Joytech Wii Power Station

My addiction to the Nintendo Wii not only spans to the games console itself, it’s also in to the accessories market as well. Nintendo have not released a charging system for the Wii controllers as of yet, unlike the XBOX 360 which does have an official charging kit for sale, Nintendo are awfully shy and quiet when it comes to putting out accessories for this best-selling console.

Perhaps they’re too busy with production and keeping up with demand to be working on these things, who knows. Joytech however have released one of the first charging docks for the Nintendo Wii so if you’re lucky enough to have a Wii then this product will be of interest to you.

With a matching glossy exterior, this dual docking system for the Wii controllers fits two controllers and charges up the supplied batteries.

Inside the blister pack you get two sets of rechargeable batteries that have been integrated in to the battery cover shells. So you all you have to do is clip it on as you would do if you were fitting in normal batteries. This all in one enclosure houses the 2 AA batteries as well as the charging circuitry, so there’s no need to remove the back cover.

At the side are four things that stick out looking like feet. They’re actually retractable stands for keeping the nun chuck stored. Simply pull them out if you want to use it or push them back in if you don’t.

How does it work?

The charger packs have an all in one design that has two conductors designed in to them and when they come in to contact with the charging cradle will transfer power to the controllers. This is similar to the way many cordless home phones will charge up with the two conductors either at the rear or on the bottom of the handset.

In terms of connecting it up, I was expecting to have to put in a separate mains adapter, however this isn’t the case because the Joytech designers have designed and included in this package an adapter cable that plugs directly in to your Wii and then the other end of the adapter allows you room to connect the power adapter to it, that would normally fit straight in to the Wii. It’s an ingenious idea and one that I appreciate because it doesn’t require a separate mains adapter.

Charging time

From flat, the batteries take about 4 hours to charge up and you can top up the power whenever you need to simply by returning it to the docking cradle after each gaming session and a full charge will last anywhere between 6 to 8 hours of straight use.

Evaluation

A great piece of kit from Joytech and one that no Nintendo Wii owner should be without. Saves yourself from having to buy use-once batteries and invest in the Joytech Wii Power Station and you can have up to two of your controllers charging at all times ready for your next gaming session.

With a RRP of £24.99 and discounted prices at under £20, this isn’t going to set you back a lot considering the cost of a set of four AA rechargeable batteries and a charger. This kit will complete your Wii as a controller holder and ensures that you always have enough juice to satisfy your next crave of some intense Wii gaming.

2007-05-02 Onwah Tsang

10 comments - why not add yours

  • Darren says:

    K i’m wondering if this will be availible in my local game store or will i have to order this online

    Posted on 11th May 2007
  • oni says:

    Hey Darren. This kit is available from Amazon for about £18 (UK) if you’re looking to order it online. I’m not sure if it will be available in game stores though.

    Posted on 11th May 2007
  • Chris says:

    How about for the North American market? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

    Posted on 17th May 2007
  • oni says:

    “How about for the North American market? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.”

    – I’ve just had a quick look on Amazon.com but they don’t seem to have it but the Joytech site does list these following retailers as places to try:

    * http://www.Buy.com
    * http://www.Bestbuy.com
    * http://www.Outpost.com
    * http://www.Walmart.com

    Let me know if you have any luck with those sites, if not I can dig a little further to see where you can get a hold of one.

    Posted on 17th May 2007
  • filthgrinder says:

    There is a piece of information you forgot to include. One that is extremely important.

    Are the batteries lithium, or Nickel-cadmium?

    Why do I ask?
    Because if they are Nickel-cadmium, then you should NOT leave them on the charger. It will “overcharge” and reduce the life of the battery signifintly.
    So you should ONLY charge when its dead.

    Lithium on the other hand does not have this problem, and you can charge it after each play.

    Posted on 3rd June 2007
  • oni says:

    I have had a response from Joytech and they have informed me that the batteries are “Nickel Metal Hydride”.

    Hope that helps!

    Posted on 5th June 2007
  • kevin says:

    my wiimotes dont work after using this thing! does anyone have an answer? the stupid thing just blinks red and now the remotes dont even work with new batteries.

    Posted on 11th August 2008
  • Dave says:

    Same here,power station just blinks red and it has fried 3 of my controllers

    Posted on 17th December 2008
  • youghal says:

    SAFETY RECALL NOTICE
    Joytech brand Wii Power Station,
    equipped with rechargeable lithium-polymer batteries:
    If the docking station and/or battery packs of your Wii Power Station are marked

    “Lithium”

    stop using immediately!
    Website: http://www.powerstationrecall.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Telephone: +44 (0) 1429 243 219

    Posted on 28th December 2008

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