There is something quite infuriating about needing AA batteries to use a wireless controller in this day and age, which still leaves me a little put off when using the Xbox One controller. What makes matters even worse is that there is no way to check how much battery life you have left on the Xbox One controller whether you use AA batteries or even if you use a Microsoft rechargeable battery pack. So when you are playing online and your battery just dies and turns off your controller, instead of scrambling to find some batteries to throw in quickly before you get p0wned, do yourself a favor and pickup Nyko’s Charge Base and avoid the headache and drama all together.
Nyko’s Charge Base solves all the above problems. For starters it comes with two rechargeable battery packs that fit perfectly into the Xbox One controller, thus doing away with the constant need for AA batteries. Couple that with a sleek dock where you can easily charge two controllers at a time and monitor their charge levels and you got yourself a winning ticket. Let me be clear, you still will not be able to verify your battery life in-game. You will however be able to throw it on the charger before you start to know roughly where you stand.
When a controller is loaded into the Charge Base, two different LED indicators will show up on the dock itself. First off the dock will recognize that a controller is attached and a controller icon will appear on the dock. Second a square will show up underneath the controller icon which indicates the state of charge of the battery pack via color. A red square shows that the charge is less than 25%, an orange square represents 25- 50%, and finally a green square puts you at 75 – 100% battery life.
The only real downside to the Nyko Charge Base for Xbox One is that the battery pack must be physically inside the controller to charge. It would have been much more useful if you could simply plug in the rechargeable battery pack so that you don’t have to use a controller to charge up the battery since all the controller physically does is provide a snug fit into the base. Given that at this time I only have one Xbox One controller and two battery packs, it would be significantly more convenient to be able to charge the other battery pack while I am playing to avoid any downtime for those 24 hour gaming sessions that I love to binge on. But then at the same time, it is quite nice to simply put the controller on the dock when I am done with a normal gaming session and just come back to a fully charged controller without the fuss of ejecting the battery pack.
The setup is easy. Simply plug the dock into the wall, plop the provided battery pack into the controller, put on the provided back cover, and dump your controller in the dock. At $29.99 retail, the Nyko Charge Base isn’t bad at all, especially when you consider that you get two rechargeable battery packs being thrown in with the dock. I haven’t had any issues with placing my controllers in the dock or getting the packs to charge. If you are tired of the hassle of AA batteries and want the ease of just picking up your controller and playing, the Nyko Charge Base will definitely do the trick.