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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent PS3 Add-On; Bad Design By Sony, 3 Dec 2011
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I have no problem with the performance of this add-on to the PlayStation 3 family, which works as advertised and reliably, but I have issue with Sony's bad design as I shall explain below.

As you may have noticed, all PlayStation controllers can only be charged either through the PlayStation machine itself (which requires switching on the unit for charging) or by using a special charging unit that you must purchase -- Sony's lock-in idea to make you buy another Sony product (although fortunately there are cheaper non-branded alternatives).

Nowadays a 5V mains charger with mini USB connector, as for PS3 controllers, is ubiquitous and they come with mobile phones, digital cameras, wireless stereo headphones, and many other portable devices. Chances are you may have one sitting idle or shareable with another device for charging.

If you try to charge your PS3 controllers, none of them work with an ordinary 5V mains charger used with other portable devices despite the fact that the DC plug is compatible. The reason is that Sony, in their wisdom of proprietary design have decided for the charging to take place only when the USB data line is active (which doesn't exist nor necessary with mains chargers).

Here are the options if you want to charge a PS3 controller:

1) Power up PlayStation 3 machine with power consumption in tens of watts (depends on model and at least 75W when idle);
2) Power up your laptop or Desktop PC and plug PS3 controller into the USB port as for PlayStation, and again unnecessary power consumption as for PS3 if not much more for desktop PC. The laptop or PC thinks a device is attached and activates the data line in effect doing what Sony intended;
3) By a special charger unit that emulates Sony's peculiar charging condition (same as the 5V mains charger but activate the data line on the power connector pin - which is unnecessary to start with).

Sony did not only make it impossible to use ordinary chargers that only consumes a watt or two for charging PS3 controllers, the Sony way is environmentally unfriendly and inconsistent with the current trend when we are becoming increasingly conscious of the cost of energy and the environment.

Forgive the rant but hope you'd appreciate the point as valid and useful product feedback by customers.
I also hope Sony takes notice of this.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012 21:49:11 BDT
Someone says:
I just bought a PS3 move and chargers for the moves and controllers. I did not know that I had to leave the PS3 console on and for 3-4 hours for it to charge. Also there are a total of 3 USB ports required for the lot and Sony has only two. It did not need a genius to work out that there should be special charger port at the back of the console for charging. Well, I googled for a way to charge them using my PC which is on when I am home. But I found a neater solution. I had a spare DLINK 4 port hub (5v) and placed it next to the console and plugged them all in that and the charged find. I think as long as you use the right cable there should not be a problem. I guess with USB there is no danger of over-powering and the device sucks the charge as needed. As long as the USB device does not require more than what the hub can provide it should charge. Try that, it is a much better solution.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2013 00:39:41 BDT
Peter7811 says:
Very true - SONY is an ignorant company stealing our money (not just for chargers and electricity but predominantelly for a YLOD issue) - I will never buy SONY and I'll go generic every time it's possible!
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