The Wii has more than its fair share of charging solutions available. Countless products from different manufacturers that all perform the same tasks similarly and in almost identical fashion makes it easy to get lost when shopping for a decent controller charger. There have been many attempts at making excellent chargers, and only few have succeeded.
One of the first worthy chargers was the Nyko Charge Station, but the required controller back had a rubber grip on it that, while comfortable, makes the Wiimote incompatible with a lot of peripherals, and the traditional charging method requires users to remove the protective rubber jacket in order to dock, and featured an overly bright and painful blue LED light to signify controllers were charged. After about a year of use, they just quit working.
An increase from two controllers to four lead me to purchase a similar yet vastly superior Energizer charging dock that ditches a lot of problems I experienced with the Nyko. It doesn’t use gripped controller backs, so your controllers work with your favorite useless tennis racket peripherals, employed softer LED lights that don’t make your eyes bleed, and is all around more reliable. Still, though, you need to remove the protective jacket and the lights are still too bright. I’ve even had to get up at night to take the controllers off the dock because the LED lights were keeping me awake.
I am now on charger number three, as my Nyko Station has completely quit working. I was originally just going to buy another Energizer Station, as it has yet to give me any problems, but while browsing the shelves I stumble upon the Energizer Flat Panel Induction Charger. For those of you who don’t know what induction is, think of it as wireless charging.
It works by simply inserting to included controller pack into the back of your Wii Remote and laying the controller on the charging system. The battery pack is not padded and is completely flat, with no exposed copper leads on the underside. This means no more struggling to get the controller’s leads and charging station’s leads matched up perfectly, instead you simply lay the controller on the flat panel and it will be magnetically pulled to and secured where it needs to be.
The physical design is simple, yet very pleasing. The device is rugged and solid, designed with metal as opposed to cheap plastics. There is also no empty space inside, which helps keep it compact. The lights are placed at the top of the unit and, since it’s flat, don’t point into your eyeballs and burn your retina while they are on. They are very small anyway, so they emit very little light. They are both shaped like Wiimotes in jackets, with red signifying a charge is in progress and green means you’re ready to go.
The greatest thing about this charger is, like I’ve already said, the fact that it work with any variation of the controller. You can have the protective condom jacket on, a Nunchuck or Classic Controller plugged in, Wii Motion Plus inserted, or even have the controller inside of the Mario Kart Wheel or a useless tennis racket and it’ll still work. And with no use of copper leads, I don’t see this thing ever getting worn out and in need of replacement.
The Energizer Flat Panel Induction Charger may not be the cheapest charging solution available, costing about $30 bucks, but it is definitely the best I’ve experienced. Wireless charging makes for convenient and care-free use, the physical design is solid and aesthetically pleasing with no outstanding deficits or quirks, and with no copper leads needed for charging to work I doubt this thing will ever quit working. Like I said, this is easily the best Wiimote charger I’ve ever used. Highly recommended.
- Solid design
- Works with all variations of the Wiimote
- Wireless charging
- Works flawlessly
- A little more expensive than traditional chargers
Score: 9.0/10 (Outstanding)