundled with the Wii as a standard accessory but that oversight seems to have been quickly picked up on by other manufacturers and is ultimately Nintendo's loss. Time will tell on the longevity of the battery packs and how hard-wearing the shiny finish is but, for now, I'd say this is well worth the money.